Student Helps Homeless Youth Achieve Academic Success

Ravi_Mohan - FINAL profile pictureWhile Mohan Ravi served as a tutor at the Sulzbacher Center for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, he realized that the children he was tutoring were brilliant, but just needed to be challenged more. This led him to develop “Strategies for Success Boot Camp,” an innovative program for homeless youth.

Over the past two summers, Mohan has led the Boot Camp engaging youth in an assortment of activities and projects, including a pen-pal project with Red Cross International. Mohan led other exercises in letter writing, including letters about believing in yourself and what makes you, you. Throughout the Boot Camp, youth engaged in conversations about the meaning of community, success and choices and created 100 year charts about where they will be and what they will be doing. During the school year, Mohan has also taught sessions on how to take standardized tests, helping children prepare for the FCAT.

Mohan also gives a presentation to the parents of the children to share what the children have learned and what the parents can do to continue to foster academic success. Mohan has made a real and lasting impact in our community through the lives of these children and their parents. Mohan will receive the HandsOn Literacy Award at Celebrate!GOOD 2014.

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