The Saturday School, or the Richard Allen Outreach Center (RAOC) Youth Academy, has served youth between the ages of 6 and 16 since 2012. The Youth Academy serves a diverse group of 25-30 children and youth, including African-American, Hispanic, and Ethiopian, who are underserved, underperforming academically, socially deprived of interactive experiences, and/or those who may be classified as at-risk. We have partnered with colleges, universities, and others to offer academic support, tutoring, mentoring and guidance in both individual and group sessions on Saturdays from 10am until 3pm with wide-ranging topics from reading and writing to robotics as well as providing everyone with a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch each week. During COVID-19, our activities have moved online via ZOOM but now are back to in-person. The impact and success of Youth Academy have been the positivity of everyone involved, especially college students and volunteers, and how their encouragement and willingness to share their experiences have supported our youth to graduate from high school to college. The Youth Academy community and relationships have been able to support the growth of children that may have been withdrawn and non-verbal to speak more boldly and with conviction about themselves and their goals in life.
182 People | 129 Impacts | 376 Hours