Address: 1028 S. 9th St. (located at the United Community Center - Bruce Guadalupe Middle School)
Transportation: Option 1: Catch #14 bus on the corner of 16th and Wisconsin which will head west to 17th and then south over the viaduct on 16th Street. Transfer at National Avenue, and take the #18 east to 9th Street. Get off at 9th Street, and walk about two blocks to the address.
Option 2: Walk or take any bus going east to 6th and Wisconsin, and then take #80 south to 6th and National. Walk to site from there. Bruce Guadalupe Middle School office is on the right when you come in the front doors. The tutoring sessions will be on the second floor. Go to the office and they will direct you.
Approximate Travel Time By Car: 10 minutes
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 25 minutes
Days/Hours of Service:
Monday 3-5 p.m. (6 slots)
Tuesday 3-5 p.m. (6 slots)
Wednesday 3-5 p.m. (4 slots)
Thursday 3-5 p.m. (6 slots)
Friday 3-5 p.m. (5 slots)
Description of Agency/Activities: The YES tutoring/mentoring program provides social, educational, nutritional, and health services to fifty 7th and 8th graders, particularly those who are Hispanic and are in the at-risk category for low academic achievement, behavior, or obesity. The focus of the YES program in general is teaching healthy lifestyle, math and science, health career exposure, and the Latino culture. They take them on field trips to colleges/ high schools and places to spark their interest in science and math careers. They have also created a science club for those students interested. The day to day programming is after school from 3-5 Monday-Friday. The students are grouped by gender, so while the girls are doing fitness in the gym, the boys will be in the classroom doing their homework or studying for an hour, and the group rotates at 4 p.m.
Student Role in Agency: Service Learners will provide tutoring in all subjects and mentor the students in the following ways: talk about what it takes to go to college, teach helpful study skills and the importance of science and math in a career, and elaborate on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Most days they will have homework they need help on or a test coming up and will need help studying, but there may be some field trips.
Unique Features of the Agency: This is a great opportunity to practice the Spanish language and to learn about the diversity of Latino culture.
Commitment: 1-2 days per week throughout the semester.
Since Service Learners will be working directly with UCC clients, it is required that volunteers be outgoing and personable, show initiative, and enjoy interacting with clients of all ages. They need to own their placement and work to make it a good fit by sharing feedback and being proactive. Students must complete a volunteer application and background check before starting service (these forms are available at Sign-Up Night).