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After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment

The Guadalupe Center provides at-risk kindergarten through second grade children of Immokalee the support that they desperately need to catch-up to their peers. Many students enrolled in the Guadalupe After-school and Summer Tutoring Programs were not afforded the benefits of high-quality early childhood education. Thus, they are working hard, struggling to learn what many of their peers have already mastered. Research finds that by the time impoverished children reach middle school, they are over two and a half years behind their middle-class peers. There are a myriad of reasons for this, but the end results are that children from lower socioeconomic families are less likely to be successful in school and, thus, in life. Without support, these children will continue to struggle and the achievement gap will grow wider with each year in school. 

 

Students in the After-school Program are identified by Collier County Public Schools as at-risk of failure. The Guadalupe Center's After-school and Summer Tutoring programs work to reverse the effects of this achievement gap and increase student performance. Students are provided remedial help and enrichment opportunities led by certified teachers, adult program leaders, and successful high school students who act as academic role models and tutors - a model proven to help struggling children see that success is within reach.

 

  • 690 students participate free of charge in the Guadalupe After-school Program.
  • 300 students participate in the Summer Tutoring And Recreation Program—an 8-week summer program aimed at alleviating summer learning loss.
  • By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 88% of the after-school students showed gains in reading and 84% showed gains in math.
  • 90% of the summer session students in 2015 showed gains between the pre and post-tests in reading, vocabulary, and mathematics!

Research shows that children who fall behind and “do not attain a solid foundation by the time they reach third grade, will struggle for the rest of their lives. Many will drop out of school; some will end up in prison; and most will not be able to lay claim to the American Dream.” (Foundation for Child Development, 2013)