Samantha Maldonado, one of 740 students in Guadalupe Center’s After-school Tutoring program, says, “It’s cool. They (the tutors) help me with my homework and then we play learning games. I just like them to be around because that makes me comfortable. I want to thank them every day!”
A second grader at Highlands Elementary School, she is inspired to become a teacher when she grows up, and she proudly reports that she is already helping her teachers by translating for several Spanish-speaking students in her class.
“These families work, many of them in fields and other demanding jobs, so they are not home at 3:00,” says Jamie Scott, director, Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) Out of School Time Initiative. “The After-school Tutoring Program gives students a safe place to go after school, a mentor and someone who is excited to see them at the end of the day.”