When I first met Fany she was a precocious second grader and a member of our Community After School Tutoring (CAST) program. Fany’s mom enrolled her in our program when, as a native Spanish speaker, she felt unable to assist her daughter who was struggling with her Language Arts homework. Fany was a consistent attendee of CAST until the end of 6th grade. She was always friendly and outgoing and thrived in the individual/small group tutoring environment that we provide. In addition to the excellent academic support that Fany received, she also formed strong relationships with many of her tutors, who were very influential to her in providing healthy living and general well-being advice. Fany also participated in a girl’s youth Bible study that YES offered. This wide range of support for Fany helped to nurture her intrinsic motivation in learning and she flourished as a high performing student.
I recently asked Fany how YES helped her. She said YES pushed her to academic success by assisting with her literacy, especially in forming good reading and writing habits. Thanks to the skills she developed at YES, this year in her 9th grade Honors English class Fany was able to finish a 400-page book in a week, analyze it, write a paper, and begin a new book the following week.
Fany is currently enrolled in the highly-competitive Upward Bound Math & Science pre-college program and also shares her own moving spoken word pieces at her local church. Fany aspires to be a Physician’s Assistant or an Obstetrician and I am so excited to see her achieve this dream.