Youth Literacy Program
The Youth Literacy Program (YLP) was developed with the goal of increasing elementary reading proficiency levels by creating an opportunity for children in the East Athens community to receive direct literacy support within their own community.
The YLP provides students with an after-school program located in the community focused and dedicated to helping students engage in literary development and academic growth. Students have the opportunity to receive 1:1 tutoring and support from volunteers in their community who will meet with them twice a week to help them meet the grade reading proficiency levels.
After School Engagement:
School-age children and youth spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school, while 1 in 5 young people in the U.S. are alone after the school day ends (Afterschool Alliance, 2020).
After School programs offer an additional learning setting that brings a range of benefits to youth, families, and communities. After-school programs can support social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe and supportive environment for children and youth (Youth.gov)
After School programs have the opportunity to provide youth with positive resources and connections such as enrichment-focused activities and opportunities, development in academic, social, and emotional learning, supervision during the hours they are not in school or with a guardian, and lastly prevention of delinquency and other risk behaviors (American Youth Policy Forum, 2006).
What will students receive:
1:1 Tutoring twice a week
Practice with Reading and Writing skills
Enrichment Lessons (Book Club, S.T.E.M activities, Outdoor education, Cultural enrichment, & Social-emotional learning)
- Encouragement & Support with individual Tutors
Our Results for Children:
The Youth Literacy Program provides elementary grade students with an after-school program located in the community focused and dedicated to helping students engage in literary development and academic growth.
The Youth Literacy Program's overall goal is to empower our students to enjoy reading, build their vocabulary, deepen their critical thinking, and develop their confidence and skills in their reading and writing.
How the Program Works:
-Tutors will meet with students twice a week for two hours to focus on reaching the grade level literacy requirements
- Engage in homework assistance
-Increase reading fluency and comprehension skills
- Improve sight word recognition and practice phonetic awareness
- Understanding stories (ideas, making predictions, and journal)
- Develop writing skills on their grade level
- Build vocabulary skills and improve word identification
- Create a space and opportunity for our students enrolled in the program to feel confident about their reading and writing skills and be excited to learn!