RENEWAL NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRY
Education is one of the keys to helping children escape generational poverty. Many young people in our community face incredible challenges.
Our goal is to help remove the obstacle to that student getting a good education by working alongside them one on one to encourage them, hold them accountable, and help them develop relationships with our tutors.
One on one works. When kids get individualized attention, they tend to do better in school but also in relationships. They want to have relationships with adults who are going to encourage them and help them set goals and achieve those goals
We've partnered with local schools to identify students who are not yet reading at grade level (haven’t passed the IREAD standardized test). There’s a gap where they keep getting further behind because schools don’t have the resources to help them catch up. Because of where they are in school, they’re not getting intervention in the classroom any longer because they’re supposed to have already learned this.
That's where we step in. Our reading program helps fill in the gap and gives students extra attention and resources to learn how to read at grade level.
Andraea was getting bad grades at school. She felt like she was working hard, but her grades did not show it. She was also struggling with some of the other girls at the school. The combination of bad grades and some bad days at school discouraged her and made it difficult for her tutors to make any real progress with her. They began to walk her through the issues with the other kids at school and to encourage her to focus more on learning the material she was ready for than on the grades she received. She began to make some progress. With the helpful assistance of the staff at CCP, we began to understand her situation better. The problem was not that Andraea was not trying hard or doing well in school. The problem was that Andraea was so far behind grade level, that even though she was learning her grades were still poor because she was not yet ready to master the material she was being evaluated on at her grade level. We committed to the school and to Andraea’s family to work with her to help close that gap. We explained the situation to her. We helped her to understand the gap between where she was now and where she needed to be. As she began to understand, she also began to see that once she was able to close that gap that she would have acquired good skills and study habits that would enable her to succeed in school when it really counted. Slowly but surely, the gap began to close. As it did, her attitude began to change. Her concerns with how she was treated by the other girls at the school went away. Instead of being reluctant or sluggish, she participated in her tutoring with enthusiasm. She gained confidence and as she did so, her progress snowballed. Through the dedication and, in all honesty, love, of her tutors, she understood her situation and has worked hard to overcome it. But here is the coolest thing: Andraea is not just a different student, she is a different person. Her attitude has changed. Her outlook has changed. She has new confidence and enthusiasm, not just about school but about who she is. And I am sure it is no coincidence that she has grown spiritually as well. Andraea regularly attends our monthly worship services. She prays and speaks of God with a level of maturity that shows she both understands and believes what she has heard. In reaching Andraea’s physical needs, we have reached her spiritual needs as well.
What's Next? - Our Vision for the Future
Expand the Reading Program
We want every child in our neighborhood to be able to read at grade level
Hire an Education Coordinator
We want to hire an Education Coordinator to work with each student's teacher to create personalized tutoring plans in order to make a greater impact.