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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Momentum Tutoring will make it possible for all children, families, schools, and communities to receive the academic support they need in order to reach their true potential. PROVIDE "ON CAMPUS TUTORING" and "PAY WHAT YOU CAN SCHOLARSHIPS." Every student will have just what they need to succeed.

Results: We currently serve students from every Elementary School, Jr. HIgh School, and High School in Santee, PLUS several schools in nearby cities! We have been able to improve academic performance, boost student self-esteem, and reduce household stress since 2007.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50% of Momentum's clients participate in scholarship programs.

Geographic areas served: Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Poway, Alpine, San Diego

Programs: Private Tutoring Homework Clinics On Campus Tutoring Pay What You Can Scholarships

Community Stories

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Another year with Momentum Tutoring continiously supporting my son with homework and his studies in 4th grade, Thanks to Terri, Malorie and everyone at Momentum that makes that special effort every day to help individuals in strengthening their skills in order to better themselves. Momentum offers the ability for students to become more in tune with certain subjects that they may struggle with. This organization has made a huge difference for my son every school year for the last four years as he is now an A and B student/ The feeling of a group effort in accomplishing better grades and a feeling of self worth is exactly what Momentum stands for! We will count on Momentum in assisting us next year as well! Thanks Momentum for making the difference. Jennifer

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending Momentum Tutoring since the 1st grade. Colin is now a third grader and has made leaps and bounds with regard to his reading and math skills. We are so fortunate and thankful to have the support from Momentum which allows Colin to have the individual one on one time to allow him more thorough training in areas that require more attention than is allotted in the classroom. Thank you for making the difference for us Momentum!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had great experiences with Momentum Tutoring two years in a row! When my son was in 8th grade, there was an hour after school before I got off work to pick him up. Momentum had tutoring sessions available on school campus, and a senior in high school not only helped my son with his homework but also got him planning his high school career in order to get into a college he was interested in. The tutor went on to Cal Poly. The following year, as a Freshman in high school, my son fell behind in his honors algebra course. Momentum paired him up with a college student as his tutor and after one month he made a huge improvement. My son started tutoring with a D- in his algebra class and now has a high C. His algebra tutor makes the chore of homework & studying fun, and my son's whole attitude towards his math class has greatly improved. Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is currently being tutored by Jeremy for Math at Momentem Tutoring. We were extremely worried that John was going to get a D in Math. A D is not a passing grade at the school he attends so if he didn't get a C or better he would have to retake the class. So I began the search for help. I called and I called to find someone that was reasonable to help. I finally got a call from Terri and she had workable rates. John started with one day a week then moved to 2, 40 minute sessions a week. Lord what an improvement. He now has a B in math. My son says that Jeremy (his tutor) is a genious. My son is in high school so he does not participate in a lot of the programs that Momentem offers like the Friday sessions for the kids. I firmly believe that education is the key to a better future and no amount of money should be spared for a better future for a child. With the way things are in the schools now days with the budget cuts and everything else every community should have access to a program of this nature with maybe some funds being given so people less fortunate can participate also. I recommend Momentum Tutoring to anyone and everyone who needs a little extra help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Terri and Bianca are very dependable, consistent , and have given our daughter the skills she needs to ender Kindergarten! They are very accomodating and adaptable. Our daughter, (4 years old) loves going to tutoring and has gained valuable knowledge and confidence!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Momentum Tutoring! Terry, Mallory and Deena are wonderful and so very helpful with tutoring our boys. I would recommend these guys to anyone in need of a little assistance or a lot of help. Great people! Kelly Rocha

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to tell you the impact that Terri and her great staff have had on our lives. My niece (age 8) and two nephews (age 9 and 16) came to live with us after some family issues made it impossible for them to continue living with their parents. The last few years before they came to live with us their attendance at school was abysmal and this sadly affected their education. My niece was entering the 3rd grade when she began tutoring with Momentum. With the help of Terri and Michelle, we realized that 3rd grade just wasn't the right placement. They helped us make the transition back to 2nd grade and have been there every step of the way. When she began the school year she wasn't even reading at a 1st grade level and could not do simple math (2+3). She's now reading above the 2nd grade level and doing well in math and all of her other subjects. She's feeling confident in school and that I attribute to Terri and Michelle. My 9 year old nephew was in a similar situation. He'd missed at least 1/2 of the last two years of school. He was reading well below grade level and didn't know his multiplication tables although he was entering 4th grade. Terri and Jhann have surpassed our wildest dreams and brought him up to grade level and before 2nd semester started. My other nephew, who is a sophomore in high school, was struggling in all of his subjects and now is getting A's and B's. He could not have done this without Terri and Mallory. The most impressive thing about Momentum from my stand point is that the kids really like going! They are eager to go and happy about being there. That is half the battle. Thank you Terri, Michelle, Jhann and Mallory plus all the other staff! We could not have done it without each of you! JoAnn, mother of seven (37, 25, 25, 23, 16, 9, 8)

