The Companion Youth Learning Program is a year-round after-school enrichment program developed especially for children of incarcerated parents.
Every year, over 30,000 children in low-income families in Los Angeles are separated from one or both of their parents who are serving prison sentences. These children are left in the custody of guardians or grandparents who often lack the time or the ability to guide children in their education and homework.
The Mildred Cursh Foundation has been serving these children for several years through the Prison Fellowship Ministry Organization. They have provided a safe, comfortable haven for a diverse cross-section of children (ages 5-18 years).
Our after-school program encourages our students to develop their own possibility skills through engaging exercises, tutoring and computer learning, and the arts.
The Companion Youth Learning Program addresses these needs by providing a caring mentor and a curriculum that anticipates their learning difficulties. Our program also seeks to motivate youth to find the 'Hero' within themselves and to develop social possibility skills and an enthusiasm for the art of learning.
Ms. Reynolds conducts this after-school course for children ages 5-18 that expand upon the subjects and standards for the grade levels of the participants.
Learning Companion meets weekdays at the First Baptist Church of Venice. The Center is an open and inviting facility and is readily accessible to the youth in Venice. It is ideally situated on a direct route of the Santa Monica Blue Bus. It is the home of one non-profit organization, which offer a continuum of educational and social services to the whole community free of charge or on a sliding scale. The organization has been awarded two community grants this year: Abbot Kinney Association and Venice Neighborhood Council to support our Food and Mentoring Program for 2015 - 2016 program year and our new collaborative programs Healing Soul Therapy services and Community Healing Projects workshops and the Community Healing Gardens volunteer support.
Educational programs include: Computer training, citizenship classes, arts, after-school tutoring, homework assistance, exercise programs, and a once a month spiritually based life skills class (Mandatory) for parents/care-givers and their children
Companion Youth Learning Program will Begin: September 2015
Enrollment begins now
The program meets Two days a week:
• Monday and Wednesday 5:00pm - 7:00pm (late pick up 7:30pm)
• Computer Lab available for Job search Monday, Wednesday - Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm
If you are interested in applying for a tutor/mentor position, please go to our "Contact Us" page for more information.
The Learning Youth Project will have a new home in 2017 - Information Pending will have updates posted as needed
further information can be given by contacting 310 428-0276 Director Antoinette Reynolds