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 email@example.com 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
Happy New Year! We're feeling like there's a lot to celebrate already in 2012. We're excited to share with you that thanks to your generous donations, we are able to provide 7 new students with tutoring scholarships for the upcoming semester.
Danielle, one of our new students explains that, "A tutor will help me prepare for college and life after graduation because it will improve my studying habits...In my eyes, getting a tutor will not only help me now but also in my future." Her mother adds, "I am an unemployed parent. I have three other children and live off $1,000 monthly. I believe that all children deserve to have an opportunity to better their life, especially my daughter. Danielle is a great worker and takes pride in what she does."
Thank you for helping to make this possible. Your support means the world to us. If that wasn't enough, your donations also helped earn us a permanent spot on GlobalGiving! This means that thousands of donors around the world will now have the opportunity to learn about the Tutorpedia Foundation and join our ongoing effort.
We will continue to send you updates on the students we've been able to match with tutors. I hope that you'll reach out to us with any questions or to get more involved with the Tutorpedia Foundation. We know that 2012 will be an exciting year, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you.
Thank you again for all that you do.
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