The Youth English Tutoring Program (YETP) for 2012 is almost upon us! Now in its third year, YETP is designed to keep immigrant children from falling behind their peers during the summer months when they spend most of their time at home with non-English speaking parents. This year, we have expanded our program to two school sites. Last year, students at Albemarle Road Elementary enjoyed a fun and informative summer with our dedicated group of ESL tutors. This year, Albemarle Road students will be joined by about 75 more children from Merry Oaks International Academy who will be exposed to this invigorating educational opportunity for the first time. Both are Title I schools that serve a large percentage of ESL children who would otherwise have no English literacy practice during the summer.
From June 18th – July 26th, YETP will stimulate over 100 students during the summer holidays. Our 17 trained tutors, hailing from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, will use ESL textbooks to create dynamic lesson plans that incorporate games, videos, sports and arts and crafts. Thanks to the generosity of our funders, Wells Fargo and the Belk Foundation, it is free for participants and includes meals and snacks.
Children aren't the only ones who will benefit from this program. Parents of YETP students will be invited to participate in our Adult “Charlotte University” ESL summer program. This course will be offered simultaneously with YETP and combines English learning with practical themes. A team of Adult ESL tutors will help parents practice English while offering information about how to navigate Charlotte agencies and resources. Adult ESL students will hear presentations from Charlotte service providers on topic such as health, transportation and education.
This year, we are building on the success of our past programs, expanding the initiative to two CMS elementary schools, working more closely with these schools to secure outstanding lead tutors, materials and technology, and adding an adult ESL component, providing parents with the opportunity to learn English alongside their children. YETP is shaping up to be a fantastic six-week experience for everyone involved. We anticipate many bright smiles by the end of the summer!
Children’s books and lower-level chapter books are preferred.
Books will be collected at International House until July 22nd.
All books will be donated to students at Albemarle Road Elementary
School and Merry Oaks International Academy.