From tutoring to mentoring to college preparedness, NGF has something to offer for students of all ages!
SmarterMe: Grades Pre-K – 12
SmarterMe, our anchor program, started in 2009. We provide a continuum of services and accessible quality educational opportunities so our students may grow as autonomous, self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners. SmarterMe offers after school, weekend, and summer learning programs of extended academic instruction and enrichment activities to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of students. Our programs help increase academic achievement of at-risk students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the core academic content areas of reading/language arts and mathematics. Students also participate in enrichment activities in the areas of S.T.E.A.M and cultural awareness. Our students receive 10 hours of academic instruction and enrichment per week throughout the school year. The summer program consists of 7 weeks of instruction in June and July.
|After School Tutoring||Summer Learning|
|Mondays – Thursdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.||Mondays – Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.|
|Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
For more information, or to register your child, please contact us.
Freshman Success: Grades 8 – 12
This program prepares incoming ninth graders with the skills and habits needed to make high school years successful and to graduate. Services include tutoring, test prep, SAT & ACT test prep, and academic coaching. Freshman Success also provides a roadmap to higher education, colleges and universities. Many students in our program are from low-income families, who don’t meet the college readiness benchmark. We focus on issues related to higher education access, educational attainment, educational financing, admission process, socioeconomic barriers, and value of educational equity. Fun Friday activities and workshops are optional.
When schools closed in response to COVID-19, we quickly pivoted to online learning. This crisis has led our families to experience technological barriers. Our students lost access to vital technology that was required to further their learning. Without access to schools, children from low-income communities are likely to suffer from widening opportunity gaps. We have been addressing the technology inequity by equipping students with laptops and technology training, and implementing a student-friendly platform to strengthen virtual learning.
When students returned to school for in-person learning, they also had to return borrowed laptops to school, leaving them without computers at home. As a response to this need, we started a device drive in the community to collect computers for our students. The donated laptops are refurbished and are given to our students to enable them to continue their learning at home and virtually.
Students in grades 9–12 are provided with opportunities to serve their community and mentor younger students in the SmarterMe® program. The NGF Intern program is offered to students in grades 11 and 12. These opportunities include gaining job readiness skills and serving as mentors for positive socioemotional engagement opportunities. Many of these teens assume leadership roles in the program and return to our program when they are in college!
COVID-19 has impacted our students academically, emotionally and mentally. We have implemented Georgia SHAPE and Social and Emotional Learning programs to promote healthy body and minds through physical activities and education to set the stage for lifelong healthy behaviors. These activities also promote social interaction and prepare children to better handle physical and emotional challenges. We started daily check-ins using Google Forms to check in with our students. The responses are also shared with their parents and teachers to form a complete picture of each child’s needs.
Having children learning at home is a challenging for parents, too! During our virtual home visits, we share helpful tips with our parents to make homeschooling more effective. Through online parenting workshops (conducted in both English and Spanish), we are working to maximize student and parent engagement by encouraging parents to stay involved in the education of their children. We help parents understand the Georgia Performance Standards and teach them to use online resources to track their children’s academic progress.