LEARN Works has GROWN and we need your SUPPORT!
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Helping close the achievement gap for underprivileged youth has been an on-going challenge and is becoming increasingly difficult as class sizes continue to increase, budgets continue to shrink and resources to assist our most vulnerable students are practically non-existent.

We are excited to announce that our LEARN Works program has expanded from serving 60 students to 105! This expansion allows us to add 30 children from JV Washam Elementary and 15 sixth grade students from Bailey Middle School. We are seeking financial support, healthy snacks and VOLUNTEERS to tutor our students. Donations to support the program are tax deductible.

The LEARN Works program serves 100% impoverished, at-risk youth in grades 1-6. Our student demographics are as follows: 46% Latino (many from homes with parents who are non-English speaking); 38% African American; 10% Caucasian and 5% bi-racial. There is no other program like LEARN Works operating in our service area that provides 1 on 1 tutoring to students. This is made possible through our partnership with Davidson College.

Overall program goals aim to:

  • Promote and foster literacy as a foundation for student development
  • Foster growth in academics by building academic skills
  • Increase academic confidence
  • Encourage and promote leadership development through enrichment activities and exposure to community resources and leaders.

The Ada Jenkins Center LEARN Works program (Linking Everyone to Achievement Resources Now), operating for more than 14 years, has established itself as a positive and productive program for the students, staff and volunteers. The mission of this program is to partner with families and schools to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students in our local communities. Students enrolled in the program are in grades one through six and attend Davidson, Cornelius or JV Washam Elementary School. Middle school students will come to us from Bailey Middle. Students are referred to the program by classroom teachers or school administrators because of a demonstrated need for additional academic support.

Students in each group receive about 65 minutes per day of academic support. In the remaining time, they participate in recreational, social, or personal development activities. There is a $50 fee per child, per year for the program. However, no child is turned away for the inability to pay.

It costs the Ada Jenkins Center an average of $2,860 a year, per child enrolled in this program. At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, 101 volunteers have logged more than 6,739 hours of service to this program. Area churches and civic groups help provide snacks for the children. With an increase in volunteer support needed this year, we estimate volunteers will donate approximately 11,625 hours to this program. Based on an hourly volunteer rate of $21.79 per hour, this equals $253,308.75 per year.

Snacks for the children are donated and cost an average $50 per day.

100% of our students completing the 2011-2012 school year were promoted to the next grade!