Tutoring program works to empower through education

2013-04-25T00:00:00Z Tutoring program works to empower through educationBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HIGHLAND | The anti-poverty organization Becoming We the People offers tutoring from 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays at Kempo Jujitsu Martial Arts Academy, a collaborating organization. The tutoring is available to students in kindergarten through high school and covers all academic subjects.

The suggested rate is $5 per hour, but students are not disqualified because they or their parents cannot pay. “We are probably the most affordable program,” said Jordan Hestermann, director of Becoming We the People. Tutoring is open to families of all income levels and backgrounds.

To sign up, parents and students must come at a scheduled time to the program’s Learning Center at the martial arts academy, 8929 Indianapolis Blvd. Schedule an appointment by calling (773) 597-7887 or email info@becomingwethepeople.org.

The mission of Becoming We the People is to create a more equal society by expanding opportunities and resources through tutoring and other programs. “Lack of education, or lack of access to educational opportunities, is one of the pieces of the pie that make up poverty,” Hestermann.

Hestermann said the program puts its focus on students ahead of efforts to expand. The program looks for new tutors so it can accommodate additional students without dividing tutors’ attention.

“We just have to make sure we have tutors available. That has been our biggest challenge in growing the program,” she said. The current ratio of student to tutor is 2 to 1.

“Our tutors are not all adults. We accept middle-school and high-school students. We want to help students build their skill-base and feel like they can make a difference early on, not just when they are adults,” Hestermann said.

Becoming We the People works with businesses and other nonprofit organizations. Collaborating organizations include the Tutor/Mentor Institute, and Becoming We the People will cohost the institute’s biannual Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference on June 7 at the Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson, Chicago.

Becoming We the People has held numerous workshops, conducts an annual holiday toy drive and holds an annual online auction to benefit Tuesday’s Children. The organization formed in December, 2008. and began its tutoring program in October, 2011.

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