How can we break the barriers of poverty and illiteracy for the next generation? By being proactive. Whiz Kids is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that focuses on first- through sixth-grade students in areas with the highest drop-out rates and lowest socio-economic levels in Oklahoma City. Whiz Kids is both proactive and preventative in nature, targeting inner-city schools and students who are reading below grade level and who could benefit most from a mentor relationship with a caring adult.
Whiz Kids sites are churches in each school’s community that donate their facility and provide tutors and an on-site coordinator. Urban churches are partnered with suburban churches to provide additional tutors and resources and build bridges between suburban and urban churches. Whiz Kids partners with Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Crutcho School District, Putnam City School District and the Crooked Oak School District. A teacher from the local school facilitates each Whiz Kids site and acts as the school liaison and resource for volunteer tutors.
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