Until COVID-19, 200 UPO Foster Grandparents were annually serving 6,000 socio-economically disadvantaged children in Washington, DC. Engaged in tutoring, mentoring, social emotional support and assisting students in learning programs, proven outcomes are improved school readiness and K-12 success. DC Title I Public and Public Charter Schools have reopened virtually. In response, we are restructuring our UPO Foster Grandparents program to become an integral part of the remote classroom.
Initially, we will continue a service delivery model of working one-on-one and in small groups with 600 students in grades PreK-3rd at 7 schools. Our 200 senior volunteers are being provided with laptop computers and training. Students at DC Public and Public Charter Schools have been provided with laptop computers. To assist with homework, art projects, math and vocabulary, our students need remote learning supplies. Our challenge is raising the funds to provide all their essential supplies.
Your generous support of the UPO FGPs Program, to help us meet our project goal of $15,000, will ensure that the cost of essential supplies for at least 60 students will be fully funded. In time, UPO will be able to increase the number of computer-literate Foster Grandparents and provide service to additional students and extend volunteer service to additional schools, thus increasing the number of DC's socio-economically disadvantaged children we serve.
This program improves the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers and circulates seventy cents of every program dollar into the local low-income DC communities where our volunteers and students reside. With a mission to Unite People with Opportunities, UPO's Foster Grandparents offer the right mix of academic acumen and nurturing, and give much-needed attention to the socio-economically disadvantaged children they tutor and mentor in Washington, DC.