Two grants will fund new tutoring program

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

If you think your child would benefit from a strong academic after-school program with character education and parental involvement in the mix, then you may want to consider the free Youth Leadership Transformation after-school program.



What: The Youth Leadership Transformation after-school program for Pre-K through 12th grade.
When: 5–6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 16.
Where: Landmark Holy Temple of God, 1220 NE 23rd Ave.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-375-8822.

Vivian Haynes Tinker, founder and director of the program, said the goal is to serve 50 children in Pre-K through 12th grade, including students in Exceptional Student Education, or ESE, in schools in east Gainesville, including Howard Bishop Middle School, Metcalfe and Rawlings elementary schools, Sweetwater Branch Academy and Hoggetowne Middle School Inc.

The after-school program will be offered from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 16 at Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave.

The children will receive grade-appropriate education that will focus on FCAT preparation and character education.

They also will receive individual attention and mentoring. Haynes Tinker said parent workshops will be offered to empower parents to help their children succeed.

Haynes Tinker, who holds a Ph.D. in education leadership and is certified to teach kindergarten through college and ESE, said the after-school program will target all students. She said GED education also will be offered.

Funding for the program will come from two grants — one for $2,000 from the city of Gainesville and another for $7,000 from the Plum Creek Timber Co.

"We want parents involved with their children's learning," said Haynes Tinker, adding that parents will receive a progress report every week.

Haynes Tinker said she will be assessing the students' academic strengths and weaknesses in order to focus on those needs.

"We will work with teachers and parents to empower parents to help their children." Haynes Tinker said. "Parents will be empowered to believe in their child and to be a part of their student's education. This is a team effort."

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