02 April 2014

America Reads 2013-2014 Blog Post #6

  

ATTN: America Reads Tutors

“The Thayne Center envisions a world in which people’s basic needs are met and in which the values of equality and social justice are realized. We believe institutions of higher education have a responsibility to cultivate an engaged citizenry. We are therefore dedicated to empowering our students and faculty to realize they have the knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community.”

“To this end, the mission of the Thayne Center is to establish capacity-building relationships with community organizations, facilitate service-learning development opportunities for faculty, and coordinate service leadership programs for students who are out to change the world. “

Read the Thayne Center’s Vision and Mission statements again. How do you as an America Reads tutor help to fulfill our vision and mission?


43 comments:

  1. As an America Reads tutor not only are we working daily in the schools with the children, but we are also making an impact in these children's lives that they will carry with them in the future~ DB

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    1. Definitely, we are helping these children prepare for their future in the long run. It's a great opportunity and makes our jobs a lot meaningful when we are making a different in the lives of other people, especially children.
      S.T

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    2. Certainly you are totally right! When I talk with my students, they ask me if Colllege it's hard! I have told them it is not easy, but it is not hard because it takes time to learn and be patient in order to move forward you education. They seemed to be excited to know that they can go to college, and also help other kids to learn and be more educated. Also each time I can't make to tutoring they are always asking the reason why I wasn't there. I love to see how much progress my kids have done so far! It is exciting to help them and received feed back from them.

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    3. ZOGA WAS THE ONE WHO WROTE THE COMMENT ABOVE!

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    4. I completely agree with you! But not only will the students remember us, we will remember them also.
      H.P.

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    5. We are making a impact in the childrens lives whether we see that happening now or maybe it will be years down the road, we have made an impact that will help them. S.C

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  2. Every single time we go to these elementary schools to tutor these children in need of help with reading, we are fulfilling the Thayne Center's mission and vision. The America Reads Tutors have realized that they as students are capable of making positive change in our community through tutoring.the children in our local community. I would definitely classify reading as a basic need, because if one cannot read, they cannot support themselves. Since reading is a basic need, America Reads tutors are working very hard to help those who are lacking. I am grateful that I can be a part of accomplishing the Thayne Center's vision and mission!

    H.K.

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    1. You pretty much have said what I wanted to say. We as tutors get a first-hand look at how we are helping our students and affecting positive change in our community. And what better way to serve those (who have their basic needs met) than to teach them to read. Thanks for your comment H.K.

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    2. I agree, we as American Reads Tutors work hard to help students who are struggling with reading. And we fulfill the mission statement of the Thayne Center by going out in the community and helping these bright kids.

      S.T

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    3. As you mentioned above reading it is the most essential tool a human need, in order to move forward in their education. An as I have mentioned in other post, I am so glad there are people like us who want to make a change in the life of other individuals. You never know when you are going to be needing that help you are providing in these moments! I just believe that giving our time to help other makes a difference with ourselves. I have become more strict on how I want my things done, and how I can ask for help when I needed. Now I'm not afraid anymore of helping and be helped by other memebers of our society!
      ZOGA

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    4. I agree with you that if one can not read, he can't support himself and reading is a very basic need. When a child know how to read, he can read himself a book his spare time. Evermore, a child with good reading ability will gain more confidence in his life.
      Quynh

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    5. I agree with your well written response. We do seem to make a difference not just with the students but with the schools too. I am also grateful to be apart of this program!
      H.P.

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  3. there's not a single child out there that will benefit from the help that we can provide especially when we are able to give them the more one-on-one helpthat the same center believes in an America Reads provides for the schools in for these children

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    1. There really isn't any child that could not be benefited, especially since every class has so many students, by our one-on-one quality interactions with them. And it is so fun to watch when our students have a breakthrough. Because we are helping so many individuals we are impacting the greater community indirectly.

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  4. As a student who works in the Thayne Center, I feel like I can help those in need and help those who want to make a difference in the world. Before stumbling upon the Thayne Center, I never knew what great resources where available to students and faculty. I have a feeling that many other students aren't aware of the opportunities to tie their education to service learning. Sometimes students learn better getting out in the community and practicing the learning objectives in real world action. You learn things that a textbook can't really get across. No more of wondering when you will use what you are learning in class in the real world. I want to be able to show students what great opportunities are available. We should make changing the world easier to do, not harder. This is what I believe the Thayne Center does.

    - Brenda L Gaytan
    Media Specialist III

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    1. For real huh?! I would love to be able to tell everyone at SLCC about the opportunities that are available to them through awesome departments like the Thayne Center. At the beginning of the semester a few of us from SLICE tabled for the Thayne Center. I don't think that a single student knew about the Thayne Center, not to mention any of its programs. It was so cool to tell people about what is out there, and so many students were stoked about getting out in the community and helping. Keep up the good work Brenda!

