This October, I began volunteering with the GO Project. The GO Project strives to “shape the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life”. During the summer, GO School operates 5 days a week from 9-5, providing not only educational enrichment, but arts, technology, and PE classes as well. During the school year, GO provides Saturday school. At GO school we have “two and half hours of intensive lessons designed to empower each student as they build essential skills in reading, writing and math”.
By housing GO school/summer in various private schools in Lower Manhattan (including our own), GO works to bridge the gap between students with ample resources and the students without and provide educational equity.
Volunteering at GO has been an amazing experience for me. Building personal connections with my class, 1C, has taught me a lot about learning and the struggles that come along with it even at the young ages of 5 and 6. During GO Saturdays, I have made some very cute, very bright little friends whom I’ll continue to skip the extra hours of Saturday morning sleep for.
So if you like kids, educational equity & social justice, graham crackers & pretzels, and service hours, join GO!
If you’re at all interested in GO, but aren’t ready to commit, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), Leitzel (lschoen@friendsseminary), or Olivia Nuñez (email@example.com), director of community engagement at GO.