A Final Blog – Group 2 (2009)

Conclusions

Comparing our neighborhoods, we were able to draw a couple of conclusions. First, we realized that many of these children come from low poverty areas, which can affect them in many ways. One way that they can be affected is by lowering their educational opportunities. Children growing up in these neighborhoods see crime, gang violence and drug dealing, and sooner or later they become immune to it. Once they become immune to these types of activities, they will soon forget about their education. Also, having to grow up in a neighborhood where the community doesn’t emphasize education advancements, it’s more likely for children to do poor in school.

When comparing out neighborhoods, we realize that each one has a couple of private/public schools and at least two tutoring/mentor programs. However, we recognize a difference between the numbers of schools within each neighborhood. For example, the Ukrainian Village, Albany Park, and Logan Square have many public schools compared to other neighborhoods. Yet, we should keep in mind that some of our neighborhoods are much bigger than others.

Towards the end of the research, we have become conscious of the fact that many of these neighborhoods are still in need of tutoring/mentor programs. Despite a school’s general academic standing, there will always be children that are in need of extra academic help. There will also always be children that need more positive reinforcement during their journey towards higher education. They should also understand that even though there are tutoring/mentor programs in their neighborhood, not every child has the chance to join, simply because tutoring/mentor programs have very few slots to offer.

Solutions

A way to also help these neighborhoods is by encouraging individuals to volunteer. By volunteering, they can help kids who need extra academic help and more positive influences. It is imperative for other students to volunteer to help other students. Despite all the negative statistics recently created about adolescents, there are still a large number of teenagers that can make a positive influence on another individual. These adolescents can work to help their less fortunate counterparts, who may not have had the same amount of positive reinforcement during their childhoods. Having a high number of volunteers, it not only informs children that they have someone to come to when they need assistance, but there is someone that cares about them and their education.

A bigger solution would be for corporations and the government to take a higher interest in these tutoring/mentor programs and donate. They should come to understand that tutoring/mentor programs are crucial to a productive learning environment. Tutoring/mentor programs are in need of funds every year, and it’s important they receive them in order to keep helping children. There is an increasing variety of negative influences that may affect a student’s ability to succeed in school. If children are unsuccessful with receiving an education, the future of the world will be greatly affected. This, in turn, will then affect the success of the government and multiple corporations. The children of today are the future, and everything should be done to help them succeed.

What about the future?

To the next group who will pick up where our class has left off, we suggest to do as much as you can with this assignment. Work together, and use each other’s strengths.  Come up with new ideas to inform the Chicago area of what being a “tutoring/mentor program” means. Clearly from our posts, we liked to post pictures. That was our way to make our posts more visually appealing. What we never did, but could have been persuasive, was profiling different students in individual tutoring/mentor programs. Sharing success stories of students who have attended or are currently in tutoring/mentor programs may have a bigger impact on the reader.

More importantly, understand the importance of tutoring/mentor programs. Know that what is commonly overlooked is the struggle of some students in relatively good schools. At any school, regardless of its academic profile, there will be a number of students that need additional academic help. Take note of the students you encounter at the individual programs you discover, and be aware of your own classmates in school. As in the case of some students at DePaul University, there are students that are in need of more help with academic work. Seeing this first hand in college and during high school, it is evident that tutoring programs are important.

Best of luck with continuing our work with this assignment. You may not realize this upon being assigned to work on this blog, but this project is a beautiful thing that will make a big impact on the Chicago area, and you’re prospective on tutoring/mentor programs.

Sincerely,

Group 2

Ana P., Arlene H., Jazmin S., Jessica N., and Raul O.
Explore Chicago 111, Growing Up in Chicago
Class of 2013

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