Boys of color to receive free STEM and literacy tutoring


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By: Norman Dotson Jr./ BNC Digital Media Producer

For millions of students around the world school may be out but class is still in session. With education moving onto the digital platform, educational leaders are their doing their best to ensure that black boys do not get left behind.

The Sims-Fayola Foundation recently announced that they are partnering with FYR is LIT (Fueling Youth Reading is Leaders in Training) to provide online tutoring services for young men and boys anywhere in the country whose literacy development has been impacted by school closures or e-learning due to COVID-19.

Individual tutoring sessions led by LIT Tutors can be tailored to the students’ literacy and reading needs based on their intake assessment conducted by, Dr. Leslie Hamdorf and Orton Gillingham.

Tutoring sessions will last for 40 minutes and will connect the LIT Tutor and the students through the video conferencing application, Zoom.

The Orton Gillingham approach is both diagnostic and prescriptive, so the format of the session will be as follows: letter annunciation and phoneme awareness, spelling rules, writing practice, and read aloud.

The Denver-based nonprofit, Sims-Fayola Foundation, is dedicated to a mission to improve the life outcomes of young men and boys of color and to increase the capacity of those who work with them. The program seeks to empower young men to continue their learning and be introduced to STEM.

Tutoring Step-by-Step Sign-Up Process:
Step 1: Submit an inquiry by emailing us using the button below.
Step 2: Virtual intake assessment conducted by Dr. Hamdorf. This assessment lasts between 25-45 minutes.
Step 3: Match student with a LIT Tutor and agreement for the number of sessions decided.
Step 4: Begin online tutoring sessions with LIT Tutor.

If you are interested in literacy tutoring for a young man you know, click here to send an email request to the Sims-Fayola Foundation.