YMCA Community Literacy
Unlock the power of literacy
YMCA Community Literacy is committed to nurturing the potential of everyone in our community, especially those who struggle with reading, writing, and English language skills. Y Literacy provides supportive and enriching experiences for the youth and adults in our programs. The volunteer tutors we match with our students are positive role models determined to help their students grow. We are very proud of our programs and appreciate those who support us. For more information contact Y Literacy at 314.776.7102.
Inspiring Youth, Training Future Scientists
Thanks to grants from Monsanto, Express Scripts and the Stupp Foundation, youth are learning to love math and science at the Y.
This year, Y Literacy enhanced the Learning Labs and Science Gone Mad programs to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Two Learning Labs upgraded technology to be able to video chat. Science Gone Mad updated their units and added new middle school sites. Together the programs helped almost 350 students improve their academic skills in 2013.
Highlights from these programs include an amusement park building contest that culminated in a physics field trip to Six Flags, robot basketball, and a life sciences unit that put students in the role of public health officials. Y Literacy is proud to have a wonderful group of instructors that include an engineer, robotics judge, science teachers, and a chemist. We also are excited to have the support of Washington University Campus YMCA volunteers. Staff enjoyed some fabulous professional development over the summer presented by Washington University and Ranken Technical College. They also participated in planning for the STEM Teacher Quality Institute hosted by a St. Louis STEM Partnership (find out more at STEMpact.org).
Results from these programs are impressive. In the first semester, middle school students showed an average growth between 71 and 89% in their math and science skills!
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