Riverside Educational Center

Riverside Educational Center provides structured after-school tutoring and educational enrichment to help students from age 6 to grade 12 grow both academically and personally. Your support of REC allows us to offer a broad array of experiences to support the students who need it most.

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High School Mentoring Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Statistics have shown that high school students are less likely to participate in after school programs for a variety of reasons. In an effort to not lose contact with our high school students that had been participating in the after school programming we added mentor/mentee matches for all of the high school students. We did this in collaboration with the Mesa County Partners Program. The mentor's goal is to encourage their student to work towards high school graduation and to consider continuing education, be it trade school or college. The mentor is a sounding board for their student, someone who is willing to listen without judgement. And, finally mentors broaden their mentee's world by introducing them to new experiences.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Enrichment - Spring

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Each Thursday night enrichment opportunities are provided for students K-8th grade. The fall is art and music,the spring focus is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We hire professional art, dance and music instructors and provide a Look What I Made event at the end of the semester. We also collaborated with Mesa County Libraries technology resources to produce student YouTube videos.

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Evidence of Program's Success

High level of interest, student attendance, and a positive response on student survey.

Enrichment - Fall

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Each Thursday night enrichment opportunities are provided for students K-8th grade. The fall is art and music, and the spring is science. We hire professional art, dance and music instructors and provide a Look What I Made event at the end of the semester.

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Evidence of Program's Success

High level of interest, good attendance, and positive comments on student surveys.

Summer Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The summer program provides services three days per week for four weeks during June. A variety of enrichment activities are provided. Collaboration with local organizations ensures students are able to participate in engaging activities, many of which are outdoor oriented. REC's high school students are hired to assist with the program, allowing them to be Youth Leaders in the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We serviced 25 students during the 2018 summer break. Students voluntarily sign up for the program and attend regularly which reflects their interest and enjoyment of the programming.

Elementary After School Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Students must qualify both academically and financially for programming. We have made exceptions for students with two or more identified risk factors.

Each academic year approximately 60 elementary students grades K-5th are served. Tutoring and extra-curricular services are provided for fourteen weeks both in the fall and spring; Monday-Wednesday from 4:15 to 6:30 for tutoring; Thursdays andor weekends for extra-curriculars. Tutoring services are provided by 60+ trained volunteer tutors.

At the beginning of each academic year, our Elementary Associate meets with each elementary student's teacher to gather information about the academic needs of each student. Follow-up meetings are scheduled as needed. Elementary students have individual folders and lesson plans prepared for each tutoring session. Lesson plans are based on testing data andor teacher recommendationsmaterials. Students also have a homework log which is a communication link between the classroom teachers, parents, and the staffvolunteers at Riverside.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We currently use the Reading A-Z Assessment tool to measure reading growth. Previously we were using the STARs Assessment tool. For the 2016-2017 academic year, 79% of tested students showed at least one year's reading growth.

We also utilize parent, teacher, staff, student, and volunteer surveys to determine program success.
2016-2017 Survey results:
Students:
Do you feel safe and supervised at REC? 97% yes
Do you think because you come to REC that your grades have improved? 95% yes
Did you like REC's enrichment program? 95% yes
Do you understand the behavior expectations at REC? 93% yes
Teachers:
Do you feel REC services positively impacted the academic performance of the participating student? 54% agree, 27% not observed, 18% disagree
Parents:
Do you feel your child is safe and supervised while at REC? 100% agree
Do you feel your child has shown academic growth because they were attending REC? 100% agree
Volunteers:
Do you believe students benefit academically from participating in the REC program? 88% agree, 12% don't know

Middle and High School After School Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Single Parents

Description

Students must qualify both academically and financially for programming. Some exceptions are made for students who have two or more other identified risk factors.

Each year approximately 30 students are served in each program. Tutoring and extra-curricular services are provided for sixteen weeks both in the fall and spring; Monday-Wednesday from 3:00-5:30 for tutoring; Thursdays andor weekends for extra-curriculars. Tutoring services are provided by trained volunteer tutors.

Secondary students have staff and tutors available to assist with homework. There is also a district-maintained computer lab for students to utilize for homework and for staff to offer assistance accessing and managing student progress via Mesa County School District 51's on-line access, Parent Bridge.

Thursday's extra-curricular programming offers students a wide variety of class options including, but not limited to, art, music, sports, health, and cooking. Some secondary student activities are off-campus exposing students to post-secondary education opportunities, service learning, and job seeking skills.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We use Parent, Teacher, Staff, Student, and Volunteer surveys to evaluate programming results. Our 2010-2017 survey results:
Students:
Do you feel safe and supervised at REC? 100% yes Do you think because you come to REC that your grades have improved? 100% yes
Do you understand the behavior expectations at REC? 96% yes

Tutors:
Do you believe students benefit academically from participating in the REC program? 100% agree

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