The IRC is proud to announce that 120 participants in the Students Plus After School program graduated from high school on a recent Friday evening. 3 of the 4 valedictorians were Students Plus participants.
Graduating from high school is quite an accomplishment for refugee students who missed part or all of their primary education due to civil war or years in refugee camps. Arriving in the United States as teens means that in a few short years, they must master English and catch up with their peers in a range of academic subjects.
The IRC Students Plus Program provide a safe place after school where caring and consistent adults are available to help with homework, answer questions about the school day, and offer encouragement. Over 120 students per day attend this voluntary program. In addition to receiving English and homework tutoring, students are also involved in sports, music, art, gardening, and leadership training, and go on weekend field trips
The goals of the program are to
- improve student language acquisition
- provide a sense of belonging
- improve student performance on standardized exams
- improve student grades
- advocate on the students' behalf