Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $89,435)
The Building Towards Wellness Coalition for At Risk Youth Positive Steps After School Program (PSAS), will provide learning opportunities for youth outside of the traditional school day. The program goals are to improve academic achievement, decrease violent behavior, and affect a better attitude toward school by deterring students from juvenile crime. The project's principal activity will be the operation of a reading tutorial program for who live in public housing, attend Davis Elementary School and/or Marshall Middle School, and are at-risk for academic failure in reading. The project will offer tutorials four days a week for nine (9) months. Pre and post tests, reading observation logs, and tutor reading participation track sheets will be the instruments used to measure student progress. Volunteers will be recruited to tutor students in reading, both one-to-one and in small group settings. The program will report performance measures that include improved school attendance, improved academic performance, and a decrease in delinquent behavior.