ACE is a community-oriented educational program targeted toward African refugee and immigrant children living in Worcester, Massachusetts. The students attending this program have come to the U.S. from nations suffering from war and political or social instability. As a result, these children were unable to engage in meaningful schooling during their childhood. When they arrive in the U.S., they are enrolled in school according to their age, rather than their actual level of education, and thus are often years behind their peers in most subjects. Fortunately, many of these children are bright and motivated, and ACE seeks to draw on these strengths to close the gaps with their education.
To meet the needs of this population, ACE has developed a Saturday program with formal classes in Math and English, a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, life skills courses and extracurricular activities, such as dance, soccer and art. We also offer after-school tutoring, Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Lastly, we employ culturally competent outreach staff to do home-visitations with families and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education.
Our students come from many nations - but they have all come to learn, achieve, and succeed. At ACE, our goal is to help them achieve THEIR goals, by providing a safe and supportive environment for learning.
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