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Donations sponsor students to attend a five-week summer camp with academic and enrichment classes in language arts, math, and photography

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The Issue: Benefits of Academic Services for Youth

Unemployment, dropping graduation rates, and gang activity have been challenging the nation for years, and families in Watsonville are not exempt. In a region where, according to [Youth N.O.W.'s website] (http://www.youthnowcenter.com/#/impact), 40% of the population is younger than 25, educational services can positively impact generations to come. Homework help, extracurricular activities, and academic lessons all play a part in keeping kids out of dangerous situations and helping them grow into successful adults.

The Campaign: Hosting an Educational Summer Camp

All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Youth N.O.W. to sponsor students from low-income families in an educational summer camp. For every $105 raised, Youth N.O.W. can sponsor one local youth aged 11–13 in the five-week camp. Granite Construction Inc. will provide up to $500 in matching donations.

At Youth N.O.W.'s summer camp, academic classes such as math and language arts fill the mornings, taught by credentialed teachers and aligned with state educational standards. An included lunch and an afternoon of enrichment activities such as photography, cooking, or community service round out the days.

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When the school day is over and it's time for homework, some students hunker down for grueling solo sessions of math equations and sentence structure. But that's not the only way. In and around Watsonville, pupils can go to Youth N.O.W.'s student center, an educational haven where they can work on their assignments with tutors, credentialed teachers, and peers. There they can complete their homework, eat healthful snacks, use on-site computer labs, and volunteer to help other youth, weaving the net of community support that Youth N.O.W. strives for.

As part of the center's comprehensive tutoring services, students can attend homework-help sessions, engage in independent study, or schedule personal tutoring at least twice a week. The tutors maintain a learning plan with progress reports and individual goals to help students who need to bring their grades up above a C-. The center also helps to provide free access to resources such as printing, computer programs, and project or homework supplies. Yet the student center isn't focused on academics alone. Volunteers also program recreational activities and summer enrichment classes such as photography and printmaking to help students grow into well-rounded individuals.

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