After School Tutoring Program

 
$7,665
$13,935
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Remaining
Oct 13, 2014

Quarterly Report July - September 2014

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Quarterly Report

July – September 2014

 

Average number of volunteer instructors: 10

Average number of students: 25-30

Number of workshops held: 3 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held: jewlery making, art classes, English language, computer class, Turkish language, piano and guitar lessons.

Program Activities and Goals:

During this summer reporting period, some of our afterschool program participants were in Italy as they are invited every summer by their hosts/donors, or some went and they visited their families. Like every quarter over the summer, this one is always focused less on structure related to school work and more towards fun summer activities, especially for those kids that are staying in the orphanage the whole summer and not able to go anywhere.  Those that stayed at the orphanage, many educational and recreational activities were planned to keep them entertained over the summer. Some children had to retake some classes so the instructors organized workshops helping individual students prepare for the exams. These "summer" classes were focused on being fun utilizing games, drawings, songs and stories to teach this youngest generation. 

Over the summer we also made a lot of jewlery that the instructors wanted to try to sell at the local market to raise additional funds for children to buy supply for the following school year. 

In September, the instructors purchased basic school supplies for all the afterschool program participants to have something new to start their school year. This incited them to find ways to be creative and make creative projects that they can try to sell at local stores and fairs. This was successful once during the most famous Fair in Zenica held annually and we are hoping to participate this year again with what the children have made over the past few months. 

Noticable Improvements:

Our workshops have proven to develop certain skills and interests in the children that they did not have before. This is most evident when they show up earlier than the classes start, do not want to finish the class and they show improvement and pay close attention.

In September, as soon as the classes started, we noticed that many students started coming right a way to ask for instructions in math, physics and other courses. This was very much welcomed by the instructors because their work is much easier when they do not have to go over a lot of materials right before the exams. The fact that the children started coming at the beginning of the school year, already wanting to do well in school, right from the start, showed that we have achieved one of our main goals of this program: showing the children in orphanage that if they start showing interest, working hard and developing habits of continuosly being better, that they can achieve any goals that they envision.

CHALLENGES:

In this quarter, the instructors as during all summer months have minor problems with childrens' behavior during the instructions beause its the summer and they rather play, partake in fun activities than study. Some also rebel for the fact that they did not go to Italy as the rest of the children. Another reason is that most of the children are taken home to their families over the summer, and those that stay behind rebel often by not being invited by their families to visit them. This is a revolving problem during the summer quarter.  

Also, over the summer break, as there are also many orphanage workers on the break, the children with special needs are sent to take part in our afterschool program. This would not be a problem if we had the proper instructors who know how to provide the adequate support to include these children the best way possible into the workshop. Otherwise, as it often happens, there tends to be a lot of distracted children and not much is done.

Jul 15, 2014

Quarterly Report April - June 2014

Teachers thank you letter
Teachers thank you letter

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Quarterly Report

April – June 2014

 

Number of volunteer instructors: 5

Average number of students: 44

Number of workshops held: 3 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Bosnian, physics, chemistry, Agro & Eco math and extracarricular activities like a handicrafts, jewlery making, guitar and piano lessons.

Program Summary:

During this reporting period, the instructions were geared towards helping student prepare for the end of the school year exams while also providing some fun extracurricular activities to balance the stressful period. The attendance was higher than usual as expected due to exams so this posted a bit of a problem managing all students; however, the results were very good based on students grades.  

Program Activities in this quarter:

Since the month of May is full of final exams, the children at the Zenica orphanage expressed interest and need for the instructors to come more often than usual and to stay longer. The instructors agreed and made a committment to help them succeed during the exam period. 

The program also focused on building students self-confidence during the exams because a lot of them felt that they could not pass their exams, that they were not smart enough. The volunteers worked extra hard with those students to make sure that they build the confidence because thats half the work.

Finally, the students of our afterschool program were very active during the devastating floods that hit our country back in May and June. Since the displaced families who lost their homes in the floods were placed at the college dorms right by the orphanage many for the week that they did not go to school went every day to help distribute food, helped get more food donations and play with the children of the families. They did their best to contribute and help others as well.

Towards the end of the quarter, we focused mainly on helping students with math to prepare them for the exams. This is the biggest challenge to get the students to learn and improve their math. For those that already had good grades, we cotinued fun activities that we know children liked, like jewlery making, handcrafts, guitar lessons, etc.

Noticable Improvements:

Most importantly, childrens' behavior has improved and their interest to come to our afterschool program even when they do not need so much help. We achieved this by including more fun activities and rewards for those that come and have good behavior.

One particular student had his books stolen and came to speak to our instructor because he could not study without them. He tried borrowing books but by the time his friends used them for their studies it was already late in the evening and he could not finish his homeworks. Our Project Manager managed to get him new books and the student showed his sincere appreciation and drive to learn by coming and staying longer than others. He kept asking for more homework so that he would make up the lost lessons that he was not able to study without books. He even started a separate notebook with new English words to make sure he remembers them and memorizes them.

