Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada - Homework Help

 
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Kheyra
Kheyra

It was a math test that helped 16-year-old Kheyra King realize the program was working—really working.

Kheyra has been going to the Dawson Boys and Girls Club in Montreal’s Verdun neighbourhood since she was a small child. School has been a struggle for Kheyra, despite the fact she loves to read and writing is her passion. 
At the beginning of Grade 10, she joined Rogers Raising the Grade—determined to improve her grades. “In February and March I realized [my grades] were getting better with the help I was getting here, so it was pretty quick,” she remembers. 
And she knew all those hours studying at the computer had paid off when she held that math test in her hands. 
“I was really, really bad at math,” says Kheyra. “I got a 65 and I was so proud of my 65. It wasn’t a great grade, but for me it was! It was a good feeling.”
It was also a good feeling for Darley Polony, Kheyra’s long-time mentor and Rogers Raising the Grade coordinator.
“She came to me and said, ‘Darley, I passed math.’ And I said, ‘Really?’ It isn’t that I didn’t have faith in her, but she did have trouble with math. It’s in that moment that you realize, ‘Wow, we’re doing something!’
“The fact we’re able to offer Rogers Raising the Grade gives kids the chance to have a place where the focus can be academic,” says Darley, “but we also work at fostering physical and emotional growth. That helps academically and in the kids’ everyday lives.”
The future looks bright for Kheyra.
“I’m hoping to go to Dawson College,” she says proudly. “I have been accepted, but I have to keep my grades up until the end of June. The plan is to go to Dawson College for two years to study social science because I’m not really sure what I want to do yet.”
And the story doesn’t end with Kheyra. Her success is inspiring others at the Dawson Boys and Girls Club Community Centre.
“A few people in the Rogers Raising the Grade program came up to me and said, ‘Wow, congratulations!’ So I tell them how I did it and help them reach their own goals.”
Jabeen
Jabeen
The thought of going back to school after summer used to make me anxious,” Jabeen says, “but this September feels as easy as ABC.
 
“I was constantly surrounded by exceptionally intelligent people and I felt that raising my hand in class to ask a question only made me look stupid,” says the 17-year-old Rogers Raising the Grade participant who is looking forward to Grade 12 this year. 
Raising the Grade was the game-changer for Jabeen and rain or shine, she arrived at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club twice a week after school. 
“I joined the program to try to raise my marks in Grade 10 math and it helped me discover that I could do well. I didn’t think it was possible before.” 
Jabeen is one of many students doing better in school, thanks to one-on one tutoring in the Rogers Raising the Grade (RRTG) program. Currently offered by 36 Boys and Girls Clubs in 42 community locations across Canada, RRTG offers homework help, connections with mentors and tutors, and a chance for youth to explore their interests and post-secondary education options. Designed to help young people get their high school diploma, the program features tech centres offering access to computers, high-speed Internet, and a welcoming place to relax and study with peers. 
RRTG students are paired with mentors and meet at the Club after school at least twice a week to establish their personal goals for high school and beyond. Many RRTG mentors are enrolled in or are recent graduates of post-secondary institutions themselves. They help youth complete their homework and improve their marks to stay on track for graduation as they plan for their future beyond Grade 12. 
Students can get help with specific subjects, studying tips and time-management advice. Mentors help young people to raise their grades and gain the confidence to navigate their way through some of the educational, social and emotional challenges of adolescence.  
“I used to put off doing my homework because I wasn’t sure how to do it. After getting help from my mentor, I noticed I was putting in much more effort and in my second semester, I saw my marks go up to a place that I never thought they’d be. It’s crazy,” says Jabeen. 
Her older sister came across the program when she was looking online for a tutor. Her whole family has been delighted by all of the other opportunities Jabeen has been given since joining the program, like volunteering and meeting professionals from a variety of fields. 
“Not only have I raised my grades,” Jabeen says, “I’ve gained self-esteem, too. Everyone I’ve met through Rogers Raising the Grade has told me that I matter. Now, I believe them.”  

We are well into the hot summer weather and school has officially been out of session for a month! Although a break from formal school might be happening, at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada the fun and learning never stops! Here are a few updates on what’s been happening in our Clubs on the education front:

Rogers Raising the Grade (RRTG) Graduations and Paving the Way for Success

This year, over 20 Rogers Raising the Grade youth graduated from high school and are getting ready for post-secondary education in the fall! Rogers Raising the Grade was developed to increase academic skills and high school graduation rates for youth at risk. Believing that with education, anything is possible, Rogers Youth Fund partnered with BGCC to provide young people with the tools they need to succeed in today’s classroom. As one staff member puts it, “The fact we’re able to offer Rogers Raising the Grade gives kids the chance to have a place where the focus can be academic, but we also work at fostering physical and emotional growth - which helps academically and in the kids’ everyday lives.” Many more young people are on track to cross this threshold next year, opening the door to a new world of opportunity through education! A big congratulations to all of our graduates!

