R.E.A.D. Program
Rapha Education and Development Program

Mission Statement
Recognizing the vital importance of promoting academic excellence among the students within the Rapha membership base as well as in the community at large. The mission of the R.E.A.D. Program is to provide homework and tutorial assistance, recreational activities and career-related enrichment opportunities for young people in the Windsor area.

Program Objectives
  • To improve academic performance levels of students by a full letter grade or grade point for participants performing at or below standard as measured by school report cards/transcripts;
  • To ensure consistency in focus and motivation of participants to set and pursue career goals;
  • To encourage involvement in constructive extra-curricular activities and volunteerism in various community organizations;
  • To create opportunities for social interaction in fun, positive learning environments


Services
  • Weekly Homework Assistance Program: The program operates each Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Community Development Wing and is open to students who register to obtain assistance with homework and supplemental tutorial support in subject areas of noted weakness;
  • Promoting parental interest and participation in an orientation to encourage parents to take an active interest in the student's academic coursework, scholastic achievement and career aspirations;
  • Recognizing and rewarding significant improvement in student performance after continued use of the services offered;
  • Integrating social orientation by scheduling educational or otherwise constructive outings for registered participants;
  • Providing scholarship search assistance for students preparing for post-secondary study to inform and advise regarding scholarship opportunities they may be eligible to apply for and assisting with applications;
  • Establishing volunteer placements by liaising with relevant community organizations on behalf of students who have expressed an interest in volunteering some of their spare time;
  • Career development: promoting access to professionals in careers of interest to students to facilitate career-day shadowing and mentorship opportunities;
  • Information accessibility: to provide suggestions and information to program participants and parents on additional academic related services available within the larger community of Windsor-Essex County;
  • Spelling Bee Competition: An annual event geared at promoting literacy through fun, friendly, constructive competition for all ages.


Synopsis
The pilot program was officially launched in February of 2008. Currently, the program consists of participants ranging from pre-school to college and at this time is only offered to Students who are/whose parents are members of the church. The success of the program is measurable by various reports from several students of improvements in their class work as seen by {their higher grades.} (marked increase in their grades)

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