Course Title: Family Voices Mentor-Tutor Project
Semester: Spring 2012
Instructor/CUE Affiliate: Marian Slaughter, Boyd Rossing
Community Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
Mentor-Tutors Tim and Marisa during a mentoring session with Caleb and his mom Lena. Family Voices engages the whole family. (CUE, 2012)
Abstract: CUE developed curriculum and taught a pilot professional development course for the UW undergraduates serving as Family Voices’ mentor-tutors volunteers. This for-credit course was conducted at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County on alternating Saturdays during the spring 2012 semester.
Student Learning Goals: Although the Family Voices Mentor-Tutor professional development course had many aspirations for mentor-tutor development, the course had four principal aims:
- To promote personal, civic and professional growth from a sustained mentor-tutoring experience
- To promote a deeper understanding of the issues affecting family-community-school-university connections with the aim of promoting the aspirations and achievement of children and youth
- To enhance their effectiveness with supporting the academic and social development of children and youth
- To inform the program in ways that contribute to improving Family Voices and its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
CUE Project Area: Family Voices Project
Overview: Starting in fall 2010, the Family Voices (FV) began a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC). The BGCDC/FV partnership is strengthening the program’s foundation and its ability to continue developing and implementing a culturally relevant model, offering a Saturday morning mentor-tutor-enrichment program for students in grades K-8 with strong parent engagement and with a focus on African American families and mentor-tutors. The overlap between Family Voices and CUE was what brought CUE in to assist FV increases its capacity to serve its targeted population, since CUE was already working with Slow Food-UW at the BGCDC, and they had capacity to cook for/with more children. CUE began assisting with this partnership in the Fall of 2011.
Objectives: While many ideas for community improvement were identified, the families in South Madison felt supporting the academic performance of the community’s children through the use of tutors would be a powerful place to begin.
- CUE supports Family Voices with program administration and development, documentation and implementation support.
- CUE staff developed curriculum and taught a pilot professional development course for the UW undergraduates serving as FV mentor-tutors volunteers. This for-credit course was conducted at the BGCDC on alternating Saturdays during the spring 2012 semester. [project course page]