I have been a tutor for 10 years, and this is one of the most satisfying things I do.
I am in my third year of tutoring, and have "specialized" in teaching 4th graders, so that next year, I can teach these same kids as fifth graders, to preserve continuity in their educational process. It is so rewarding when you see the light bulb come on as they grasp how or why a problem gets solved through an action that you taught them. Plus they share a common goal in learning, that they do together, which fosters team building skills, cooperation, and communications. New Horizons took a basic concept of helping a few kids that needed help, and have expanded it to cover the whole gamut from K through twelve for over 440 kids a year! Thank you Ellen and Debra for your ceaseless efforts in helping all these kids!
I began working with New Horizons last year, volunteering as a tutor to fourth and fifth graders. These children are so wonderful, but are starting out behind in school, because they come from non-English speaking homes, with little support for their school work. New Horizons not only gives them the extra help they need, but provides them with access to caring and supportive adults, from whom they can learn to be successful and contributing members of society.
The staff are wonderful. This organization is so well managed, taking a thoughtful approach to growth, despite an overwhelming need, so they can create sustained, long-term success.
Thanks to New Horizons, children who otherwise would have been left behind are now able to flourish. This is truly a case of saving the world, one child at a time.
I love volunteering with New Horizons! The staff is great to work with, so organized and caring. The kids are honestly grateful to have us there to help them with their homework every day because they couldn't do it alone at home. They tell me about things going on in their life. Such a fulfilling experience. We are all so fortunate to have a place like New Horizons.
This organization is one of the best I have ever seen at instilling faith-based values in young children as well as giving them a hands up through tutoring. I hope they continue to grow so that they can help more and more children!
I love this organization! I love supporting them both personally by volunteering every week and enlisting the support of friends and financially through donations and supporting their annual luncheons. I have watched the children grow and prosper under their leadership. I think they set themselves apart by their faith-based approach to tutoring and mentoring the kids and teens. Thanks to all who are involved in this effort!
I just want to say thank New Horizons from the bottom of my heart for the help my students have been getting this year! As I prepare report cards and look at end of quarter data, there has been a significant increase in both reading and math grades and test scores– representing an average 7 month increase in the 2.5 months since the quarter began in late January!
The students are also demonstrating more personal responsibility and self-confidence. I cannot thank you enough for offering such an outstanding program to our students.
I started as a tutor and loved the work. The kids we work with are like little sponges. The look on their faces as they learn something new brings tears to your eyes. I am no longer able to do the tutoring. The wonderful staff found a new place for me in their office. I know what I am doing supports a terrific program , I feel very Blessed.
For me one of the approaches that sets New Horizons apart from some of the other after school mentoring and tutoring programs, is the nondenominational faith building component. From my perspective, it provides the hope and the moral compass that so many of these children need to be able to break the generational cycle of poverty they find themselves in. Unfortunately, public school systems today are not able to provide this important character building component of their development. I see the "hope" on their faces every day I tutor~
It is unfortunate that an organization with so many good attributes feels it needs to push so called 'Christian values' on young people as part of it's program. Why can it not embrace everyone unconditionally?
Great organizaton doing awesome things for the community and future generations!