C4C partners with schools in low income communities and nearby institutions of higher education to provide high-quality after school experiences for at-risk youth. Our data driven after school model helps high-risk middle school students become more engaged in school, improve academic performance and develop critical social emotional competencies including teamwork, problem solving and self-regulation skills. We serve students struggling in English/Language Arts (ELA) and/or Mathematics – major indicators of students at a high risk of failing to graduate high school.
Our multi-tiered mentoring model helps students overcome the barriers caused by the 6,000 hour Learning Gap. We utilize local college students to become mentors to high school students, who then serve as a mentor and coach to our at-risk middle school students. Teachers at the middle school have told us that they have been amazed by the attitude and impact of the high school students. Students who they knew as struggling and disengaged middle school students are now positive role models, committed to helping the younger students and improving their own skills. In addition, C4C builds and expands pathways from low income communities to higher education.