Client Served

Rating: 5

ANY PARENT CAN UNDERSTAND HOW UPSETTING IT IS TO SEE THEIR CHILD STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL&WANT TO HELP IN ANY WAY THEY CAN.MY SON BEGAN TO ATTEND MOMENTUM TOWARDS THE LAST 1/4 OF HIS 1ST GRADE YEAR BEING A FULL YEAR BEHIND IN HIS GRADE LEVEL.I WAS VERY WORRIED&AGONIZED OVER HIM CATCHING UP WITH HIS CLASS.HE WAS ALWAYS SAYING HE HATED SCHOOL&COULDN'T READ,DIDNT EVEN WANT TO TRY.TERRY WAS VERY ENCOURAGING THAT HE COULD IMPROVE THROUGH MOMENTUM.WHEN HE BEGAN 2ND GRADE,TESTING SHOWED THAT HE HAD PROGRESSED MORE THAN TWICE THE AVERAGE STUDENT OVER THE SUMMER.MY SON IS NOW SHOWING EFFORT IN HIS WORK&ACTUALLY EXCITED TO GO TO SCHOOL&TUTORING.WRITING THIS REVIEW ALMOST BRINGS TEARS TO THINK HOW MUCH HE HAS MATURED.ITS ALL VERY EXCITING! A VERY WORTHY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED INVESTMENT.MY DAUGHTER IS TOP OF HER CLASS IN 4TH GRADE&WE HAVE NEVER HAD A WORRY WITH HER.SHE NOW GOES TO MOMENTUM FOR "HOMEWORK CLINIC"JUST BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT&WHEN THEY COME HOME ALL THEIR WORK IS DONE WITH ALL THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEEDED.THANK YOU MOMENTUM(ESPECIALLY TERRY)FOR ALL YOUR PASSION&SKILLS IN HELPING OUR CHILDREN BE THEIR BEST!!CANT WAIT FOR MY KINDERGARTENER TO START WITH YOU GUYS NEXT YEAR IN 1ST GRADE:):)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Daughter is 7 years old, was struggling with reading when we decided to bring her to Momentum in December of 2010. Since this short period she has had a wonderful tutor!! Her tutor is very attentive to her needs, each day she will ask if there is more we can do. I feel even though I am not there tutoring her I feel very involved. Every time I come in to pick her up her tutor lets me know of her progress. My daughter isn't always super excited to go study but she definitely is excited to go to tutoring. Which is a good thing, she has shown great progress in her confidence level at school, great reports from her teacher and she is know reading in front of the class! Even though I know she still needs some more work, at least I know she's at the right place. Thanks Michelle and Momentum Tutoring:)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 12 year old was beginning to struggle in school and needed aditional help. We heard about Momentum and gave it a try. It's been a wonderful experience. Our sons tutor's have been matched to him perfectly. He went from being a "C" student to nothing lower then a "B" and has stayed up at that level. The staff at Momentum care about their students and believe me, our son has responded to that. Scheduling is flexible and the tutoring focus has always been based upon our sons needs, not some schedule. We highly recommend Momentum Tutoring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am absolutely in love with Momentum Tutoring. The close relationships I created with my supervisors, fellow volunteers, parents and students is incredible. I am extremely grateful to have had my first job there. It has given me many leadership opportunities which has helped me in college among other things. Just having this job has helped me gain confidence in anything and everything I do. I have gained responsibility and learned the meaning of respect, compassion, and hard work that has helped me in my college life, work life and personal life. I even learned patience which I never thought I could learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started using Momentum Tutoring when our youngest son was in 6th grade. We watched Chris struggle with math in the primary grades, but he was never eligible for help through the school district. Unfortunately, children have to fall at least two grade levels behind before they qualify for a resource specialist in the classroom. We had an I.E.P. from 3rd grade through 8th grade, but something was missing from his education plan. One day, the school librarian suggested I call Terri at Momentum Tutoring. She raved about this after school tutoring program. I thanked her and gave Terri a call. This is our 6th year with Momentum Tutoring. Our son is in his junior year in high school, and needs help with more advanced subjects such as Algebra II, Chemistry, and Spanish. Momentum's tutors provide excellent tutoring to all ages, from the primary grades through high school. The tutors are young, bright, enthusiastic, and caring. The tutors are able to connect with the children and teenagers in a way that a parent cannot, especially when it comes to helping with school work. The amazing thing about Momentum Tutoring is how affordable it is. Every child should have access to a private tutor when he needs it, and thanks to Momentum, that tutoring is accessible, affordable, and superior to any other learning centers out there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MOMENTUM TUTORING IS WONDERFUL. MY SON HAD TROUBLE WITH MATH IN THE 1ST GRADE. WE WOULD STRUGGLE WITH HIM TO DO IT, AND HE WOULD NOT LET US HELP HIM AND IT WOULD BE A BATTLE EVERY NIGHT. WE DECIDED TO GET HIM TUTORED AT MOMENTUM. HE IS NOW IN THE 3RD GRADE AND STILL GOING. HIS MATH HAS GREATLY IMPROVED. HE LOVES GOING THERE AND THEY WILL HELP HIM WITH ANYTHING. I HAVE NOTICE HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE HE HAS NOW AND
IS NOT BOTHERED BY HOMEWORK. THANK YOU MOMENTUM!!!! i

