On November 16 of this year, Educate. Radiate. Elevate. turned one year! It was a memorable year of first steps and new sights, of partnerships and collaborations.
Today, we begin our fundraising initiative to continue providing high-quality tutoring services to K-12 students of underserved communities with a goal of raising $15,000 by year’s end.
“As adults, we tend to underestimate kids, thinking we know better,” said Lindsey Wander, the Founder and President of E.R.E. “Kids are wiser than we may think. They usually just need the proper support to lead them down their own path of discovery and growth.”
Wander, a veteran educator and the founder and CEO of WorldWise Tutoring, started E.R.E. to help eradicate the severe effects of pandemic school closures and overcome ongoing inequalities in education. While all students had to pivot during the pandemic, low-income students of color suffered at high rates due to a lack of access to remote learning, poor instruction, and unstable home environments.
According to McKinsey & Company, students in majority-Black schools finished the academic year six months behind in math and reading, and students in majority-white schools finished four months behind in math and three months behind in reading.
“There is a massive waste of human talent and opportunity that we risk if achievement gaps are not closed,” Wander said. “We are not only still leaving behind whole groups of children, but our failure to educate all our children to the highest levels means students in America overall are being left behind in a world where global competition is increasingly tough.”
To combat this, E.R.E not only helps students with academics but also with learning and life skills, enabling them to become lifelong learners, conscious leaders, and agents of change. Each student gets paired with one tutor per four-month term and receives 18 hours of one-on-one instruction. Additionally, E.R.E. hires accomplished tutors who undergo extensive training and are capable of working with students of all abilities. Most importantly, though, these tutors genuinely care about the young learners they partner with.
“There is nothing more rewarding than lifting the wings of bright minds and watching them fly towards the clouds, just as I continue my flight forward,” said Tenzing, an E.R.E. tutor. “Spaces provided by E.R.E. uplift and remind us that students matter, their, stories and saliency are precious parts of our collective journey through education.”
You Can Help!
Although E.R.E. already counts on many tutors, volunteers, donors, and nonprofits for support, we need your help! Please visit E.R.E.’s Donate page and make a donation to ensure our youth have the tools to succeed and become successful, productive members of society. We have done so much in just one year, but we need your help to do even more in the coming years!