Academic Success

Did you know that 87% of our high school senior Club members graduated on time in 2018?


The academic success programming is designed to ensure all youth, despite the barriers they face, are excited about and engaged in their studies at school. Specifically, academic success programs encompasses five components:

  • homework help and tutoring,
  • high-yield and expanded learning activities that help youth use their out-of-school time focused on learning,
  • parent and adult involvement to help build a strong moral support for each child,
  • collaboration with schools to ensure program activities align with what children learn during the school day, and
  • recognition of youth success to help achieve higher levels of confidence.

Program highlight:

Summer Boost: Launched in 2014, Summer Boost counteracts summer learning loss, giving low-income, underserved, rising 4th and 6th graders who are below grade level a pathway to success. Since its inception, Summer Boost has supported more than 1,000 students!

All youth experience learning losses when they do not engage in summer educational activities. This loss is especially devastating for children from low-income families who do not have access to summer enrichment.

Summer Boost 2019 will provide low-income, underserved, disenfranchised, rising 4th and 6th graders who are lagging in school achievement with summer classes in reading and other subjects (science, math, language arts, STEM, and coding) as part of Club summer programming. It will serve 250 students from 4 public school districts (Tacoma, Clover Park, Peninsula, and Bremerton) with high populations of low-income, ethnically diverse children. School districts provide certified teachers trained in current curriculum to lead the program, provide lesson plans, and offer instruction in subjects determined by the school district. Student/teacher ratios average 1:10 to help reinforce learning and support the transition to middle school. Teachers will do pre and post testing. The Clubs provide additional enrichment programming—all of which is provided to Club members, and their families, at no charge!