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THE ACADEMY PROJECT

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DO YOU LOVE TO READ? DO YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING? DO YOU WANT TO HELP FOSTER AND HOMELESS YOUTH? THE CO-OP'S READING PARTNER PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!!

The County of Los Angeles has more than 35,000 youth in the foster care system.
That's not a typo.
Los Angeles COUNTY has more foster youth than the entire STATE population of NY. (26,000 foster youth)

75% of foster youth are reading two to five levels below their actual grade.

YOU CAN HELP!!!

The Co-Op's Reading Partners Program was created to fill the widening gap between a youth’s reading ability and his/her actual grade level and meets once a week on Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

Depending on the level of the youth the pair might take turns reading aloud, the youth might read aloud, or the partner might read and have the youth follow along. These weekly visits provide time for reading improvement and also provide time for a relationship to grow between the youth and the mentor.

Every two to three months, the mentors and the youth get together for an organized group outing such as a trip to the beach or to the movies. These longer visits in different environments allow for a deepening of the mentoring relationship

YOU CAN MAKE A REAL AND LASTING DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE!!!


Children in foster care face significant barriers to their educational progress, starting from before school begins and extending through postsecondary education. At the root of these obstacles is a significant lack of reading proficiency. The National Factsheet on the Educational Outcomes of Children in Foster Care released in 2018, states that 75% of foster youth are reading two to five levels below their actual grade.

  • 50% of foster youth will be homeless, incarcerated, and/or institutionalized upon leaving the foster care system.
  • 42% of foster youth will not graduate high school
  • Only 3% of Foster Youth go to college.
  • Because they are changing placements so often, Foster youth can attend anywhere from 7-20 schools while in care.
  • 70% of LA County's prison population has been in foster care.

CHANGE THESE STATISTICS. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Thank you for your interest in The Academy Project and The Co-Op!!!!

THERE IS A BRIEF TRAINING AND A BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED

The Academy Project is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides the education, support, and holistic individual guidance needed to unleash the potential in foster and homeless youth in South Los Angeles, CA, through education, community, and empowerment.

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About THE ACADEMY PROJECT

Location:

Los Angeles, LOS ANGELES, CA 90046, US

Mission Statement

The Academy Project provides the education, support, and holistic individual guidance needed to unleash the potential in foster youth in Los Angeles, CA while freeing and fueling their innate desire to thrive. www.theacademyproject.org

Description

The County of Los Angeles has more than 32,000 youth in the foster care system. That's not a typo. Los Angeles has more foster youth than the next highest STATE population, NY.

50% of foster youth will be homeless, incarcerated, and/or institutionalized upon leaving the foster care system.

42% of foster youth will not graduate high school

Only 3% of Foster Youth go to college.

Because they are changing plaements so often, Foster youth can attend anywhere from 7-20 schools while in care.

The Academy Project (TAP) was born from the principle that keeping school as a point of stability can significantly help foster children succeed educationally while providing the opportunity to form strong relationships with peers and caring adults. The Academy Project will provide 7th and 8th grade foster youth in Los Angeles, holistic individual support and an education based on an innovative, full time, alternative engagement model, ensuring each child fully realizes his/her inherent potential.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, TAP provides an innovative, year-round, after-school alternative education engagement model starting with 20 participating foster youth. Students are guaranteed continued enrollment through to the completion of 8th grade regardless of placement changes.

Engagement begins prior to the start of the school year with CAMP XAVIER, our 2 week summer day camp that culminates in a week-long sleep away program partnered with UCLA Unicamp.

WHEN

Wed Sep 11, 2019 - Wed Jun 17, 2020
03:00 PM - 05:30 PM  

WHERE

Mann UCLA Community School7001 S. St. AndrewsLos Angeles, CA 90047

(33.97618,-118.31152)
 

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Every Wednesday 3:00pm-5:30pm. Generous reimbursement for travel.

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