Bright Horizons For All (BHFA)

We have expanded academic mentorship programs (student peer tutoring) throughout schools in California.

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  • Education

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

October 10th, 2003

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Ashley Leaman- phone number:(916) 251-6006 mailing address: 3301 Taylor Rd, Loomis, CA 95650 Dane Guthner- phone number: (917) 983-6281 mailing address: 3301 Taylor Rd, Loomis, CA 95650

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website: https://www.brighthorizonsforall.org/

Date You Started Your Project Started

March 25th, 2019

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Our program introduces and matches student tutors with students who are in need of extra help in a subject. Our High School has a long tradition of cooperation and service and our program extends the tradition. It provides the mentoring students an opportunity for service while providing the mentees peer level help from students who understand the material. The other benefit is that it promotes an inclusive atmosphere between mentors and mentees.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We have a program called Academic Mentoring at our high school which gives students an opportunity to take time out of their own lunch to mentor students through classes they are struggling in. This is very different than traditional programs which do not involve students but rather have students visiting teachers during planning periods or after school to get the help they need. Our program, which involves student to student interaction, has shown great success in helping struggling students achieve higher understanding in subjects, as well as improving inclusion and interaction between all students. Our goal of this project is to take this great program and improve the awareness of it so that other schools can implement this unique program. We plan on doing this via social networking and utilizing established communication protocols between schools such as conferences.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We started this project because this program has shown great success at Del Oro and we wanted to increase its awareness, as well as improve upon the program itself. As mentors, we also enjoy great personal enrichment from the program as mentors are chosen by teachers who recognize high achievement and students who have the ability to communicate well. The benefit for mentors is great personal satisfaction from helping others achieve a higher understanding.The benefit for Menees is improved understanding and comprehension in a subject and better grades.We also see the benefit of improved interaction between all students by promoting an atmosphere of inclusion and a desire for all students to graduate from Del Oro with lifelong knowledge.This aligns with the goals of the teachers and also frees their time to focus on the benefit of all students. We want other schools to see these benefits.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Students who are looking to implement our program at their school, can go to our website and click a button called “get involved.” This page guides them to sign our pledge to request that our program is implemented in their school day. Additional information is provided on the website to help answer questions as well as provide simple to follow information to ensure that signing up and getting the help they are seeking is very easy to do. We were heavily involved in designing this website as we had a student perspective to help ensure ease of use and greater accessibility for the potential mentees. We wanted to ensure that those seeking help could get that help easily.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our program is different in that we mentors are voluntary, and is offered to students during a planning period during the middle of the school day when no classes are in session. Traditional help is provided by teachers during planning periods or after school. Also, after school tutoring is used. Students only join if they want and they are not obligated to continue if they do not enjoy it. Through our involvement in running the program, we were able to remove this additional burden from the teachers and staff.The aspect of inclusion has improved interaction between all students at the school.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Participation rates at Del Oro are in the 45% range across the school for students seeking help on subjects. While we have not compared this to other schools who implement traditional programs where students seek help directly from teachers, we feel that our participation rate is significantly higher than in those schools. Furthermore, we have seen achievement improve as in 2014, 11% of students were failing classes, in 2018, that number had decreased to 8%. Failing a class is very demoralizing for students and increases the wedge between higher and lower-achieving students. By reducing the failure rate, we improve the overall comradery of the school. Also, since athletics participation is dependent upon passage of classes, we have more students eligible for sports and extra-curricular participation.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Our goal for this program is to expand it to other schools both locally as well as nationally. We want to make other schools aware of the benefits of academic achievement, reduced workload on teachers, improved satisfaction for students, increased extra-curricular opportunities and the satisfaction for both mentors and mentees in seeing improved results, so that other schools will look at our program and implement it at their school. Our goal will be met when we see other schools contacting us to see how the program works and how they can implement it, not to mention the feedback from schools that have implemented it. We feel that this is a model program for the future and want the benefits to extend to as many schools as possible.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • No, I do not identify with an underrepresented community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • Word of mouth

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 100%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

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3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

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4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

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5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

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This organization is truly bringing good to schools across America!

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I agree. I am a 4th-grade teacher, but my daughter is in high school. I have seen how much this program has benefitted so many students. This is something I am going to work hard to get to my school as well.

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