The problems I am trying to solve is the lack of educational value within the youth participating in the Youth Activity Center. There is a main focus on all the video games provided here at the center, and not a focus on their homework or academic skills. I understand the children need socialization and enjoy having the different gaming systems provided for them, but by providing a fun approach the interest in education will increase.
These children come from single-parent homes and of homes that have low socio-economic status. By incorporating a program that allows them to have additional help in academic areas, it builds their confidence and hope of a brighter future. The staff members at the Youth Activity Center place a high value on education, and want to pass this value onto the youth that may not have role models in their life outside of the school environment to pass this on. According to http://www.hungerday.org, 26% of parents in a low-income home have less than a high school degree, 35% of parents only have a high school degree, and 16.8% have had some college. With the less educated parents, not much emphasis is placed on higher education or even a standard education. By having a program that allows these kids to engage in educationally fun games it can build their awareness of future education. It can also excel their current education by building an interest in the subjects being taught at school.
Being that around 85% of the children we interact with are minorities, or come from a low-income family, providing a support system in education is key. These children need that support and guidance to build confidence to succeed in the future. By setting up a program with weekly rewards and different subjects to work with, the children will be able to work on their stronger and weaker subjects of school while also engaging and working together with other children. A competitive edge added to the program will work on their internal motivation to know more and be more competent.
I am the right person to lead this program because I feel children deserve the world. They deserve the opportunities they may not get from their guardians. If they are given the same education and knowledge as their middle and upper class peers, they can make better decisions for life now, and in the future. I believe that with some guidance, a little external motivation, and positive influences, they can get on the right track to success.
This project was started for the sole purpose of helping less privileged children. I was given so much as a child and want to give that back to children I have build a relationship by working at the Youth Activity Center for 4 years now. I want to touch their lives and be able to affect their future.
I have a supportive staff to help me achieve this goal of an enriched education in these childrens’ lives. Together we are willing to keep structure with the program and provide tutoring or help whenever necessary.