Practice Makes Perfect works to narrow the achievement gap in low-income U.S. neighborhoods through summer enrichment programs that pair skills development for younger students with leadership and career training for older students.
“Practice Makes Perfect could be the future of the way teaching is done. Younger students teaching even younger students because they can relate to them better.” – Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Senator, 18th District
One day summer school will be replaced by Practice Makes Perfect programs in financially constrained neighborhoods nationally.
Redefine the summer learning experience for underprivileged students.
Practice Makes Perfect is a comprehensive summer education program with a proven “near-peer” model to support students from grade one through college matriculation. Our programs pair skills development for younger students with leadership development, career training and college prep for older students. Through a unique multirelational approach, PMP pairs academically struggling elementary and middle school students with older, higher achieving mentor peers from the same inner-city neighborhoods, all under the supervision of trained college interns for a six-week, full-day academic experience.
Practice Makes Perfect works to provide all students with an equal chance at achieving the American Dream.
Our Common Core-aligned curriculum focuses on targeted skill development and exercises to ensure mastery of concepts. With thousands of common core aligned problems, our curriculum translates the objectives into easy-to-accomplish goals. PMPs struggling learners benefit from summers that rebuild their confidence and appreciation for learning and models strong academic habits through friendly relationships with ambitious mentors.
Higher achieving middle and high school students receive leadership development and career training as well as college-going support. Students are provided with a professional development stipend and leadership development. Every student receives 70+ hours of college-going support, test preparation for standardized exams, guidance on personal statement writing and applying for financial aid and scholarships. During the week, older students tutor younger struggling learners. On weekends, they participate in community service projects within their neighborhoods with local volunteers.
College students gain hands-on teaching experience, leadership development, and first-hand perspective teaching inner-city youth for six weeks. The time spent in the classroom allows them to make an informed decision as to whether they would like to teach as a career.
The achievement gap costs our economy between $310-$525 billion each year. Two-thirds of the disparity in academic achievement was traced to unequal summer opportunities. The National Association for Summer Learning estimates that the summer learning loss (what students forget over the summer) is equivalent to 2.5 – 3.5 months of academic learning. At the most competitive universities only three percent of students come from families in the bottom quartile.