Academic Support & Credit Recovery

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Academic Support & Credit Recovery. My idea to help keep youth in school and employed involves students earning money, in addition to recovering credits, while helping their fellow students with their academics. One major issue keeping young people from graduating high school on time is credit recovery. For many students, having to retake classes or earn back credits lost can pose a major hurdle to graduating, especially graduation with the A-G requirements. In order to facilitate this many schools have credit recovery programs. Unfortunately for many students, these programs occur during hours where many young people have jobs, i.e. after school, during the summer or on weekends. For my Spark Action Challenge, I would create a program where students who earned a C or higher in a given class can register to become a tutor in that subject area. Students who became tutors would be able to earn credits for their tutoring in addition to being paid the prevailing wage for people of their age in their community. By helping students recover or earn credits, as well as earn money this program would help solve the program of students dropping out of school or being unemployed. This program is easily replicated and could be used at the middle school , high school, or college level. In addition to earning money and credits, participating students would also be helping their student and school community. Tutoring can also place a strain on school's budgets or on teacher's time. This program will help in both areas. The last benefit of this program is that students who are struggling in a class can get peer support in a student/youth friendly environment, build their capacity and hopefully come back through the program as a tutor. Thank you for considering my idea.
David Hicks is the Director of Youth Programs for E3. David Hicks comes to E3 after working at Barack Obama Academy in Oakland, CA for the past four years. As a founding teacher of the school, David taught 7th and 8th grade History and English as well as coordinating the school's experiential and outdoor education program. He finished the last year of the school as Dean of Students. David's dedication to youth empowerment comes out of a firm believe in the ability of all youth to make a life for themselves that they can find rewarding, satisfying and within their own personal definition of success. David works in each of the E3 schools in San Rafael, Novato, and Richmond, meeting weekly with youth as part of E3's innovative PATHWAYS TO POST COLLEGE YOUTH PROGRAM.