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After School Program at Edison
become better students
By Bryce Filbrun, Edison Student Volunteer
I have gained a lot from participating in the after school program. By
participating in the program, I have gained a lot of respect for my
parents. I have learned that my parents have raised me in a way that I
respect my schooling and my grades. I have learned how to be more
patient. When working with the little kids, you have to be patient with
them and help them. Another thing I have learned by participating in
the after-school program is responsibility. While helping the little
kids, I am responsible for them and I have to know where they are at
all times. Along with knowing where the kids are, I also have to make
sure the students get all of their homework finished.
The Edison Core Values played a key role in the success of the after
school program. Communication played the biggest role in the success of
the after-school program. In order for the program to be successful,
communication was needed from the instructors, the tutors, and the
kids, as well. The instructors had to tell the tutors when and where to
work and who to work with. The instructors had to set up the times and
get all the paperwork filled out between the college and the parents of
the students in order for the student to attend the program. The tutors
had to communicate not only with the instructors, but also with the
kids. The tutors had to make sure the kids had all their homework done
and if they did not, the tutors would have to help them with their
homework. If the kid did not understand his or her homework, then the
tutor must explain how to do whatever math problem they were currently
working on or how to sound out a word in a book. The kids also have to
be good at communicating. The kids have to tell the tutors what
homework they have that night and if they need help with something they
need to tell a tutor and get help.
Ethics also played a big role in the success of the after-school
program. The kids were held to high standards in a sense that they were
not allowed to cheat off of somebody else’s homework or do another
kid’s homework for them.
Critical thinking was used in the after-school program because, as a
tutor, you never know what question a kid might ask or what situation a
kid might put you in. So, as a tutor, you have to be able to think
quickly and react to whatever the situation might be.
In the after-school program, there is a lot of human diversity. There
are a lot of kids that go to the after school program and many of them
come from different types of backgrounds. This gives the program lots
of diversity, which is good for the kids to get a wide variety of
friends and people to interact with.
Having respect for learning is also a big part of the afterschool
program. The kids have to be respectful towards their learning and not
cheat on their homework or tests. Another part of the after school
program is teamwork. Sometimes when an older kid would get done with
his or her homework they would help out another kid that needed help
with their homework. This is a great example of teamwork.
The value of the program is a great way to help at-risk students get
caught up on their school work and maybe even help them get ahead in
their classes. The program, from my perspective, has really helped the
kids become better students and they are excited to come to the after
school program. The students want to come to the program and interact
with the older tutors. The little kids look up to the tutors because
they are in college and most students want to go to college someday.
The program is already very successful in my opinion. There are some
suggestions I have in order to make the program better. I think there
should be more tutors to help the kids. Sometimes there are less than
five tutors and more than 25 students. This makes it very difficult to
pay attention and get one on one time with each student. If you have
more tutors, that would mean more one on one time with each student.
Bryce has completed 24.25 hours in Empowering Darke County Youth’s
After School Program on the Edison Darke County Campus. To get details
about his assignment, go to Edison Students Speak Out
To get more details about Empowering Darke County Youth and the After
School Program, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth link.
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