Fall 2018 Weekly Service Activity Descriptions
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland After School Program
- JCU students in this activity assist Boys & Girls Club youth with homework assignments. Participants will also assist program staff in facilitating activities, such as basketball games/tournaments, kickball, fitness challenges, board game tournaments, and arts and crafts.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
- 7th Grade Tutoring: JCU Students in this activity are matched with our Hope Prep Manager and will be working with 7th graders on community building and socio-emotional development. This service is highly-structured, and participants should be comfortable with focusing on academic achievement with the students.
- 8th, 9th, and 10th Grade Tutoring: JCU students in this activity are matched with our College Road Manager and will be working with 8th–10th graders on math or writing assignments. This service is highly-structured, and participants should be comfortable with focusing on academic achievement with the students.
Building Hope in the City
- JCU students tutor and mentor area elementary and middle school students in a structured after school tutoring program. Tutors log the material covered each week, and are paired with the same student throughout the semester when possible.
- STEP Program: Carroll Reads tutors work one-on-one with K-2 grade students on early literacy skills. Tutors complete an initial training course that includes basic tutoring strategies, early childhood pedagogical best practices, cultural competency, and information on specific populations served. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement. This program was developed by JCU Professor, Dr. Cathy Rosemary, and research has shown it to be an effective early literacy program. Locations include:
- Gearity Professional Development School
- Marion-Sterling Elementary School
- Shoreview Elementary School
- 1-2-3 READ: Carroll Reads tutors will participate in a structured early literacy intervention program called 1-2-3 READ that was developed by the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Tutors will assist first and second graders who are selected from area schools to develop critical reading skills. Cuyahoga County Public Library provides the necessary training for tutors to be effective in this program. Location:
- Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid – Lyndhurst Branch
Cleveland Sight Center
- JCU students build relationships with adults with visual impairments by providing individual help and tutoring in an adult GED class, taught by a professor from Cuyahoga Community College.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center
- Games and Activities: JCU students mentor and build relationships with residents through games and other structured activities.
- Power Source: JCU students serve as peer mentors and leaders for residents in this structured, research-based curriculum to help youth develop the social and emotional skills that will launch them toward trajectories of success and well-being. JCU students attend a training session at the beginning of the semester, and lead units from an easy-to-use workbook each week.
Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
- JCU Students in this activity work primarily with the youth program at the Domestic Violence Shelter, and will sometimes work with families too. JCU volunteers will be assisting the Youth Staff with the evening therapeutic programming. This primarily involves working with kids, but volunteers will also sometimes do group work with families and the women.
- Computer Class: JCU students work one on one with seniors to teach basic computer, smartphone, and social media skills.
- Park Village Tutoring: JCU students work alongside seniors to help children with homework and other activities in this after school program.
Fatima Family Center
- Aftercare Tutoring: JCU students work with Fatima’s after school program for 1st – 8th grade students, assisting Fatima staff and providing one-on-one, drop-in tutoring tailored to the students’ academic needs.
- Boys & Girls Club: JCU students work with Fatima’s after school program for children ages 5-13. Volunteers will provide homework help, tutoring assistance, and will engage in educational activities with children.
- Senior Center: JCU students work with Fatima’s senior center participants, engaging them in games and conversation.
Gearity Professional Development School
- Preschool: JCU students in this activity will provide in-class assistance to teachers and work primarily with special needs students in the preschool.
- Autism: JCU students in this activity will provide in-class assistance to teachers in an autism classroom, working with children in Preschool, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
Griot Village After School Tutoring Program
- JCU students tutor and mentor the mostly elementary school students who attend the Griot Village after school tutoring program. Griot Village is an inter-generational housing development, where the children are being raised by grandparents or other guardians who are senior citizens.
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
- Bolton Elementary: JCU students tutor at Bolton Elementary through a volunteer program coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. JCU students are matched one on one with a middle school student to participate in a book club together throughout the semester. JCU students assist with reading comprehension, and help Bolton students to develop a love of reading.
- This is a new activity and details are still being confirmed as of 8/1/18.
Julie Billiart School
- JCU students work with students in grades K-8 who are on the autism spectrum or have other special learning needs. Activities will be directed by grade level teachers and JCU students will primarily work one on one with Julie Billiart students.
