Tutoring, mentoring, workshops and more for students and families!
Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana University Indiana Kids program that serves thousands of students each year, is providing a free summer program for students in grades 6-12 and their families through July 1, 2020. The summer program provides free virtual tutoring, mentoring, college/career workshops, and more statewide.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hybrid in-person/virtual tutoring and mentoring program moved all services online. The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement along with college tutors and mentors provided online tutoring in math, science, English, and social studies, in addition to online mentoring state-wide through a virtual site. IU Regional campuses provided additional virtual services to participants in their areas. Nicole Oglesby, Director of P-20 Educational Alliances with the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement explained:
“We understand that the transition to e-learning during mid-March for so many students across the state was at times challenging and felt overwhelming. This summer opportunity is important because we want to be supportive of student and family needs, whether it be with tutoring, mentoring, or workshops.”
The 2020 summer program is for students and families. Students can work on assignments to get caught up, get ahead or prevent summer learning loss. Tutors can also provide practice assignments, and students can discuss college/career opportunities with college mentors. In addition, family workshops are offered to students and parents/caregivers.
Tutoring & mentoring sessions are offered Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST AND 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST through July 1, 2020.
The program held a very successful on-campus summer enrichment program in 2019 where students were able to spend an hour focused on a specific subject, such as math, or discuss college and career goals. The summer programming was designed with addressing summer learning loss in mind explained Oglesby:
“We understood research on ‘summer learning loss’ suggested that summer programs focusing on remedial, accelerated, or enriched learning had a positive impact on the knowledge and skills of participants.”
Requests from students and caregivers to continue the program through the summer also has confirmed the need for the summer program:
“I just got my math ISTEP score back and I passed! Thank you very much for providing me with awesome tutors that helped me along the way to passing. I would love to keep up with tutoring this summer to practice for the SAT and next year as well because I know the amazing work you guys do is wonderful.” – Student participant
“My son is now passing Spanish for the first time thanks to your tutoring program!”
“My daughter received her first A+ on a math exam ever thanks to her receiving tutoring from Indiana Kids!”
Families who are interested in the Indiana Kids program should visit the website to enroll in the program and schedule online sessions. Once a student reserves a session, they can specify what type of academic support they need or if they want to talk about setting goals or managing their time.
Oglesby adds, “During the four-week program and into the fall semester, we are here as a resource for students and families.”
For more information, visit the website: https://engage.iupui.edu/partner/student-achievement/tutoring-mentoring/index.html
About Indiana Kids: The IU Indiana Kids program is a collaboration between the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with other IU regional campuses (IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast) that began in 2016 to provide free tutoring, mentoring, and college and career workshops to students in grades 6-12.
Contact: Kayla Nunnally (Program Manager) or Nicole Oglesby (Director of P-20 Educational Alliances with the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement) firstname.lastname@example.org