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    2. What I love about the Thayne Center is that they want to make a difference in the education of each children with the America Reads program, but also make a difference in the live of the students in SLCC. It is amazing to know how many resources we have out dare, to help us improve our lives and also to help other who need the help! Also I really love how we are starting to make a difference within our community here in SLC , I think that is the best change you can make in a community. If we want to make a change I believe we should start by looking our community and its necessities, in order to make a change in these world.

      ZOGA

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    3. I feel the same that being an AR tutor, I have so many opportunities to involve in community. Before that, I had not know what was going on in our society, my life enclosed in circle with school and home. Going to events and hearing about social issues, I feels more mature and responsible for life.
      Quynh

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    4. I definitely agree with you. having a one to one study program helps those students that need a help. we all America reads tutors make a change in the children we teach, so that following the mission of America reads and try to be a guide for the students and showing them what they can achieve makes a big difference in their life. this program also helps us to improve our lives and be the change that we want to see in the world.
      Lydia

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  5. America Reads is definitely cultivating an "engaged citizenry." It would be very difficult to tutor for America Reads, and have no concern for the outcome of our efforts, and how we affect individuals.
    I also see our elementary schools as "community organizations." We as tutors are giving SLCC, and the Thayne Center, good reputable names. This has become a great relationship between our school and community. And it will only get better as our students eventually end up right here at SLCC, and remember what America Reads did for their lives. They will probably be more likely to give back because of what they each have been given from us. Good job tutors!
    Thanks America Reads and Lynne (our fearless leader).

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    1. Your so right! I never thought of the impact that we as American Reads tutor could have on whether or not these kids we tutor choose to go to college or not. It definitely makes me feel a lot better about myself to know that I could be the reason why a child continued their education or one day return to that same school and help children who are struggled in reading like they did.
      S.T

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    2. Agreed, SLCC is establishing great relationships with the schools. Next year I hope to have even more time to volunteer, I'm addicted!
      That would be crazy to see my kids years after I get done tutoring them, but I tutor 6th graders, so I don't see how much of an impact I'm actually making.
      Jeslicania

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    3. It's true that a good thing that we tutor at elementary school, kids will know more about our school, the SLCC. And if we make a good impact on them, they will have a good impression about college student and want to go to college when they grow up.
      Quynh

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  6. I don't know what else to say, these tutors all mentioned great points that I don't think i have anything else to add.But I understand that we impact these children in a way that we don't even know. It's a great way for these children to be able to get the exposure to college life by understanding what it is at an early age. I've had a few students ask me questions about school and it feels good to encourage them to go to college. We help influence higher education by being there everyday that we are supposed to be there. It's a great program to be a part of.

    S.T

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    1. Sometimes my kids ask me about my school, too. I love it when they do, I want to give them as much exposure to it as possible.
      Jeslicania

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    2. I have students ask me about my school too. I then love to hear their goals and how they want to graduate from college too, and then go on to different professions in their lives. Your right, a lot of us employees have brought up very good points. I am glad to have gotten to know so many of you amazing individuals!
      H.P.

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  7. As an American Reads tutor at the begining I did not feel that confident to make a change with my kids. But this has totally change my mind, I have discover that it might be hard sometimes, but most of the time I enjoy working with the kids. I believe since I have enter college, I have open more to learn new things and make changes in my community. I have been volulnteerng for other organizations for the past 3 years, and I have gain knowledge in how to treat people in general. Treating kids it is not an easy task, because they are learning and also going through a hard time trying to learn. How do I know that? That is an easy answer, even sometimes I also struggle to learn some of the material in classes. Since Math is not my strong subject I'm thankful there are tutors that can help me with homework. I just have to say that teaching this kids has been an amazing experience for me! With them I have discover that I am not ready to become a mother soon! That my priority is to continue studying and help the commmunity to become a better community by educating them! Also I'm so happy there is such a help for kids, because when I was a kids I went to some hard times reading, doing math and there were not tutors to help me!

    Here is a quote that I love a los from Gandhi:

    " BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD".

    [ZOGA]

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    1. Good for you, through service to others, we often discover ourselves! You're right, sometimes it does become difficult, but you're doing just fine.
      I love how much community this college really does have to offer, you really just have to look hard for it. Three years of volunteering, that's great!
      Jeslicania

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    2. You are for sure helping.
      When you were young and did not get tutoring, this is like many people. Even today many schools don't have these programs. And time are changing. I think every school should have a tutoring department. Really they should put it in their budget.

