"POWER NM, in partnership Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village Of Albuquerque with New Mexico Women's Global Pathways, has built a tutoring program for refugee children from elementary school to high school. Reading to Excel is a weekly program that meets Saturdays from 2-4 at La Mesa Presbyterian Church. Tutors from POWER NM and Albuquerque Academy Half the Sky Club work with children one-on-one and in groups to improve literacy skills and help them engage in their education.
Most of the children who participate in Reading to Excel are refugees or the children of refugees. Many came to the United States with no English language skills and little formal education, but because the public schools system places students in classes based on the grade level appropriate for their age and not their previous educational exposure, many are behind in class. Reading to Excel focuses primarily on bringing children up to grade level in reading, but for those children who need additional help in other subject areas, supplementary tutoring is provided.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Molly Murphy: Education Director
It is my privilege to serve as the Education Director for the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque (IRRVA).
A wide range of programs are offered to the adults in the IRRVA community, but below is a description of education programs offered specifically for the YOUNG people in IRRVA
Read -to-Excel Program meets every Saturday
For students in grades K – 12, IRRVA offers “Read to Excel” classes on Saturday afternoons, from 2-4 pm. “Read to Excel” falls under the direction of Lungile and Nkazi Sinanadile, but is planned and executed by a group of Albuquerque Academy students. This vital program provides both academic support as well as mentorship for IRRVA student participants. Each class includes personal and/or small group instruction by a large number of dedicated volunteers from Albuquerque Academy, with each session including practice in speaking English, reading, writing, and math, as well as assistance with homework. Snacks are provided for students at each session. Social/recreational events are also planned for the IRRVA students by the Read-to-Excel tutors, and are offered at regular intervals throughout the school year.
In 2013 the co-founders and program coordinators of IRRVA approached a group of Albuquerque students who were seeking a partnership in order to reach out to the refugee families served by IRRVA and New Mexico Global Pathways and a partnership was initiated. In the beginning of 2013 volunteers from Power were asked to provide tutoring to a family of 5. Later in October of 2013 IRRVA secured space from La Mesa Presbyterian church to provide one on one reading to the children who participate in Saturday programs most of whom were identified by the co-founders of IRRVA to be reading way below level. The family of 5 that was being tutored before Read to Excel was started joined the Read To Excel program that occurs in the class rooms of La Mesa Presbyterian church, IRRVA'S fiscal sponsor at 7401 Copper Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, 87108 ( 505) 435-5741 ( IRRVA's program Coordinator). All kids are welcomed regardless of country of origin or ethnicity, religion or ability.