Xiomara,12, participating in illustration workshop
Happy Fall! We are officially back in the mode of a fresh new school year and working to better serve our students and build programming! Our Executive Director, Seth Linden, recently returned from his sabbatical and has infused great energy and visionary perspectives here at the Tutorpedia Foundation, as we work to advance our mission of providing a Class of One to every student. Read on for a quick update on our work!
1. Scholarship Application Review
Each year, Tutorpedia Foundation awards year-long tutoring scholarships for low-income students in the Bay Area. We are currently reviewing new applications for the 2012-2013 academic year, and have seen tremendous interest in our scholarships this year! Thank you for your support of this project!
We plan to have the selected scholarship students start working with their individual tutors in October. Our tutors help students with homework, test preparation, study skills, and organizational strategies. Tutors also serve as academic mentors to their students, helping them navigate through the various challenges a student might experience in school and the education system.
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 Foundation
What: 'Welcome Back' Bar Night Fundraiser
When: Thursday, October 18th, 6-9PM
Where: Tonic Bar - 2360 Polk Street (at Union), San Francisco, CA 94109
Why: 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
Tutorpedia Foundation Team - Seth, David, Diaris, and Emma