Hunts Point Alliance for Children
About the Organization:
The Hunts Point Alliance for Children builds collaborative relationships that sustain and nurture neighborhood families and children. HPAC is fueled by the diverse resources, strengths and passions of its member agencies and the Hunts Point Peninsula community. They believe that the overall well being of the community is rooted in quality education, ongoing support, and the inspiration of our children.
About A-List’s Program at HPAC:
HPAC requested a comprehensive academic curriculum for their students, grades 9th-12th. A-List developed programming that included Reading & Writing Core Skills, Regents Prep, SAT Prep, and College Essay Workshops. All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students would enroll in the Reading & Writing Core Skills module every fall semester. This module was crafted to prepare them for their high school coursework and standardized college entrance exams. Students participated in activities specifically designed to help them recognize principal distinctions between informative and persuasive writing while advancing the overall goal of student engagement with different perspectives and higher level reading. In spring, students moved on to the Regents and/or SAT Prep, depending on their current grade level. Students learned various test-taking strategies, techniques and subject-specific content. The primary focus of these modules was to ensure that any substantial knowledge gaps are filled and that students applied their critical-thinking skills to difficult problems in order to find solutions. Finally, College Essay Workshops were offered to rising seniors. This module will employ frameworks and leverage various strategies that help students learn how to write an original, persuasive essay that will get attention of college admissions officers.
Dr. James M.
…There is a need for the type of program you have developed to be made available to every child regardless of income. This is why I have brought A-List into school districts I have been fortunate enough to lead: to train our teachers and provide the support necessary to improve our students’ scores.
A-List was engaging and substantive for our students. Each week our Dreamers were completely immersed in the class’s content…The sessions were poignant, enjoyable, and challenging and exactly what I had hoped for my Dreamers.
This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.