Friends Help Fund
Homework Help is a drop-in after-school tutoring program that offers youth in economically-challenged, diverse neighborhoods a free, safe, and welcoming after-school space to work with adult volunteers to master academic concepts and complete homework assignments.
- 12 Homework Help library locations
- Offering an average of 3 after-school Homework Help programs per week
- In the 2015-16 school year, 284 volunteer tutors served over 1,450 unique youth representing all grade levels.
- In the 2015-16 school year, Homework Help served approximately 100 students per day, Monday through Thursday, with smaller programs on weekends.
- In 2015, 284 tutors met with students over 12,000 times
Why It Matters
"Whether it’s learning to tell time, work on a science fair project … or practice for a spelling test, Homework Help is the kitchen table around which we all gather."
The One-to-One Tutoring Difference
Many Homework Help participants describe feeling invisible in their schools. While maintaining a positive attitude towards learning and being motivated to do well, they report feeling that their struggles went unnoticed, often due to limited English skills or a cultural reluctance to ask for help.
Students say that the personal attention they receive from Homework Help tutors, who help them understand core concepts in a safe and welcoming environment, is a key contributing factor to their overall academic performance.
Friends help power Súper Kínder, a summer kindergarten-readiness program for Latino children ages 4-5 that uses fun, interactive lessons to build children’s early literacy skills and help caregivers create learning-rich environments at home.
At each session, families receive activity kits and books to encourage interactive learning at home and to emphasize the parents’ role as their child’s first and best teacher.
why it matters
Before participating in Súper Kínder last year, only 20% of participating parents used everyday activities to help their child learn letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. After, 80% said they were helping their child learn by connecting daily activities to key knowledge areas for kindergarten-readiness.
An introduction to the Library
Not only does the program prepare the kids for kindergarten...
it also introduces families to all the Library’s resources that can help kids succeed through their school years and beyond.
“Staff continue to see Súper Kínder families attending other programs, or just visiting and checking out books, even years after they completed the program. Many of the Súper Kínder families become regular users.”
- Marcela Sanchez, former Spanish Liaison and teacher for Súper Kínder
Setting Kids up for Success
Súper Kínder’s curriculum is tied to the Minnesota Learning Standards for pre-K students. The program places particular emphasis is Cognitive Development: Mathematical & Logical Thinking and other standards including:
Give Students a Step Up
help all students succeed