Student Success Program
The Student Success Program encompasses our efforts in local schools to help make children more available for learning and support their academic success. The Student Success Program provides services that include tutoring, book bunch early literacy, counseling and adopt-a-school initiatives.
Tutoring services are provided by volunteer tutors who are specially trained in a phonics based reading curriculum, Phonics Boost. Volunteers commit to weekly sessions with struggling readers in our partner schools.
Each year, the students show significant improvement in reading. We also provide math and science tutors.
The Book Bunch is an early literacy intervention for children 0-5. The goal of book is to instill a love of books and reading in children by engaging them and their parents in activiites around books. Book Bunch meets monthly, on Saturday mornings at the Merrick Youth Center in Ward 8. Volunteers lead the children in book themed storytime, play, crafts, dance, and song. Each participant receives books to take home. Click here to see the books we have read so far.
Counseling services are provided to children in our partner schools by licensed social workers who work for the Society. These counselors help the children through tough times, crises, relationship challenges, bullying, academic problems, abusive home lives, and violent communities. The social workers provide support and guidance so the children can work through obstacles and succeed in school. Our partner schools are Don Bosco Cristo Rey, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony, St. Augustine, and the Washington School for Girls.
The School Counseling Program provides the following school-based clinical services:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Crisis intervention
- Drop ins
- Lunch bunch groups
- Book clubs
- Classroom workshops
- School-wide programs
- Family support
- High school transition
- New student groups
- Clinical consultations for teachers and administrators
- Referrals to community agencies
Adopt a School
The adopt-a-school initiative is an effort to provide material support to our partner schools. Our guilds meet a variety of needs for the students such as uniforms, coats, sports equipment, field trip funding, classroom technology and sponsorship of special events.