Worth mentioning are results of two students who started very badly at the beginning of the year and now finished the school with very good grades. Not only that they received good grades in math but they have built confidence, they now enjoy resolving math problems and come to do additional practice. Their confidence is priceless.

CHALLENGES:

There are no serious challenges to report as students are showing great progress in school, interest in extracurricular activities and their behavior has drastically improved.

Apr 17, 2014

Quarterly Report January- March 2014

Teacher
Teacher's note about student's improvement

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Quarterly Report

January – March 2014

 

Number of volunteer instructors: 9

Average number of students: 30

Number of workshops/classes held:  3 times a week each for two hours   

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Bosnian language, physics, chemistry, Economics, computer science, guitar and piano lessons, Turkish language classes.  

 

Program Activities and Goals:

During this reporting period, our beneficiaries were in their exams period, some were on their winter break and all also started the new semester in February. Thoughtout this busy period, our after school program did not take a break because the students needed assistance to pass their exams as well as contructive outlet during the break.  Some of our beneficiares were also preparing for regional competitions with other schools and we helped them prepare for that as well.  Some of the new workshops during the break were free activities like going to the cinema and theatre as well as educational workshops in the nature.  This quarter, many beneficiares who are finishing middle school complained that their English teacher was bad and many truly had not progressed as much in their studies.  To help them over the break, we specifiaclly focused on this group during our fun activities that included learning better English.  To keep the students interested in learning over the break, we had beneficiaries play English language quizz assignments.  Many have learned new words that they did not know, as well as improve their overall language skills.  We did the same quiz in Turkish language as well. 

Noticable Improvements:

Our workshops have proven to develop certain skills and interests in the children that they did not have before. This is most evident when they do not want to finish the class and they pay close attention to our instructors. Grades are the best indication that the program is effective and this reporting period shows that progress due to many beneficiaries drastically improving their grades.  

We would like to specifically mention a young girl (13) who was a constant distraction to others attending the program.  The volunteers struggled to keep her busy and not distracting other participants.  One of the volunteers is studying Pedagogy so she has particularly worked with this student to help her find creative and constructive outlets. They have found out that she particularly likes Playdoo and so whenever she did an assigmnent correctly, they would give her Playdoo to play and keep her busy. This not only improved her attention but also her grades as she was failing in English and now she managed to obtain a B.  (Photo above is a note from her teacher letting us know how much better she is doing).

We are also receiving great cooperation and interest from those graduating middle and high school who come to our workshops.  Their grades are improving, they are talking to our volunteers outside of the classroom wanting to share their ideas and future where they would like to go to school, what they would like to do. 

CHALLENGES:

There are no serious challenges to report as studetns are showing great progress in school, interest in extracurricular activities and their behavior has drastically improved.  However, there is a «good problem to have» and this is that students come when they recieve a bad grade or when they have an exam. As soon as they are helped with their homework or they recieve a good grade on their exam, they stop coming until they again need our help. To keep these students interested, we have included more fun yet still educational activiites that the children would not want to miss.  On the other hand, we have not forced the student to come because sometimes they only cause distraction for those that still need our continued support. 

Beneficiaries working on homework
Beneficiaries working on homework
Students at the movie theatre--free activity
Students at the movie theatre--free activity
Jan 13, 2014

Quarterly Report October - December 2013

Children at orphanage with their guitar instructor
Children at orphanage with their guitar instructor

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Quarterly Report

October  – December 2013

 

Number of volunteer instructors: 9 

 Average number of students: 50 

Number of workshops held:  3 times a week for two hours each 

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Bosnian language, physics, chemistry, Economics, computer science, guitar and piano lessons, Turkish language classes.   

Program Summary:  

 

During this reporting period, the instructions were geared towards getting students into the school mode after the long summer break. The attendance usually during this quarter is less than in other quarters because the school is only starting; however, this year our program started with many more students than usual because they really enjoyed themselves over the summer with our Aftershool program that they just continued coming without interrruption. 

Program Activities in this quarter:

 Since the month of May is full of final exams, the children at the Zenica orphanage expressed interest and need for the instructors to come more often than usual and to stay longer. The instructors agreed and made a committment to help them succeed during the exam period. 

Towards the end of the guarter, as it is the time of exams and the end of first semester, our volunteers work extra hours to help children prepare for the exams.  This is the period when students really come on time, show greater than normal interest and come with specific problems that they have to prepare for the exams. 

One of the best stuents of our Afterschool Program on his own initiative signed up for 4th year in High school which will allow him to be able to go to college. Before, he was attending a three year high school after which he can only pursue trade work.  However, he insisted to continue one more year so he can attend college.  We will do our best to help him realize this dream. 

Noticable Improvements:

Most importantly, childrens' behavior keeps improving and that is visible not only to our volunteers of the Afterschool Program but also to the staff working at the orphanage.  Childrens' arrival on time, increasing numbers of attendance, not wanting to leave for dinner but rather wanting to stay in the classroom, all show how much the children appreciate this program, enjoy it and their grades show that its also effective on their schooling.  We achieved this by including more fun activities and rewards for those that come and have good behavior.

