A challenge we have faced in the past years of our “Earn & Learn” program is in keeping the high school students motivated to work together as a team, and confident in their ability to succeed individually. The Pryor Center for Leadership Development provides us with the staff and curriculum that promotes an environment of hard work and team building. The students also have the chance to visit William Jewell College once a week to participate in the Tucker Leadership Lab activities.
One challenge we face at Hogan Elementary is having enough tutors to work one-on-one with our students. We face this issue at all of our sites, but especially ones that serve large numbers of students. Hogan Elementary is the 3rd largest of our Summer Program sites, serving about 175 students.
This Earn & Learn student has enjoyed working in the program to gain experience working with kids. She hopes to be a teacher, so this opportunity will help prepare her for future success.
The Upper Room is a non-profit organization that provides high quality out-of-school education programs for children in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. Since our inception in 1999, we have recognized the challenge with some of our middle school students who are achieving above grade level to ensure they are not bored in the classroom. In order to find a solution for these students, the High School Prep program was created. High School Prep is working to challenge these middle schoolers and prepare them for high school. The students who are chosen for the program are advanced readers and need more academic rigor in the classroom. At High School Prep, students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades focus on english and math skills. Two Rockhurst High School teachers instruct the courses and are assisted by Rockhurst students.