Lake Erie Ink
- JCU students will assist Lake Erie Ink staff members in providing a creative writing program to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The idea is to foster creative expression while at the same time helping to develop social/interpersonal skills and self-understanding.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Chopping for Change
- JCU students in this activity will work in the Chopping for Change Program, an innovative program that provides significant work experience and training for people in the criminal justice system. Some participants will provide tutoring and class support in a variety of subject areas. Other participants will assist students in the program with computer skills in an employment readiness class. This includes help with resumes, job applications, and interview practice.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men’s Shelter
- Chess and Games Club: JCU students in this activity participate in the weekly Chess and Games Club at the shelter. Participants will build relationships with LMM Men’s Shelter residents by playing chess and other games together, while sharing in conversation.
- Current Events Discussion: JCU students build relationships with LMM Men’s Shelter residents by participating in a weekly Current Events Discussion, facilitated by a former Cuyahoga County judge. Discussion topics range from politics and global issues to celebrities and pop culture. In this activity, JCU students will be asked to bring in issues from the news that they would like to discuss.
- Poetry Group: JCU students build relationships with LMM Men’s Shelter residents by participating in a weekly poetry group. The group of volunteers and shelter residents begin by reading and discussing published poetry, and then are invited to write and share poetry of their own.
Noble Elementary School
- JCU students assist students with homework and other enrichment activities during this after school program. This program serves many of the school’s English Language Learners.
Northeast Reintegration Center
- Women’s Spirituality: JCU students join with the female inmates of Northeast Reintegration Center to participate in this activity to build relationships and learn together about women’s spirituality. This activity is facilitated by volunteers from Catholic Charities.
Roxboro Middle School
- JCU students assist Roxboro students with math homework and other enrichment and youth development activities in this after school program.
St. Francis School
- JCU students work one-on-one and in small groups with K-8th grade students on elementary math skills, and homework help in all subject areas. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement.
St. Martin de Porres High School
- ACT Test Prep: JCU students will tutor St. Martin de Porres High School students in an after school ACT Test Prep class. JCU students will provide one-on-one assistance to St. Martin’s students, who will be working on their own individualized curricula. Answers and materials will be provided.
- Credit Recovery and Literacy Tutoring: JCU students tutor St. Martin de Porres High School students in an after school math credit recovery class, or in a literacy tutoring session. JCU students will provide one-on-one assistance to St. Martin’s students, who will be working on their own individualized curricula so they can catch up in math and reading.
The Intergenerational School
- JCU students work one-on-one and in small groups with K-6th grade students on reading, elementary math skills, and homework help in all subject areas. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement.
The Saturday Tutoring Program
- JCU students in this activity select the age-range of the children with whom they’d like to work with in grades 1-8, or choose the high school subject they would like to tutor in. Educational materials are provided and sessions are supervised by retired teachers. Participants work one-on-one or in small groups with children, clarifying information, guiding students through practice problems, checking for understanding, and providing encouragement. A brief refreshment break gives everyone the chance to build rapport and learn more about each other.
Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy
- JCU students will be tutoring and providing one on one assistance to high school students at the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, a unique school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District System that provides a welcoming learning environment for students who have just arrived to Cleveland from other countries and Puerto Rico. The Pre K – 12 school is designed to help students find their way in a new country with a different language and different customs. The school provides rigorous English as a Second Language (ESL) intervention classes and a comprehensive academic program.
US Together Refugee Resettlement Inc.
- Women’s Empowerment: JCU students will build relationships with women who were resettled as refugees as part of the US Together Women’s Empowerment program. JCU students will teach vocational ESL, aid in life skills, and will help the clients work on phone and interview skills, customer service, and presenting their business plans.
Warner Girls Leadership Academy
- Afterschool Tutoring: JCU students engage in providing tutoring and homework assistance to elementary-age children who are members of the US Together community
- Citizenship Prep & ESL Tutoring: JCU students work with Warner students in small groups and individually, helping them to read and practice math concepts, and assisting them in any other areas of academic concern.
Youth For Justice
- John Carroll University tutors are partnered with teams of 8th graders in Cleveland and East Cleveland to work to identify and investigate a topic of injustice in their communities. JCU tutors coach and facilitate the research process, help students create surveys, and conduct interviews. Based on the research, teams identify an action plan designed to address their selected injustice. At the Youth for Justice Summit in early May, teams present the background, alternative solutions, and action plans to local community members who serve as judges.