About this Opportunity
In Washington Heights, 41% of these children are growing up in poverty. Consequently, they enroll in kindergarten already 1 to 1.5 years behind. Only 16.7% of Latino third-graders in Washington Heights are meeting English Language Arts (ELA) standards. Studies show that those who do not catch up by the 4th grade may never perform on par with their middle-class peers.Volunteers with the Exodus After School Achievement Program (ASAP) by working with students beginning in kindergarten on reading. Through the 100 Book Challenge curriculum, students accomplish two things: First, a love of reading that begins early and lasts a lifetime. Second, guided reading sessions and time set aside for independent reading every single day. This improves comprehension and increases the amount of time they read by choice.