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  8. I think back to my experience in elementary school and all the help I need. As America Reads tutors, I'm individually changing these children's lives for the better. It's not just a job, it's a movement towards positive change in my community. I'm excited about the earth day clean up project coming up. I love becoming personally involved and I want to be the change in the community I want to see.
    -“To this end, the mission of the Thayne Center is to establish capacity-building relationships with community organizations, facilitate service-learning development opportunities for faculty, and coordinate service leadership programs for students who are out to change the world."
    I'm not much of a leader, and I've never set out in these endeavors looking to become one. This just happens on it's own. If I see the need to step up, I do what I must. When organizations in the community see the work and passion the Thayne Center's programs bring, a relationship is established. I'm here to work hard and have fun, I try not to worry too much about the rest.
    Jeslicania

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    1. It sounds like you have gleaned a lot of good experiences and knowledge from your work as an America reads tutor. It is true that the differences we make in the children we help learn to read really does benefit them and it is fun and inspiring to have a working relationship with elementary schools in our communities. Keep up the good work and allow all the growth that is possible with a work-study position like this one.
      LSH

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  9. For the vision of achieving people’s basic needs, equality, justice in society and the mission of providing learning-service and leadership program, I think if each student and faculty need to educate themselves, so they can understand how to bring a positive impact on society. As an America Reads tutor, first I want to help people around me, at least the ones I know by interacting with them more, listening to what they need to find out what I can do for them. I believe that if each of us cares for people close to us, we can support each others and make our life bit by bit better.
    Quynh

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  10. I truly believe we are making a strong impact in many lives, through America Reads and the Thayne Center. We are not only making an impact in the students lives, but also the faculty we interact with, other tutors, and ourselves. I think that this statement becomes true when you see the successes in the students that you are working with. It seems with the opportunity to gain more "prizes" they are willing to put in even more effort, which in return they want us to put forth the same effort. Then when both of your efforts are accomplished, not only are they overjoyed but you are also. I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing program!
    H.P.

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  11. As a America Reads tutor I feel like we are examples to the children, they look up to us and when we help tutor them we help provide them with tools that they need in the future or tools that they could use right now. When we help the children learn to read or help them learn that reading actually can be fun for those who hate it we open up their minds to a range of possibilities. Which is a brighter future for not only for them but for us as well.
    S.C.

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    1. Overcoming learning obstacles can be all about supportive relationships. Mostly what we do is simple assisted reading and it is very effective. Kids learn naturally and easily until there is some obstacle. The slow readers we work with have encountered some obstacle that we are unaware of. Someone by their side is a huge key to moving forward.

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  12. Since I have been in school at SLCC the most valuable learning experiences I have had are related to the out of classroom experiences. The AR program has been the main source but also I've participated in the Writing for Social Justice Conference, and a Service Learning project in a political science class. In class a lot of issues will come up in class that I read about, but the opportunity to extend the classroom out to real application is great.

    My first class at SLCC was Intercultural Communication which was half communication and half sociology. We talked about power structures and "white privilege." Some of the issues have remained in the back of my mind for 3 years now, so I recently put some hard work into an essay on the subject and submitted it to this year's WFSJ conference. I should know soon if I will be presenting it next week. My stance is controversial so I don't know if they will go for it.

    Last year at the conference I presented on the topic of wages paid to workers in developing countries who make our electronics, "Dreaming beyond our borders." If you google "big world dreams" you will find a facebook page that you can "like" to log your support.

    Working with the kids has been a very powerful experience (you all know this). At this junction I'm not sure how to direct my energies, become a school teacher, social worker, adoptive parent, foster care or other? School can help us explore our aptitudes and find opportunities. It has been an incredible 3 years. Thank you Thayne Center!
    Mark A

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    1. I was notified that I will be presenting my essay "Terms that Burn" at the Writing for Social Justice Conference, April 23 Wednesday at the South City Campus (do not know my room or time). So if you want to see me (cave under pressure) do a nice presentation come by.

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    2. This is excellent Mark!! You gave a very thought out and detailed response and that is absolutely amazing that you have so many options to go on. I am glad to hear that you have learned so much and enjoyed your experiences as an America Reads tutor. Good luck with all future endeavors!!
      LSH

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  13. America reads give me the opportunity to do what I love. I am very passionate in teaching children. I absolutely love the idea of making a difference in the world. School is a lifelong learning environment o which we are an integral part. I do my best by helping my students to improve in their reading skill. All in all I want to make a difference in education of each child with the America reads program, and I will definitely keep working for Thayne center by the next semester.

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    1. That is awesome that you have a passion for what you are doing and learning. Keep up the good work and the Thayne Center is lucky to have someone who is involved and dedicated to what they do in the program.
      lsh

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  14. I'm impressed by the leadership that many of the students show here at SLCC. The community service that many do here. I do enjoy working with the America Reads Program. It has opened my eyes to many opportunities in my education.

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  15. As an America Reads tutor and a Civically Engaged Scholar my goals are to positively influence everyone I meet, be involved in socially charged organizations that desire to better their communities, and work hard as a student to create change in meaningful ways. I want to have a balanced commitment in life to projects that help serve their community and evoke volunteerism and hard work. I have grown so much in my time at S.L.C.C and I know that there is only more growing to be done. I am grateful for my relationship with the Thayne center because I have gotten a true taste for how much volunteer work and community partnerships can create true change for the better. I plan on staying involved in my community and maintaining a relationship with the department even after graduation.
    LSH

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  16. Reading all these comments a year later is awesome. I am proud to be part of the America Reads program, I am learning so much from the training and reading blogs. education is key to improving our community, the more we know about resources, charity foundations, education, and how to use them is a great tool in helping our entire city.
    Jodi

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