BRMA provides tutoring and other academic supports for mentees.
The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program offers academic support to all of our students. We know the student skills and mindset developed during the elementary, middle and high school years will greatly impact student success in postsecondary pursuits. The following supports are available to students:
Middle School After School Tutorial
All BRMA students are encouraged to apply for the after school program at their particular school site. The BRMA Middle School Tutorial Coordinator will work with the after school staff to place volunteer tutors to support students with homework and practicing needed student and academic skills. Additionally, BRMA staff will offer small group instruction to address growth mindset and student success.
Middle And High School Evening Tutorial
In partnership with the Hargraves Community Center, BRMA offers tutoring Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Volunteer tutors from UNC join the BRMA High School Tutorial Coordinator to support any CHCCS middle or high school student who needs help or a place to complete homework and study.
At least once a month a guest speaker visits or special program is held to introduce concepts such as careers, planning for college, financial literacy and other topics important to high school students.
This evening tutorial is open to middle school students. Any parent who feels their middle school child would benefit from attending the tutorial should contact the Blue Ribbon Academic Support Specialist, for details. There is a student contract which must be signed by middle school students and parents.
On a case-by-case basis and if a tutor is available, BRMA will place a 1:1 tutor with high school students during a study hall, lab, free period, or after school. Tutors are available to students who have pursued other avenues of support and are still struggling in a particular area. All tutors are volunteers, so placement is contingent upon availability.
Other supports and advocacy efforts are provided as needed. These may include (but are not limited to): individual help from Academic Support Specialist, classroom observations to assess areas of student need, Academic Support Specialist’s attendance at IEP, PTC or SST meetings at parent request and individualized assessments based on academic concerns.
We also provide materials to help students prepare for college.