On 09/14/09 was our orientation where I was assigned to tutor kids every Monday and Wednesday at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center. Since we were late on our first day, we had only ten minutes for the orientation. Briana and Janice were in charge of the Grant Street Neighborhood Center. They explained the rules and told us that we will be tutoring kids who are nine to nineteen years of age. This kind of shocked all of us because we all thought that we will be tutoring kids, who are in the elementary and middle schools.
09/16/09. Because we were late at our first day, we did not have much time to take a tour around the neighborhood center, so our supervisors thought that it will be beneficial, if we took a tour around the neighborhood. Most of the kids were surprised by the west side. The neighborhood did not seem to shock me because I went to Grover Cleveland high school, and I am quite familiar with the Grant Street and with the West side. After the tour, our supervisor introduced us to some kids, who came while we were on the tour, but unfortunately they did not need tutoring because they did not have any homework. They were there to use the computers.
09/21/09. The second week we were assigned to make flyers for the neighborhood center where we had to introduce the center and after school program. At first we thought it will not take that much time to make the flyers, but we did not know that we had to use Windows 98 and dial-up. It took us two hours to make finally a flyer, and we did not even get a chance to interact with kids.
As we arrived at the center on 09/23/09 there was a kid, who had science homework and being the only one with Biology major, I got to help him. I tried to make him feel comfortable; I asked him questions about the class work and previous materials to find out, if he had any more questions besides homework questions that he feels confused or lost.
09/28/09. It was our third week of going to the Grant St. Neighborhood Center. Our biggest problem was that kids were coming there only to use computers. I suggested that we should get the contact information of kids and talk to their parents about the program, so this way the after school program could have more structure and be more stable. But our supervisor, Briana did not like the idea of keeping the parents involved. Since she did not like my idea, one of the Daemen College students suggested that we should organize a college fair. We all agreed that this was a good idea because this could help brings more juniors and seniors to the center. The other idea that was suggested was to paint the neighborhood center, since it was in the bad shape, we thought maybe that might be one reason kids were not coming for homework help. Our supervisor told us the first thing we have to do was to find the email addresses of all colleges around the area and email them from her name. It shocked me; I did not understand why we, the student, the helpers, should write an email...