In the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor, at least one parent is employed in about 90% of families with children. Childcare is a major issue for many parents, particularly families with teenagers who are too old for daycare. Club Christ Ministries in Las Vegas seeks to ease that burden for families by opening their doors to give young people a place to go after school. They refer to their staff as “second shift” educators who teach and mentor urban youth.
Club Christ began over twelve years ago, in the heart of one of the toughest neighborhoods in North Las Vegas. They meet based out of apartment complexes to make their programs accessible to at-risk youth. They seek to keep students academically engaged, involved in Bible study, and connected with positive adult role models. Each child receives a personal learning plan and takes part in innovative assessments. And they’re effective. Students who attend Club Christ’s tutoring and mentoring programs typically see up to two times more growth in their reading scores than their peers.
Angela Cho, Program Director, first met thinkLaw Founder and CEO Colin Seale, a fellow Teach for America Alumni, while she was a special education teacher at Mojave High School in Las Vegas. As Angela transitioned from her position as a classroom teacher to her role at Club Christ she decided to bring thinkLaw’s critical thinking curriculum with her! Club Christ incorporates thinkLaw’s lessons and materials into their after school program because they recognize the value in providing high-quality critical-thinking instruction to all learners. Angela said,”Developing critical thinking skills is so important to the work we do. Students who have the ability to analyze and approach problems from multiple perspectives are going to be more successful in and out of school.”
Colin said, “Angela recognizes that students need support in areas that extend past the classroom. More than just tutoring. She’s doing a great job of helping kids improve their reading and academics and I’m thankful that we can be a part of that.”
To learn more about the work of Club Christ check out their website.
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