North Hills Church of Taylors and the Come Out Stronger program, an educational initiative focused on tutoring minority and low-income students struggling with academics, has partnered with financial business World Finance to sponsor an educational pod, which may support up to 24 children.
The facility is available to minority and low-income youth as well as children of teachers and those who live in single-parent households.
“The opportunity for all kids to have access to a great education is deeply personal to me,” said World Finance CEO Chad Prashad. “These especially challenging times have created a need in our community that World Finance is eager to help fill. We recognize how important a good education is to a child’s success and future employability. Thanks to the Come Out Stronger program, these kids will be right on track.”
The pod is open five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to noon throughout the academic year and is staffed with qualified educators and volunteers to offer hands-on assistance with lessons and guide participants through eLearning platform navigation. The children will also have access to recreational activities throughout the day such as outdoor time, sports and games, and each participant will follow COVID-19 protocols recommended by the CDC.
“Our dream is to decrease the education gap by taking children at the greatest risk for negative impact and empowering them to get ahead,” Come Out Stronger program coordinator Allan Sherer said. “We are incredibly grateful for all of our sponsors and volunteers who have made this a reality. It is such a privilege to watch the kids flourish in this environment and to know the impact this is going to have on their long-term success.”
To date, the Come Out Stronger program has served more than 200 children with each student taking ownership of their remote learning curriculums while instructors have introduced remedial learning to give extra attention to each student’s core competencies in areas such as literacy and numeracy.
In addition to the North Hills Church pod, there are nine other education pods around Greenville, and most have implemented a food program to further support the students and their families. These other pods are sponsored by Greenville-area businesses such as the Spinx Company as well as the CHAM Innovation Fund, which is a charitable foundation created by Chad and Pam Prashad to help fund nonprofits that are doing good, scalable and impactful work in the community.
Find out more at http://comeoutstronger.org/.