High Impact Tutoring Program - Science/Math
Youth Innovation Club offers High Impact Tutoring Program to Goleta Valley Junior High School
In late November 2020, Youth Innovation Club launched an in-class tutoring program at Goleta Valley Junior High School. The program started with one AVID* class and has quickly expanded to support 3 AVID classes after the initial kick-off. The program provides one-on-one support to students who are struggling with their science or math assignments.
With the COVID-19 pandemic widening the existing academic achievement differences between middle-class and low-income students, we are deeply concerned that for many students who are struggling to engage with online learning, the academic fallout can contribute to behavioral challenges or depression.
We have found that although there are many online tutoring programs, these programs mostly go to students who can afford them. We also know many people in our community who would like to help and provide support for those who need it the most. but have a difficult time navigating through the school system.
Our approach has always been working directly with teachers. Teachers identify students who need intervention and our tutors work one-on-one with students to help with their science or math assignments. After any tutoring session, we report students' progress back to the teachers. Our goal is not only to assist students with their assignments but also to help students develop skills to advocate for themselves.
If you are a teacher in Santa Barbara public school and would like to request our support, please email:
*AVID - AVID targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.