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been employed at momentum tutoring for the last five months and love seeing all the children learn. The students are always eager to come in and work on their daily homework. We have kids that struggle of course, but we are able to help them prosper academically. I'm always pleased when I see their new accomplishments. It reassures me that we, Momentum, do our job. The one thing I wouuld change about Momentum is getting more supplies so tutors can use new ways to teach their students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Job Momentum, We had our meeting with our son's IEP manager and teachers. He is now doing grade level work at A's & B's and his self-esteem is building! You have been a BIG part of the improvement and we want to Thank You! Without Momentum we would be lost.

Sandy F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Momentum!! This is definiteley a place geared toward student success!!! My daughters grades have improved and she has learned about time management, good study habits, and working first before play! Thank you!!

Jennifer S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A teacher of my daughter recommended Momentum when she was in 2nd grade. I gave it some consideration and decided not to. When my daughter was in 3rd grade and still struggling with school and homework, I reconsidered my decision and enrolled her. She has improved her grades and self-esteem with the improvement of her school work. She is excited when I pick her up because of all of her homework being done and being able to play and do what she likes to do when she gets home vice sitting and doing homework for the night. Momentum has made a positive difference in my daughter outlook at school.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scott has been in Momentum Tutoring off and on for over one year. His tutor speaks Spanish and is able to help him with his homework in both languages. We sent Scott to Momentum to help with his English reading. His English reading has improved greatly and he is up to grade level. He attends 2 private tutoring sessions a week and the fee is very reasonable. The reward system Momentum uses encourages him to do his best. I like the classroom setting at the headquarters in Santee, it's a relaxed atmosphere conducive to learning. The best part is Scott really enjoys going!

