H.E.L.P. (Heights Educational Learning Program)
Being located in an area where the population is predominantly of Latino decent, we are faced with many educational challenges in the young people that participate in our H.E.L.P. program. Language issues are a huge barrier to kids getting the appropriate homework help at home, as well as the high illiteracy rate among our population. At Base Camp, when kids come in after school they find volunteers who are willing to sit down with them, one-on-one, and assist them until they've worked through the challenges of their assignments.
Homework is always the first priority in our H.E.L.P. program. Once a member has completed their homework, we have developed our own program that is designed to enhance areas where extra assistance may be needed, as well as to enhance and broaden a student in areas where they are already achieving appropriately. When a young person begins attending the H.E.L.P. program, they are given a grade review test. That test encompasses everything that the member should have learned in the year previous. Based on the scores from their grade review test, a personalized notebook is compiled for each person, at their achievement level in each individual subject. Members move up level by level after successfully completing post tests in each area.