Thank you for the efforts you've made with “Layla” this year. I believe the additional tutoring she received helped to strengthen her skills, especially since her parents are not able to help her much at home.
Youth Services’ supporters, it’s time to Dream Big!
Dream Big registration is now open! Click HERE to register.
Catholic Community Services of King County will host our 10th annual Dream Big breakfast fundraiser on March 14th, 2014 at Teatro ZinZanni.
Teatro ZinZanni offers the perfect venue for this inspirational event. Circus art reflects trust, teamwork and skill building— all elements that help young people create a sense of safety and belonging. Similar to Teatro Zinzanni, CCS creates space for young people to engage in programs that foster young people’s creativity and ability to shape ambitious life goals. Our programs inspire self-confidence and help young people identify their strengths and hidden talents. We combine innovative techniques along with educational and housing interventions to help young people thrive.
CCS serves as a launching point for youth to develop healthy and exciting futures, full of stability and wellness. With your support, we can empower our youth toopen the door to a world of possibilities.
Feel free to register online at: www.alturl.com/anonp. For more information on the event, contact Bridget Guerrero by e-mail or at 206-328-5970. Please consider contacting your employer, family or friends about sponsorship opportunities.
Proceeds from Dream Big 2014 benefit Catholic Community Services’ Youth Tutoring Program and the University District Youth Center.
The Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) is an after-school educational enrichment program for vulnerable first through twelfth grade students who live in six low- and mixed-income housing communities in Seattle. Started as a partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority in 1991, the tutoring centers provide youth with a safe, positive, and stimulating environment to explore learning and experience academic and personal success.
Volunteers are the heart of the program. They work with individual or pairs of students. In addition to offering academic support, volunteers serve as role models and friends to the students. We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 - 2014 school year program.
At the tutoring centers, students build skills in reading and math, get help with homework, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem and self-respect. There are six YTP tutoring centers located throughout Seattle. Centers are open in the late afternoon and early evening hours. YTP students are wonderfully diverse, representing many nationalities, cultures, languages and religions.
During the school year, YTP offers programming to help elementary, middle and high school students build academic and life skills. Students and tutors work one-on-one or in small groups to address learning gaps, develiop core academic skills and improve reading comprehension.
Click here to learn more about our mission, vision and values.
YTP serves elementary, middle, and high school youth living in Seattle’s low- and mixed-income, public housing communities. Ninety-nine percent of the participants are children of color, including 67% East African, 12% African American, and 11% Asian. Eighty-six percent of our students come from families where English is a second language. Forty-four percent of the students attending YTP tutoring centers have done so for at least three years consecutively.
Unfortunately many of our students’ parents cannot help their children with schoolwork. Parents often work long hours in low wage jobs to support their families and are unavailable to help with homework. Some parents have not achieved sufficient academic proficiency while others are new to this country and do not have a command of the English language. English is either not spoken at home or is the second language for 86% of our students. And most families cannot afford academic tools and other resources common in middle-income households, such as computers and Internet access.
"(The YTP is) an extremely valuable resource for the neighborhood and kids. The attendance of the kids week after week attests to the greatness of this program. No one forces these kids to come yet it’s very full week after week." --YTP Tutor
“M. needs a great deal of assistance in completing his assignments both at home and at school. Since his parents speak only minimal English, he does not receive much help from them regarding school work. It's therefore essential for M. to receive as much one-on-one tutoring if he is to advance and progress in his academic subjects. Thank you for providing him a positive environment in which he can grow and flourish.” – Seattle Public School Teacher
During Fiscal Year 2010-2011, 460 children were served by the Youth Tutoring Program (YTP). In a recent survey, 92% of the students and 97% of their parents reported improvements in grades or schoolwork (or maintenance of already good grades) due to participation in our program. The results also indicated improvements in key skills and indicators of future academic success.
The children who participate in the Youth Tutoring Program live in low- and mixed-income communities. They are considered at-risk for low academic achievement, poor school attendance, high drop-out rate, exposure to and involvement in substance abuse and gangs, low self-esteem, and little or no after-school supervision or parental involvement in their lives.
The YTP mitigates these risk factors by offering hope, help, and a positive presence in these youths’ lives. As a result of attending tutoring, students turn in higher quality homework more frequently and they gain the basic math and language arts skills they need to work at their grade level.
Through community support and student popularity, the program has grown substantially.
High Point West Seattle 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Rm 112 Seattle, WA 98126 (206) 588-4900 ext. 624
Rainier Vista South Seattle 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 436-1908
Jackson Park Northeast Seattle 14374 30th N.E. (Community Building) Seattle, WA 98125 (206) 364-7026
Yesler Terrace Central Seattle 825 Yesler Way (Community Building) Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-5590
NewHolly South Seattle 7058 32nd Ave S., Suite 103 Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 725-7942
We offer many opportunities to help transform the lives of youth. Our volunteer needs can accommodate many types of skills and schedules. Our greatest need is for volunteer tutors in the afternoon/evening.
Mail Donations To: Catholic Community Services Attn: Office of Mission Resources 100 23rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98144-5797