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is thrilled to announce the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Scholarship Class of 2014! Through the support of our generous partners, we've provided 34 Post-Secondary scholarships to our amazing youth from across the country. Our scholarship recipients have been notified and are busy getting ready for their first year of post-secondary education in the fall. We only regret that we cannot provide a scholarship to everyone who applied – they are all truly deserving!

Summer Learning Programs at Boys and Girls Clubs

Many of our Boys and Girls Clubs continue summer learning programs during their summer camps. These are academic programs designed to combat summer learning loss and narrow the opportunity gap by providing quality summer programming in a safe and caring environment. The loss of academic skills over this period is widely known by teachers who spend valuable time during the first months of school re-teaching forgotten concepts and skills to students. Research also indicates that summer learning loss is a major barrier for children living in poverty, as they are not given the same opportunities as their counterparts. By offering these summer learning programs, children are able to participate in a variety of academic, recreational, and educational activities during the summer months that they would not otherwise experience.

Thankfully, because of caring people like you, our children and youth continue to have the support they need to help keep their grades on track and achieve success in school. We are so grateful for your continued support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of young Canadians across the country. We look forward to providing you with more updates about our important work in the months ahead!

Happy Spring! The weather is finally turning warmer as we head into the spring season – the time of year where everything is new, fresh and in bloom once again! It’s no different for Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada – our young people have been working hard to complete new projects, strive for good grades and really ramp up their learning before breaking for the summer. Here are a few updates on what’s been happening in our Clubs on the education front:

Six More Centres and Growing!

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s National program Rogers Raising the Grade (RRTG) is really ramping up! We recently launched 6 new Technology Centres across Canada, bringing the total number of Rogers Raising the Grade sites to 36. Raising the Grade was developed to increase academic skills and high school graduation rates for youth at risk. Believing that with education, anything is possible, Rogers Youth Fund partnered with BGCC to provide young people with the tools they need to succeed in today’s classroom. As we approach the end of the second year of the program in June, we can’t wait to see the first graduates get their high school diplomas and start post-secondary education in the fall!

After-school Homework Help Programs

Through our local Club homework help programs, our young people have access to 1 on 1 homework support with trained staff and volunteer tutors at our Clubs to ensure they do not fall behind. But that’s not all – they also have access to a plethora of different educational and learning opportunities at the Club that stretch beyond homework - giving them the skills and tools they need to grow their abilities even further. Club members have access to programs that help with resume building, technology skills, video game development, careers in the skilled trades, access to food and nutrition education programs, job shadowing opportunities, and so much more! Your support also allows our clubs to purchase much needed supplies such as rulers, calculators, workbooks, computer software, and other resources that our young members need in order to succeed - and most often don't have access to.

Thankfully, because of caring people like you, our children and youth continue to have the support they need to help keep their grades on track and achieve success in school. We are so grateful for your continued support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of young Canadians across the country. 

We look forward to providing you with more updates about our important work in the months ahead.

We are now into the swing of a brand new year and you know what that means - many new and exciting things are happening at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada! Our young people are working hard to complete projects, striving for good grades and getting back into the swing of things after a long holiday break.

Thankfully, because of caring people like you, our children and youth continue to have the support they need to help keep their grades on track and achieve success in school. Your support allows our clubs to purchase much needed supplies such as rulers, calculators, workbooks, computer software, and other resources that our young members need in order to succeed - and often don't have access to.

Through our homework help programs, our young people have access to 1 on 1 homework support with trained staff and volunteer tutors at our Clubs to ensure they do not fall behind. But what you may not know about is the plethora of different educational and learning opportunities available to them at the Club that stretch beyond homework - giving them the skills and tools they need to grow their abilities even further. Club members have access to programs that help with resume building, technology skills, video game development, careers in the skilled trades, access to food and nutrition education programs, job shadowing opportunities, and so much more.

We are so grateful for your continued support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of young Canadians across the country. 

Stay tuned! We look forward to providing you with more updates about our important work in the weeks ahead!

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Sue Sheridan

Toronto, Ontario Canada

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