Based on our long history of success with older school students, AYD launched a collaborative project with Neighborhood Learning Alliance to develop a tutoring and enrichment program for highly at-risk 3rd to 5th graders at Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8 in Brighton Heights. This was a new venture for AYD, as it marked our first time serving elementary students and girls. The 35 slots in the program filled almost immediately, and a waiting list developed. By June 2015, 60% of those original students showed significant, sustained increases in their grade point average.
The Morrow program is now a continuing partnership between AYD and NLA’s Reading Warriors program, which matches trained high school students as reading and math mentors with elementary students. The program runs Monday through Thursday afternoons, from the school's closing bell at 2:48 to 6:00. In addition to skills-building with the Warriors, the days include homework help, service learning, gym time, a snack and dinner, and practice twice a week with AYD Judo.
In 2015, the program also featured a six-week summer day camp.
Parents interested in enrolling their Morrow student in 3rd through 5th grade should contact site coordinator Ms. Charleeta Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (412) 766-5040.
AYD's Afterschool Program at Morrow is supported by funding from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services through Neighborhood Learning Alliance, and by grants from The Heinz Endowments and the Buhl Foundation.