Hey everyone, my name is Sohil Ardeshna and I am a senior at Rutgers and president of Youth Empowerment Club. I have volunteered with YES for the past three years and I can honestly say that tutoring for A2E has been my favorite college experience. The elementary school kids at Roosevelt are so incredibly talented and are some of the most hard-working students that I have ever met. My favorite part of tutoring for A2E is knowing that I am making a real difference in the lives of these students. By tracking developmental reading scores these past few years, we have found that A2E is helping students learn and improve at a faster rate. As we all know, when students receive a strong education, it sets them up to succeed for the rest of their lives. I am passionate about A2E because this program is specifically designed to help students develop important academic skills. By providing individualized tutoring that targets each student’s unique weaknesses, we are able to help students grow as readers and writers.
As president of Youth Empowerment Club, I work with a great team of other Rutgers students who are highly motivated to give back to New Brunswick. Collectively, our club members help facilitate the program by performing tasks such as developing the curriculum, fundraising for supplies, and recruiting volunteers. We are constantly brainstorming new ways to improve A2E so that we can maximize our impact in the New Brunswick community. Our ultimate goal is to develop other initiatives in the community so that we can continue serving and helping the youth in New Brunswick.