At Teach My People we provide a high quality, academic afterschool program for 125 students at two locations; in Pawleys Island at the Teach My People Center on Waverly Road and in Georgetown at McDonald Elementary School.
Teach My People’s program model is that of a closed enrollment, meaning we bring in ten rising first graders each year and follow them until they graduate high school, and then into college.
Our afterschool program is wholistic serving each child's MIND, BODY and SOUL
MIND - ACADEMIC PROGRAM For our first through sixth grades, we “extend the school day” by completing homework, partnering our students with volunteers for individualized tutoring and providing academic enrichment that will support what each student is learning in school.
For our seventh through twelfth grades, we continue to focus on academics through tutoring but also practice soft skills, character development and leadership skills.
Our high school students also focus on college readiness through building their school resumes, increasing GPAs, attending professional SAT/ACT tutoring, and participating in college tours throughout the spring.
BODY - FOOD PROGRAM "What is one of the most prominent obstacles hindering the child's learning process? Hunger! Chronic hunger can prevent students from making the most of a formal education, no matter how hard they try to ignore its effects. The sad truth is that hunger can have physical and psychological effects on young people that make learning substantially difficult. Food is the fuel necessary to get through a normal day. Calories in food provide energy to carry out regular day-to-day activities. Without an adequate amount of this energy, students may fall asleep in school or lack the energy to pay attention to an entire day of classes." - 2014 Borgen Report
With food security being an issue for some families, Teach My People feeds our students a healthy snack each day and dinner each night before they head home. During our summer program, we provide a healthy breakfast and lunch to our students daily. Last year we started packing to-go meals for our families with younger siblings not yet in our program. We consistently have families take the extra food we give out each night. We also host a weekly cooking club for interested students that teach fundamental skills in both nutrition and cooking. This helps equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to better provide for themselves and their families in the kitchen.
SOUL - DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM Teach My People has 13 staff members (and growing) who consider Teach My People a ministry that reflects Christ's love to our students. It is a blessing to have a staff that sees their role beyond a job and more as a ministry.
In addition, Teach My People teaches 10 student values throughout the year during our weekly Bible study time using our acrostic: RESPECTFUL (See below). These values are not just a great foundation for each student to possess, but give opportunities for our staff to disciple our students on a regular basis.
TEACH MY PEOPLE STUDENT VALUES
R - I will be RESPONSIBLE for my words and actions.
E - I will be ENTHUSIASTIC toward my goals.
S - I will be STEADFAST and true to my words.
P - I will be PLEASANT by using my manners at all times.
E - I will be ENCOURAGING to others.
T - I will be THANKFUL for everything given to me.
F - I will be FAITHFUL to Jesus Christ.
U - I will be UNDERSTANDING of others and all situations.