We just wrapped up a wonderful summer program and are looking forward to starting our academic year program with our recently expanded program team. Please help us welcome our three new Youth Development Assistants: Chelsy Warmerdam, Lexee Smith and Tiffany Scudero!
Chelsy and Tiffany are former Friendship Club girls and have been alumni since they graduated high school in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Chelsy completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development and also her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Chico. Tiffany received her Associate’s Degree in Communication Studies at Sierra College and plans to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Lexee is a Nevada County Native and just returned home after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from CSU Chico. She is currently working on her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. Denise Tambasco, Program Director, will continue to oversee our academic year and summer programs and will work closely with the new staff to help our girls develop their strengths and achieve their potential. Denise is excited to have this opportunity to mentor the new staff and to further support the two that are alumni! Click here to read more about our new staff and to learn more about all our staff, if you’d like!
Due to the new staff additions, we are able to expand our program offerings for girls, while augmenting other programs we already offer. One of the things we have noticed over the years is the fact that many of our girls struggle to complete their homework at home. Often they don’t have a quiet space to do their homework and/or they don’t have someone at home who is able to help them when they have questions. This tends to be the number one reason why our girls fall behind in school We are excited to now offer a Homework Club twice a week where girls can come after school to focus on their homework and get support from staff. This will allow girls to come to The Friendship Club for multiple days after school if they need support, rather than just on their meeting day. The Homework Club will be in addition to the one-on-one tutoring we already provide to girls in various academic subject areas, according to their needs.
We will also be augmenting our College Knowledge Program by offering more college field trips throughout the year. Our goal is to offer six short college visits between September and May, which are in the process of being planned. This will be in addition to the longer college field trips we do over school breaks.
There are surely to be other program offerings added as we settle into our academic year program. We will be sure to keep you posted!