Kris Sarka
Parent to Scott 2nd Grade

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for momentum tutoring for almost three years now. I have enjoyed working with the students and helping them achieve their goals. I would say the most rewarding part of my job is seeing our students faces when they accomplish a school project and go around the center telling each tutor what they have done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with Momentum Tutoring. My son who is 16 really needed some help this year as a sophmore in high school. He likes going there to get help from his tutor. He has brought his grades up. Thank you Momentum for your help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began at Momentum as a volunteer and i have loved the experience. I love working with the kids and it is amazing to see the students improve their school work and attitudes. One of my students improved immensely and even received the student of the month award. That was great to see how Momentum has helped and made a difference in this child's life. Momentum is a great program and every tutor cares for each kid that comes. I love every aspect of working here.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a high school teacher at West Hills High School in Santee, I have observed the staff of Momentum do great things. Quite often, students struggle with the organization and discipline necessary to do homework and complete assignments. Since these factors are largely out of the teacher's control, Momentum steps in and provides structure beyond the classroom that is paramount to academic success. Quite a few of my students have made incredible turn-arounds as a result of Momentum's extra attention and high-quality staff. The change was both immediate and long-lasting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began volunteering at Momentum and enjoy all aspects of this great nonprofit. Before I worked here, I worked in retail where the entirety of the job consisted of folding clothes and competing with your coworkers for sales. I was pleasantly surprised when I came to know and understand that the small community of volunteers we have, are motivated to cooperate and make a difference in our community. Currently, I am I high school senior ready to attend a four year college, so becoming employed full-time was not appealing. Working at Momentum gives me the opportunity to effect the lives of our future, and do so on a scheduled that is flexible, and convenient for my teenage, scholarly lifestyle. Everyday I walk in the door, I am greeted not only by warm, smiling coworkers, but a comforting environment that undoubtedly fosters learning and a deep-rooted love for education. The most rewarding aspect of this job comes not from the relationships I have built, nor the friends I have made, but the look on a child's face when a concept they previously perceived as abstract, solidifies itself, and becomes pleasurable for the student to learn. At times, I will glance at the student doing their work, and hope that perhaps something -- anything I have said will impact or help that student in life; it is a unique experience and I thank Momentum Tutoring for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for Momentum for almost 5 years. I have enjoyed seeing kids succeed and get the help they need. Momentum has given me the experience I when I become a high school math teacher.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a tutor here at Momentum Tutoring and it is an amazing organization. I have seen how much kids are benefited from coming to tutoring. It is so exciting when a student comes in, excited about their grades! Working here is also a great opportunity and it allows me to balance my schoolwork and my job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a tutor for Momentum tutoring and can say that, through my observations, this center has been a great asset to many students in their studies. I have witnessed firsthand the awesome achievements and progress made by many different students of many academic levels. I am very proud to be able to work alongside a wonderful, supportive staff and help the many different students reach their goals. This has definitely been a wonderful experience for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Momentum has gave me the chance to explore different grades. It has been a great experience for a liberal studies major. They truly care for their clients and I' m proud to volunteer for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Momentum Tutoring has a level of care and dedication that amaze me. I currently work for Momentum Tutoring and can not believe how excited the students are to come in and learn. Terry takes the time to personally match students to tutors and it really shows. The students learn and grow with each session and it is really a special experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for Momentum since 2007 on and off. I can honestly say that there is no better Tutoting Center than Momentum. It is made up of awesome staff, awesome students and supportive parents. I have had the honor of working with Terri whom gives off her fun spirit and passion for the students success to her employees. When I first started working for Momentum I wasn't sure what I was going to do career wise but after a few months I figured out I wanted to be a teacher. Momentum opened my heart and passion for wanting to help students succeed. Momentum has provided me with a flexible job where I can work hours outside of school. Everyday is something new and I know that as excited as I am to go to work our kids are excited as well to go to tutoring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a tutor at Momentum for about three years now and can't even begin to describe the affect it has had on my life and others. I couldn't imagine ever walking away from this organization, my students, and my fellow tutors; they are all like family. Momentum has helped me find my path and discover my passion for helping others. I have seen students walk into our main center hopeless, on the brink of failing and I have seen them walk out smiling, waving around A papers and tests. It is the students that drive Momentum: their energy, their efforts, their determination and dedication. Momentum Tutoring was Terri's dream and through her efforts she has fulfilled the dreams of hundreds of students and their families. Anyone who has gotten a chance to be a part of this organization can vouch for that!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Momentum, I can fully attest to the fact that this nonprofit organization has helped so many students with a multitude of obstacles. A warm and welcoming working environment, Momentum gives children the opportunity to work and ask questions in a comfortable manner. And the whole experience is not just enriching for the kids. I know from my experience here that all the tutors enjoy working with the kids and helping them achieve their everyday and long term goals. And of course, Mrs. Bozhor is an amazing leader and example for everyone at Momentum!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer at Momentum, and witness first hand the academic growth of our clients. This program offers services to a large variety of ages; each tutor able to adjust his or her skills to best suit the student. Personally, I enjoy providing my knowledge and study techniques to children who are enrolled at the same elementary school I once went to. Students arrive to Momentum eager to learn and improve their grades. Furthermore, Momentum has given myself the opportunity to gain experience in a field wish to enter as a career choice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working at Momentum for the past three years and it has taught me just as much as we teach the kids here. We can help them academically, but I have grown so much since I started here as a volunteer in eleventh grade. I have learned the importance of dedication and hard work, as well as how to be more creative and think quick on my feet. As great as this has been for my growth, I cannot say enough how great our kids are. They all have their own unique personalities and I love connecting with each and every one of them. This past school year especially, I have got the chance to get to know just about every child in this center and I am so lucky to know them all! Seeing them grow and change is such a great feeling and it is even more rewarding to see them grow more confident in themselves and their abilities. Momentum really works for the community and I hope we can have a chance to share it with everyone!

John S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is difficult to find a good tutor, let alone a good affordable one. What Terry has done with the MomentunTutoring Center is incredibable. More inportantly, is the confidence her and the Tutors instill in each and every child. My child was on the verge of failing 1st grade. My wife and I would spend 2 to 3 hours per night trying to help her, but our efforts were not paying off. Thats when we found Terry. She got to know our daughter and paired her with the perfect tutor. My daughter is now in 3rd grade, and she is getting A's and B's. We have since enrolled our other daughter, who is now one B away from straight A's. I can not say enough about all the staff at Momentum Tutoring.

Rachel B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe the way that I feel towards the staff at Momentum for helping my daughter. The dedication and care that has been shown throughout the years has far exceeded any expectation I could have had. Teri and the tutors have truly become a part of our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Momentum has been a wonderful part of my son's life. My son has severe dislexia and with the dedication of Momentum and his tutor my son is now excited about reading! My son who is currently in 3rd grade went from reading beneath kindergarden level to almost a 2nd grade level. I am very thankful for Momentum's encouragement and help and love watching the growth, confidence and opportunities they have given my child.