Education

Homework Room & Tutoring

Every student who enters the Center spends at least an hour in the Homework Room, where they eat a snack and finish the day’s homework. Through collaborations with local universities, the room is staffed with tutors who work with youth one on one on specific assignments, as well as two part-time staff members who can mentor and track the progress of each student.

Math Is Not My Enemy

By the time girls reach middle school, their math grades start to slip. Research shows that this is not due to lack of aptitude, but a result of years of lived in a culture that thinks boys are better at math than girls are. Math Is Not My Enemy is a year-round math enrichment program for girls ages 12 to 14 to combat that belief, which is shared by men and women alike. During the summer, the daily schedule includes level-appropriate math problems, personal development, and team-building activities. During the school year, twice weekly classes offer targeted homework help and extra practice to help girls express their math aptitude.

Connections to College

As part of the C2C program, youth spend the summer attending a college-level sociology class taught just for them at Northeastern University, getting used to college life, and learning how to apply for college and financial aid. This year’s group of rising sophomores and juniors all want to go to college, but only half feel confident that they know how to navigate the murky waters of the application and funding process. In a neighborhood where 20% of adults did not graduate high school, these youth are already doing better than the average: 50% of them have parents or grandparents with four-year degrees.During the school year, high school juniors and seniors tour local colleges on occasional Saturdays. Youth who are not enrolled in the C2C program are welcome to attend. Contact Donna Woodson by email or at 617-282-6110 ext. 25 to inquire about upcoming tours.