The Educational Enrichment Services Department includes after school hour tutoring, summer and weekend education enrichment, youth development, college and career preparation, recreation and delinquency prevention programs for youth ages 6 – 18. In addition, AYC operates Parent Education workshops and provides information, referral and translation assistance to community members as needed. These services are provided primarily out of our youth center facilities in the city of San Gabriel. Approximately 99% of the 865 youth, parents and seniors who received services through these programs identified as Asian Pacific Islander and approximately 92% are low- income.
Project NEO is a tutoring program for youth in grades 1-8. All students are assessed and receive intervention tutoring based on California core standards in English Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics depending on academic level. Project NEO also incorporates a mentoring component, where a select group of high school students provide role modeling, social support and encouragement to Project NEO participants.
Project NEO was started as a non-profit organization by Mary Wong in 2010, and became integrated as an AYC program after Project NEO and AYC merged in late 2016. Due to the merger, AYC is now able to serve more youth in an expanded service area that includes Alhambra and Monterey Park.
The Accelerated Children’s Education (ACE) Program After-School Program
The Accelerated Children’s Education (ACE) Program consists of homework assistance and core California standard instruction in English Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics. The tutoring program is offered Monday through Friday 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Students receive intervention and/or challenge work in English Language Arts, Science and Mathematics, depending on academic level. The academic level of each student is individually determined through assessments when they start the program each year. Progress is determined through ongoing benchmarks throughout the school year and a post assessment at the end of the year. English language learners or students who are performing at below grade level can get caught-up to grade level because of the individualized assessments and academic intervention. Tutors are trained in classroom instruction and management and maintain a ratio of 15 students or less for each teacher. The ACE program also has a library exchange program with the San Gabriel Library. ACE offers enrichment activities as well such as: dance, theater, health, art and music. Students are also involved in educational field trips to enhance their learning experience. Finally, AYC is able to provide transportation (on a first come first served limited basis) from school to AYC’s May L To Educational Center each school day. This program is free to a limited number of low-income families and a sliding scale is used to determine fees for all other families.
Accelerated Children Education (ACE) Summer School Program
The ACE Summer School Program consists of all of the above AND instruction in science, social studies, history, crafts, nutrition and physical education. The ACE Summer School Program is offered to students starting in June when the school year ends and ending in August when the new school year begins. The program runs Monday – Friday, from 8:30am – 6:30pm. Students are also involved in educational field trips to enhance their learning experience. English language learners or students who are performing at below grade level can get caught-up to grade level because of the individualized assessments and academic intervention. A sliding scale based on income is used to determine fees for all families. Together, ACE Tutoring and Summer School Programs create well rounded students in academic, social and cultural skills.
Teen Leadership Career College Program @ Jefferson Middle School
The Teen Leadership Career College Preparation (TLCC) at Jefferson Middle School (JMS) mirrors the ACE Tutoring Program. It serves students from low-income families with at-risk academic status at Jefferson Middle School in the San Gabriel Unified School District. TLCC consists of homework assistance and core California standard instruction in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The program is offered each afternoon, Monday through Friday 2:00pm – 6:30pm. Students receive intervention work in English Language Arts and Mathematics, depending on academic level. Academic level is obtained through pre and post examinations and ongoing benchmarks throughout the school year. Teachers are trained in classroom instruction and management. The end goal for JMS Satellite Program is to help students attain grade-level proficiency in core curriculum to better prepare them for a successful academic experience. A sliding scale based on income is used to determine fees for all families.
One-on-One Tutoring The One-on-One Tutoring Program works in conjunction with ACE and TLCC programs. It offers personalized instruction in core curriculum subjects for students in K-12. The program is offered Monday through Friday by appointment. All tutors are college level and are matched based on their areas of expertise to the needs of each student. For example, youth needing higher level math tutoring are matched with a tutor who has experience and excellence in higher level math. A sliding scale based on income is used to determine fees for all families.
Chinese Language Classes are offered on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. It is a language acquisition program that consists of speaking, understanding, reading and writing instruction in Chinese (Mandarin-Simplified). Students at all language levels are accepted. Teachers are trained in classroom instruction and management. They teach from a Chinese Language Acquisition Curriculum that is designed for K-8 students. Chinese class rates are $10 per class.
The SAT Preparation Program is designed for low-income students in the community that have the goal of college or university acceptance. These students are in need of SAT study and test-taking skills and AYC’s SAT Preparation Program addresses this need in the community. It is a 12 week course, administered 3 times a year. The instructors are college level or above with advanced training in curriculum instruction and test-taking strategies. The program covers all parts of the SAT and is broken down into three subjects: 1) Comprehension, Sentence Structure, & Vocabulary; 2) Grammar & Essay; and 3) Math.. It gives students detailed instruction and test-taking tips for each portion. The idea of the SAT Preparation Program is to help students, who otherwise could not afford such assistance, to be successful on their SAT’s, which in turn prepares them for a successful college or university experience. The SAT/PSAT course is offered at a fixed rate of $295 (excluding mandatory textbook) for all three subjects.
The Friday Night Club (FNC) runs hand in hand with the TLCC Program. It provides a safe-haven program for low-income, at-risk youth in the community ages 6-14. It is offered as a refuge on Friday evenings 3:30pm-6:30pm to elementary and middle school students in the community. Students are able to participate in Open Recreation which can be anything from card games and board games to use of the pool table or sports in the gymnasium. Like TLCC, FNC students participate in life skills workshops such as: healthy relationships, tobacco and drug awareness, college and career education, nutrition, and other topics. Students are also involved in educational field trips and community service opportunities. The purpose of FNC is to prevent youth delinquency and gang involvement while giving these students a safe-haven where they can develop social skills, team work skills, and enjoy pro-social recreation. All youth must be enrolled within the ACE or TLCC programs, and no drop-ins are allowed.