We are so grateful to have generous supporters like you!
In February, we reached our initial project goal of $10,000 thanks to your contributions! We've since decided to expand our GlobalGiving project goal by $5,000 for 2013. Every year, Tutorpedia Foundation receives applications from deserving low-income students who need extra support to succeed in school. In 2012, we received over 50 applications from students that we did not have the resources to support. With every $1000 raised, this ongoing project will provide a year's worth of free, one-on-one tutoring for one student with an exceptional tutor who can help him or her excel both academically and in everyday life.
About two weeks ago, on February 28th, Tutorpedia Foundation hosted Education By Design-- our third annual fundraiser and conversation on personalizing education at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. The event featured a series of short talks by dynamic speakers focusing on the most effective methods we can use to make learning personal and customize education in real, relevant, and rigorous ways for all students.
Bianca, a high school senior and Tutorpedia Foundation scholarship recipient, spoke about the impact of her experience with her tutor, Aaron. Because of generous donors like you, Bianca has been able to work with Aaron over the last year and a half and during that time her goal of attending college has become attainable. To get a sense of the vision and scope of the Education By Design, watch our recap video on Youtube at http://youtu.be/U6CIYjaN01g. Please also check out the photo album we posted on our Facebook.
If you'd like to see what our featured speakers had to say, links to full videos of each talk are found below:
Dear Tutorpedia Foundation supporters,
Happy holidays! Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide a Class of One for low-income Bay Area students and contributing through the GlobalGiving platform. Your kind generosity has helped us support deserving under-resourced students by providing free, high-quality 1-1 tutoring.
We are particularly grateful that our wonderful base of supporters has not only made financial contributions to further our mission, but also stepped up to help us build our organization's capacity by spreading the word, volunteering, becoming a tutor, joining a committee, and making new connections and introductions to increase our network of allies. Accordingly, we have recently expanded our board – we have an incredible community leader in our new Board Chair, Mindy Rogers – and we have added two amazing new members to our board of directors and six dynamic new members to our advisory board.
Below you will find a snapshot of our most recent work and organizational profile:
Thanks again for your support. If you would like to get involved or learn more about Tutorpedia Foundation and other opportunities to support us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Operations Manager, Diaris Alexander, will get back to you with more information.
Have a joyous holiday season!
2. Spotlight on Sophie Scholars
This summer, we continued our Sophie Scholars program in partnership with Sacred Heart Preparatory for the second year, teaching 24 enriching workshops for promising low-income middle school students from East Palo Alto and Redwood City. These summer classes, paired with personalized one-on-one tutoring during the school year, better prepare the Sophie Scholars for the rigorous college preparatory curriculum that they will face in a few short years. Last year's Sophie Scholars program was so successful that this summer's Sophie Scholars cohort tripled in size! New student-selected electives included a workshop in web design, beginning guitar, and a children's book illustration course taught in partnership with the renowned global nonprofit Save The Children. Students in the illustration class were featured on KPIX as they prepared drawings and paintings that will be used to help children in the developing world learn to read. This summer, students also delved more deeply into honing foundational academic skills in workshops such as Math Support, Creative Writing, and Solving Hard Problems, in which students grappled with significant dilemmas relevant to their world, and used both critical reading and quantitative analysis skills to derive original solutions. We are very proud of our Sophie Scholars and see a bright future for them!
3. Join us at our 'Welcome Back' Bar Night Fundraiser - October 18th
Mark your calendars to come by Tonic Bar on Polk and Union Thursday, October 18th for a few drinks from 6-9PM! All tips will go directly towards helping us serve Bay Area youth here at the Tutorpedia Foundation.Who: Tutorpedia FoundationWhat: 'Welcome Back' Bar Night FundraiserWhen: Thursday, October 18th, 6-9PMWhere: Tonic Bar - 2360 Polk Street (at Union), San Francisco, CA 94109Why: To welcome our Executive Director Seth back to the Bay Area and to help us provide high quality, personalized tutoring and related education services to all students, regardless of socioeconomic background
4. Three Easy Ways to Help Advance our Mission
Happy Spring to all of our wonderful supporters!
Since our last project report, we've had several exciting developments here at Tutorpedia, which I’m eager to share with you.
1. I joined the team as the Tutorpedia Foundation's Operations Manager in February. I will be working to expand our ability to serve underprivileged students through our scholarships and other programs. I am genuinely excited, enthralled, and inspired by the team, past accomplishments, and the vision for the future of the Tutorpedia Foundation. We already have a lot of interesting, innovative projects, tools, and services we plan to offer and implement to better serve our students and I am enthusiastic about contributing my ideas, education, and experience to our approach.
2. We graciously welcomed 150 of you for a wonderful evening at For the Love of Education at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Our spring fundraiser event featured a lively, inspiring panel discussion about the best ways to personalize education featuring:
With your help, we were able to raise over $15,000 surrounding the event, which will help us fund future scholarships for deserving students.
3. Two weeks ago, we participated in KQED's American Graduate event at Laney College in Oakland by tabling and contributing in the education town hall discussion about how to end the dropout crisis in Oakland.
4. Thanks to your donations, we were able to fund half-year scholarships for the remainder of our foundation students this year. All of our applicants are now meeting with their tutors one or more times per week, and are making great progress.
With so much going on at Tutorpedia, we are so grateful to have your support. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, ideas, or if you’re wondering about how to get more involved. You can email me directly at diaris[at]tutorpediafoundation.org – I’d love to hear from you!
Operations Manager, Tutorpedia Foundation
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