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: Tuesday/Friday 2:00-4:00 pm
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 would serve as a teacher and role model, teaching and reinforcing key messages about healthy eating and inspiring 5th grade student participants to adopt healthy eating habits. From 2-3pm service learners will have a core team meeting, and from 3-4pm will give a nutrition class. A health research coordinator will help service learners and will be at every class.
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: 2 hours once a week
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).