Taking a moment in gratitude
Its easy to get caught up in all of the chaos and uncertainty and fear and.... and... but I want to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year we have had and look forward to what is coming next. And make no mistake, there will be a next. Whether it is summer programming or the return of school in the fall, TutorSmart will be ready to help our partners do their best work for the students in our community.
This year we have learned a lot! We've grown. We have tried new ways of delivering individualized after school tutoring with new partners and at new sites. Last year, we partnered with the YMCA to pilot our one hour academic intervention model after school at 2 schools. This year, before the pandemic, TutorSmart was partnering with the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, After-School All-Stars, and Partners in Education serving students at six sites across the city. That is huge growth!
And we aren't done. Though we aren't operating any sites currently, we sent home login information with our students so that they can at least still access the online curriculum. We stand ready with our after school partners to continue to lift students up whenever and however we can. We are ready for summer programs and are busying our plans for the fall.
We have seen some amazing gains for students this year. We have watched partners grow and expand their already fantastic offerings. We have worked with some fabulous teachers who gave of even more of their precious time to work with our kids in the after school programs.
I am so humbled by what we were able to accomplish in such a short time and grateful to all of the amazing people who came together for the kids who needed that extra hand up. I can't wait to see what the future brings. For now, stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay positive. We will see you soon!