Mission: Grace place puts faith into action by providing pathways out of poverty by educating at-risk children and impoverished families through a neighborhood center teaching literacy, language and life skills in the golden gate city (collier county, fl).
Programs: Bright beginnings - 152 mothers and 172 small children attended the bright beginnings program. Bright beginnings classes teach mothers how to enhance their child's early learning experiences and lay the groundwork for optimal development and school readiness skills. Classes focus on providing a language-rich early childhood environment, engaging and interactive learning, brain development, social skills, and pre-literacy skills. Bright beginnings builds a support group for the mothers, reinforcing lessons learned which contributes to lasting changes in the lives of the mothers, the children, and the whole family by addressing the education of the mother as teacher, we are able to effectively impact the whole family as behaviors are changed in the home.
school age programs - 234 students (elementary, middle, and high school) attend our after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer day camp, and youth development programs. School age programs are a core part of our mission to prepare disadvantaged children for success in college, careers, and life. Elementary students meet on site for tutoring, reading, academic enhancement, mentoring, and specialized learning activities. Our middle school program meets at the neighborhood public school and includes career exploration with many guest speakers and field trips. Mentoring, short-term classes in college prep and achieving goals, and internship programs for high school and college students are part of our cradle to college to career supports. Summer day camp is an essential component in preventing academic regreesion that occurs for low-income children over the summer months.
adult literacy - 160 adults are enrolled in adult english as a second language (esl), proving one-on-one or small-group english speaking and literacy lessons. Adults who improve their english are able to improve their employment, provide for their families, and get involved in their children's school activities and the community at large.
Located in the heart of Golden Gate City, Grace Provides a safe haven for children and families
I have been an after school Volunteer for the past 8 years. I have worked with children from the
4th & 5th grades, helping them with their homework, reading, math and thier social skills. I have
watched children learn to play and work together in harmony. I have seen there test scores go from
barely passsing to getting A's. It is so heart warming to see a child get off the bus and to run to get
in line to be first to his/her classroom. I give of my time and get so much more back. I have several
pieces of art work that the children have drawn and colored to give to me to thank me for being
there for them. Wether you can give one hour or several hours a week it is well worth your time.