-These kids know that it is practically impossible to make it without a hs diploma and thus their motivation is high, but for the community now is the time. Any effort that we put now pays off big time bc needs a lost generation of kids without an education or skills to get a job because we want to work toward a well-educated, capable work force
Promoting School Success 2010-11
Promoting School Success
A project of the Downtown Education
Across the street from the library
A bridge between the colleges and the
A space for community
+ Meeting a Need in Downtown
historically had a
high dropout rate.
In the past 10 years
there has been a
large increase in
These challenges have stressed social services and the school
Some of the school-aged youth living in downtown Lewiston
sought extra help from the staff at the Lewiston Public Library,
but the Library did not have the capacity to meet the growing
DEC saw a place where it could bring its assets to
bear to address a critical community need.
Working with the school department,
the library and other partners
The Promoting School
Success Program in the fall
The LPL has a designated
computer lab that is
available as a site.
DEC has the resources
of the four colleges that be
designated to supporting
The youth are highly motivated to learn.
Birth of the School Success Program
Coordinated by an AmeriCorps
Training developed and
implemented by staff and faculty
from DEC and its member
Program staffed largely by
students recruited from DEC’s
four member colleges.
Structure of the Program
M-Th 3:30 – 5:30,
Lewiston Public Library
Expansion and Growth
Average daily attendance Sept. 2008
Average daily attendance by April 2009
Students served during the 2008-09 school year
Total visits during in 2008-09
Students served during the 2009-10 school year
Total visits during the 2009-10 school year
• Last year, of a core group of 28 students
who attended regularly, 26 showed improvement
in their grades and are now passing.
-As reported by Sue Martin, the ELL
coordinator for Lewiston.
Per student cost of the program
As the program
the capacity of the
small computer lab has
There are only 25
chairs available. So
when numbers exceed
45 (as they tend to do
toward the end of the
quarter) it is difficult to
find places for
all of the kids.
As recently as Nov 10th, we had to open a
homework help “annex” on the third floor to
accommodate all of the students.
Who are our students?
The majority of our students
are African refugees from
Somalia and the Sudan.
Our focus is on middle and
high school students, 80% in
About 60% of students are
Who are our tutors?
We recruit from all four of DEC’s member academic institutions: Bates
College, CMCC, Kaplan University,
Students are in service
learning classes, are
work study students, and are
interns or volunteers.
We also have community
community police officers
and an assistant rowing
Several of our tutors are fluent
in Somali which is a great
“I don’t have a computer at home, so
there is no way I could finish all of
my homework without Homework
-Mana Abdi, ’13 Lewiston High
“I love working at the after-school
program at the library. Even on nice
days when they could be playing
outside, kids come in to the library
eager to learn. It’s been a great
experience for me.”
-Sam Polak, Bates ’11
“The tutors are more than just tutors. They care
about you, and that means a lot to me.”
-Abdullahi Shaleh, ‘12 Lewiston High School