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AmeriCorps VISTA Brings Success to Schools

This fall, New York Cares launched the School Success Initiative, a year-long intensive partnership with four high-need elementary schools. Our goal is to create and expand educational programming opportunities for students, parents, and community members at our four partner sites: PS 107 X in Soundview, PS 366 M in Inwood, PS 20 Q in Flushing, and PS 196 K in Bushwick.

We were fortunate to receive three AmeriCorps VISTA associates to help us launch this brand new program: Herby Jeanty, Kasseopia Davis, and Sophia Smart. Herby and Kasseopia are planning children’s educational programming focused on literacy, math, and science that will provide students with the academic skills needed to succeed in school, college, and the workforce. Sophia is starting adult educational programming at all four schools that will provide parents with the skills they need to find employment, advance in their careers, assist their children with school work, and properly navigate the public school system. Below are some examples of successes they’ve had so far:

On December 13th, Herby and Sophia hosted PS 20 Q’s first Family Literacy Night. This project provided 44 Mandarin and Spanish speaking parents with innovative and fun techniques to increase their child’s love of literature and make reading an enriching part of their academic journey. In addition, the volunteers helped the 54 students in attendance improve their English comprehension skills through paired and small group read-alouds with their parents.

Kasseopia has recently developed a Saturday Homework Help program at PS 107 X that provides academic support to students in grades 2-5 by strengthening their literacy skills, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and playing enriching educational games. Homework Help at PS 107 X has been so successful, that the school decided to add 18 more students within two weeks of its start date. As a bonus, Kasseopia received a small office inside the school from the principal!

We are so proud of Herby, Kasseopia, and Sophia’s hard work to get this brand new initiative off the ground, but the School Success Initiative wouldn’t be possible without the support of caring volunteers like you. If you would like to be part of one of their upcoming projects (or if you want to check out Kasseopia’s posh new office at PS 107 X) please click here to sign up, or type School Success in the keyword box on the “Search Projects” page.

We look forward to seeing you on a future project!

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