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Tutor Corps

In its mission to break the cycle of poverty through education, the Guadalupe Center's Tutor Corps Program works to keep Immokalee's teens in school, remove the barriers to higher education, and ensure that students ultimately graduate from college with the tools to be successful in life. These students are eager to break their own cycle of poverty, but struggle with economic and environmental barriers beyond their control. Tutor Corps addresses the specific needs children from low-income agricultural communities confront when applying to and being admitted to college.

Immokalee High School students must have a 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation, apply and be interviewed for a position in the Tutor Corps Program. Once accepted, students are matched with mentors in the community who guide them on their path to success. Students earn a wage while tutoring younger students in the Guadalupe After-school Program. In addition, Tutor Corps students can accrue up to $16,000 in Guadalupe scholarships for college. The dedicated staff provides instruction in test-taking skills, guidance in selecting a college and career, assistance with financial aid and securing additional scholarships, and on-going support ensuring that students are prepared for, and graduate from, college.

 

220 Tutor Corps students are enrolled—100 high school students and 120 college students.


For more than nine consecutive years, 100% of Tutor Corps high school seniors have graduated high school and been accepted into a post secondary institution.


Over 90% of Tutor Corps college students graduate with a post-secondary degree.


 “The connection between education and income is strong. A high school diploma, technical college certificate, or college degree not only increases one’s skills and productivity, but signals to employers that the individual is motivated and completes tasks. A more educated individual is more likely to participate in the job market, to have a job, to work more hours, and to be paid more, and less likely to be unemployed. But benefits of education go beyond the economic returns. Higher levels of education also correspond to improved health and lower rates of mortality, and lower rates of crime.” (Berger, 2013)