When it comes to student success, sometimes something as simple as a caring conversation with an adult can make a huge difference.
Recently, more than 50 volunteers met with students in our On Track 4 Success schools for one-on-one conversations in which they discussed students’ progress and challenges they faced that affected their grades.
The Student Progress Conversations were a great experience for our volunteers. Even better, we recently followed up with the students, who told us that the meetings helped them tackle attendance, behavior and coursework issues—the A, B, Cs of the On Track 4 Success program—with strong successes.
Here’s what a few of them had to say about how the conversations helped them:
“I started focusing more on what we were learning. I was more confident, because they [the volunteers] were really nice. Finally, I made sure to complete my assignments.”
“After the conversation, I paid attention more, I did my work, and I know what to do now when I get fidgety.”
“My language arts grade has gone up, and I am doing better in science.”
“I turned in my work and I did less talking.”
“In math class, my grade went from 55% all the way to 74%. I think it also helped me with my language arts class, because I wasn’t turning my homework in. My grade [in that class] was 41% and went all the way to 87%.”
“I improved my attendance, and because of that I have improved my grade.”
Would you like to be a part of student success like this? We’re seeking a diverse group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to talk with area students about their third-quarter academic progress and their school experiences in general.
You’ll talk with students about their successes and challenges, celebrate their accomplishments and encourage them to finish the school year strong.
Each volunteer will meet with several students, and a half-hour training session will be held at the beginning of your selected session.
Please visit our sign up page to select a time slot at one of our participating schools.
Thank you for your interest in helping kids stay on track for a brighter future!
For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County, Maryland.
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