Yale University Student is Impacting Children Nationwide by Mentoring Locally

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America Learns, LLC, the national educational justice company, voted Yale University student's mentoring strategy to be distributed to thousands of individuals worldwide.

America Learns announced today that a mentoring strategy created by Yale University junior Paul Dean has been named November's America Learns National Strategy of the Month. Paul's strategy was selected out of hundreds to become available for free to thousands of teachers, tutors, mentors and parents through the America Learns website and monthly e-newsletter.

Paul began mentoring with the Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale (DHAMPY) last year. His interest in urban education and desire to understand the factors affecting urban students first hand led him to join the program. Paul notes that, "I liked the idea of being involved in a program where I could learn first-hand about the challenges of urban education, but at the same time hopefully be helpful to some kids in New Haven."

Paul's Strategy

Volunteer tutors and mentors are often placed into situations in which they're asked to work with more than one student simultaneously, only to find that those students are very different. They have different needs, different interests, and may not even like each other. Paul's strategy helps tutors and mentors facing this challenge to provide high quality, individualized support to both students.

"Paul's strategy is a reflection of his ability to direct appropriate attention to each mentee while evaluating their progress according to their unique interests," said Johnny Scafidi, Program Director, DHAMPY.

"Paul came up with an practical, relevant, user friendly approach to confronting the challenge of providing high quality, individualized support to two very different students while working with them simultaneously," said Gary Kosman, Founder and CEO, America Learns. "Given the number of tutors and mentors who experience this challenge daily, it's exciting to know that our company is now able to share Paul's success in Connecticut with others nationwide and worldwide."

Paul's strategy may be accessed throughout November at http://americalearns.net/strategy.htm and will be permanently available to all America Learns Network members.

About the Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale

Now in its second year, the Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale is a three-year initiative that pairs 15 Yale University undergraduate mentors with 30 middle-school students from Wexler-Grant Elementary School. The unique programmatic aspect is that mentoring relationships will be sustained for the duration of the initiative. The program identifies youth who have struggled at the start of middle school and employs the Jones-Zimmermann triangular mentoring model to foster an academic-centered relationship between the mentee, mentor, and a peer student. Thus, healthy social development is a goal of the program even as the integrated curriculum focuses on language literacy and mathematical skill improvement. The Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale is supported by the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund. Learn more at http://www.dwighthall.org/3106/DHAMPY.

About America Learns, LLC (America Learns):

America Learns is a national educational justice company based in Mission Hills, California. The company partners with school districts, universities and nonprofits to ensure that every child served by a teacher, tutor or mentor receives the highest quality academic and social-emotional support possible. America Learns accomplishes its mission through licensing proprietary technology and content that empowers schools, tutoring programs and mentoring programs to streamline their reporting and evaluation work by providing personalized guidance and support to teachers, tutors and mentors. Organizations tend to reduce the amount of time and money spent on ongoing training, reporting and evaluation purposes by 70% after beginning to use America Learns' services. Since launching its service in September 2004, the company has grown to reach more than 10,000 students nationwide. Its clients include UC Berkeley, Public/Private Ventures, the Minneapolis Public Schools, and the State of Mississippi. The company was seed funded by Echoing Green, the leading global social venture firm. Learn more at http://www.americalearns.net or by calling 310-689-0542.

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