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YETP-Teacher-and-StudentOur Youth English Tutoring Program (YETP) is off to an exciting start!

On June 23rd, we kicked off our fifth summer of YETP.  For the next 6 weeks, our teams of tutors and teachers will be working at four local schools to improve the English fluency and literacy of about 250 children from non-English speaking families. This summer, YETP is taking place at Merry Oaks, Pinewood, Montclaire,  and Nations Ford Elementary Schools.  Each of these schools serves many students who come from high poverty backgrounds where English is not spoken at home.

YETP is a free program that has demonstrated remarkable success in avoiding the “summer slide” where foreign-born children often lose up to 3 months of reading growth while not at school. Our results last summer showed that 95% of our YETP students maintained or improved their literacy levels. YETP forms a crucial bridge to prepare students for the upcoming school year.

Monique Howell, YETP Coordinator for IH, is very pleased with the start of the program.  “Our 60 YETP staff members all share a passion to see these students grow and learn this summer. It is so inspiring to go into schools and see children smiling, laughing, and learning so early into the program. I am certain this summer is going to be a great one for YETP!”

Many thanks to our generous sponsors who have made this program possible:  Belk Foundation, Piedmont Natural Gas, Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, Duke Energy, and SPX!