A number of students have improved their grades from Ds to Bs.  Once they saw their grades get better, this also increased their involvement in the program and their behavior, including attendance. We have one student in 7th grade who not only improved her English but also her math grades.  She was full of excuse before but now she comes regularly to the afterschool program. 

Children attending special needs school have also received attantion from our volunteers, spending hours working with them as well, including them in almost all of our classes.  Attached in the report, you can see a painting that one of the students with special needs attending 8th grade made during our «Creative class» with the help of one of our volunteers.    

We also continue to work with children who have a problem with socialization bringing more extracurricular activities like going to a theatre, events, walks, etc to expand their social outreach and interests. In December, the volunteers and the Program Coordinator, organized our 4th holiday concert named «Spectacle» where students sang, danced and enjoyed various sweets, treats and each others company. 

In addition to this, our volunteers spend a lot of time after the class is finished talking with the children, hanging out with them and many times not only serving as «Teachers» but also their friends and social workers helping them address some of the current life problems.  Very often, even after the classes are over, the children do not want to go to dinner but rather stay and talk with the volunteers who now have become integral part of their lives. 

CHALLENGES:

There are no serious challenges to report as students are showing great progress in school, interest in extracurricular activities and their behavior has drastically improved.  

Annual Holiday party that we organize with kids
Annual Holiday party that we organize with kids
Treats after the holiday party at orphanage
Treats after the holiday party at orphanage
afterschool class
afterschool class
Oct 7, 2013

Quarterly Report July - September 2013

Afterschool Program instructions
Afterschool Program instructions

Average number of volunteer instructors: 7 

Average number of students: 25-30 

Number of workshops held:  3 times a week for two hours   

Type of classes held: jewlery making, art classes, English language, computer class, Turkish language, piano and guitar lessons. 

Program Activities and Goals:

During this reporting period, some of our afterschool program participants were in Italy as they are invited every summer by their hosts/donors, or some went and they visited their families. Those that stayed at the orphanage, many educational and recreational activities were planned to keep them entertained over the summer.  Some children had to retake some classes so the instructors organized workshops helping individual students prepare for the  exams.  At the beginning of the summer, we also started English language courses for the youngest children.  This workshop was very creative as the instructors utilized games, drawings, songs and stories to teach this youngest generation English language. 

Over the summer we also made a lot of jewlery that the instructors wanted to try to sell at the local market to raise additional funds for children to buy supply for the following school year.

After one of the fun evenings we organized for the children to get together and have a good time, we also realized that they enjoyed listening to the piano and guitar. Instructors were playing the instruments and the children asked to have lessons in these instruments that were started in August. 

Finally, we also included Turish language lessons that the children have shown to enjoy tremendously.

In September, the instructors purchased basic school supplies for all the afterschool program participants to have something new to start their school year. This incited them to find ways to be creative and make creative projects that they can try to sell at local stores and fairs.  This was successful once during the most famous Fair in Zenica held annually and we are hoping to participate this year again with what the children have made over the past few months. 

Noticable Improvements:

Our workshops have proven to develop certain skills and interests in the children that they did not have before. This is most evident when they show up earlier than the classes start, do not want to finish the class and they show improvement and pay close attention.

In September, as soon as the classes started, we noticed that many students started coming right a way to ask for instructions in math, physics and other courses.  This was very much welcomed by the instructors because their work is much easier when they do not have to go over a lot of materials right before the exams.  The fact that the children started coming at the beginning of the school year, already wanting to do well in school, right from the start, showed that we have achieved one of our main goals of this program: showing the children in orphanage that if they start showing interest, working hard and developing habits of continuosly being better, that they can achieve any goals that they envision. 

CHALLENGES:

In this quarter, the instructors had some minor problems with childrens' behavior during the instructions.  This is usually the case over the summer break as those that are staying at the orphanage take summer lessons less seriously and also rebel for the fact that they did not go to Italy as the rest of the children.  Another reason is that most of the children are taken home to their families over the summer, and those that stay behind rebel often by not being invited by their families to visit them.  This is a revolving problem during the summer quarter and perhaps its something that we should consider for the following summer when planning our courses. Including some sort of psychosocial component to be introducted to our programs.  To resolve the issue this time, there were four main troublesome youth who caused majority of the problems during the workshops.  Since they were older, in their teens, the instructors took them to local caffes to talk to them, take them out of the orphanage and offer them an opportunity to explain why they are acting out.  This proved to be a very effective tool as their behavior improved. 

Also, over the summer break, as there are also many orphanage workers on the break, the children with special needs are sent to take part in our afterschool program.  This would not be a problem if we had the proper instructors who know how to provide the adequate support to include these children the best way possible into the workshop.  Otherwise, as it often happens, there tends to be a lot of distracted children and not much is done.  

Afterschool program in Zenica orphanage
Afterschool program in Zenica orphanage

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Project Leader

Senita Slipac

Los Angeles, CA United States

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