As Star Program participants finish their current school year and enjoy their time off, Ariela has begun to provide bi-weekly English lessons in small groups of 3-4 students. The lessons include fun elements like learning English through popular music which the students love. We take advantage of the summer vacation to provide English language skills that have become a critical factor in the modern job market. Most parents of Ethiopian families are not able to provide this type of support at home since most of the immigrants arrived with no English language skills.
We are also taking advantage of the summer vacation to strengthen the starting point (before the next school year begins) of some of the program participants in subjects where they feel they need additional assistance. We are providing such participants with one on one tutoring lessons in subjects like mathematics.
In addition, summer activities include "horizon expanding" activities such as field trips (e.g. to a science museum), work shops designed to develop life skills (e.g. leadership) and community work projects designed to teach participants about the value of "giving back to their own communities."
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