I'm a lead teen volunteer tutor at Next Generation Focus and have been, every Tuesday and Saturday for almost two years now. We tutor in math, reading and music. I rarely miss a day and I don't do it for any sort of school credit or to look good for college, but to help the kids. Over the past two years, I've developed a bond with every single one of my students. Most of them are beautiful children going through difficult times both in school and at home. I'm glad to be the one to help them through it. Watching their scores rise has made me look up to them almost as much as they look up to me. It feels so wonderful to help the community, especially the "Next Generation."
NGF has been a partner with our church for almost a year. We have been able to watch as the effort to help children catch a picture of hope has grown from a few kids to a bustling lobby of activity, as parents pick-up and drop-off their children. Saturday's have become special.
NGF has volunteers who are committed to one central idea of helping children in their school work and life. They have caught the NGF vision! These incredible people work a full time job and then give up their Saturday!
NGF leadership has done an excellent job of communicating and living out the vision for helping children. That leadership, along with the outstanding volunteers, means that children in our area will have a chance to experience lives of hope for years to come.
"Attempt something so great that it is doomed to failure lest God be in it" That's something my pastor frequently says to inspire us. NGF is an example of attempting something so great that it is doomed to failure unless the COMMUNITY be in it. We've been fortunate to have so many people help to make NGF a success, from our volunteers (teachers, staff, and teen tutors) to our business sponsors to our individual patrons. It's heart-warming to meet so many caring people within our community. And nothing is better than making a difference in the lives of children! Our SmarterMe programs are making measurable improvements in children's academic progress.
I have had the privilege of volunteering for NGF for over two years. As a teacher who has been in the teaching profession for five years, I am amazed at the results that this organization achieves by just meeting one time a week with students. I have been volunteering with NGF from the very start of this program. First hand, I have seen the wonderful changes that this program has made in the lives of students both academically as well as socially. For example, I have had many students who enter the program as struggling, unconfident, shy students and within a year of being in the program they flourish academically in the classroom and radiate with confidence.
There are not enough positive words to say about this program. Speaking from the point of view of a teacher in Forsyth County, we are so blessed to have a program that is helping our students master the state standards. This program’s small group, leveled approach in my opinion has helped many struggling students improve greatly on the reading and math CRCT tests.
Next Generation Focus is a non-profit organization created simply from the love and concern of children in need. It is operated and supported by individuals with charitable hearts whose only focus is to meet the needs of children in the community. The recognition of children in need brought about the vision of also helping parents in need who could then, in turn, better support the children from the home base. Not only are the children who are served given the opportunity to be successful, they are also taught the value of teaching and helping others become the best they can be and thus make a lasting contribution to future generations.
It is an honor to be a part of an organization that provides specialized tutoring to children that need that extra boost to succeed in school. Often all that is needed is to give students confidence and learning tools to use in challenging situations. The program is designed to follow the state standards and county objectives while addressing individual needs. I am very impressed with our teen volunteers that give of their time and talents. This program is also a valuable avenue to discover if teaching is the profession that you have been considering. The program is based on building relationships that reap lifetime rewards. The best part of the program is seeing a child smile when you tell them that they are great readers!
I have been volunteering with Next Generation Focus for almost 2 years. In that time I have seen many children helped by the program. The teachers/teen mentors are exceptional and the teen tutors are quite impressive as well. All of the staff and volunteers I have worked with are very caring individuals who are giving up their time to help others.