WELCOME TO "SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS" PROGRAM
Thank you for your interest in our program! Learn more about our goals, vision and opportunities to make an impact on the lives of students.
Whether you are a community member interested in volunteering or a student looking for services we are here to help you take the next step!
Welcome! The mission of the program is to bring a much needed service to our community as a result of this new reality of virtual learning we are encountering. We want to provide a connection to one-on-one tech and tutoring services with the goal of serving any student in Sonoma Valley that needs additional support in school. By providing this service virtually, we hope to overcome obstacles that may include;
Phase 2- Opening up the program:
After phase 1 of the pilot was complete, we slowly started taking on more students. These students were identified by partners as being high need students. The program is now open to any Elementary school in Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Being able to expand to the rest of the district allowed the program to support more students. Currently program is working with 9 students ranging from first to fifth grade.
July 10th, 2020
Launching the Summer Reading Program:
Realizing that on-going virtual support was needed but at the same time taking into consideration that students were on summer vacation we decided to launch the "Summer Reading Program." The goal is to be able to support students on a more short-term basis (for a month) with a focus on reading. Our current volunteers will be carefully matched, as they are in the regular program, to become reading buddies for the students. For this additional effort we began working more closely with the Sonoma County Library to help with the creation of online library cards and navigation of resources. We also partnered up with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. The district will support with the referral of students as well as support in outreach of the program.
July 24th, 2020
Phase 1-Pilot is Launched:
Our first pilot week started off with 5 volunteers and 5 pre-identified students. We encountered a couple of obstacles, including connection to parents and access to student email that we were able to overcome by developing procedures to address the barriers. After a span of two-weeks we were able to complete the period phase of the program.
June 1st, 2020
Call for Volunteers:
We send out the official call out for volunteers through personal contacts with different agencies and institutions as well as community members.
May 1st, 2020