In 12 years, a Central Valley program has grown from tutoring just over one-hundred (100) students to almost five-thousand (5,000) today. Now "Give Every Child a Chance" is taking its hope to expand statewide to Congress.
"Give Every Child a Chance" started in Manteca. Now, it has spread to other San Joaquin County cities as well as Merced and Tuolumne Counties. It provides failing students with one-on-one tutoring.
Program Chief Carol Davis hopes to show California's congressional delegation how it's effective and why it should be expanded statewide.
DAVIS: "We really believe every child can be successful, the younger that you get them into tutoring, the easier it is to be successful in life and that's the whole premise of our program."
Four hundred volunteers from 11 to 92 years old provide two one-hour sessions per week. Manteca Schools Superintendent Jason Messer says "Give Every Child a Chance" has made a difference in test scores.
MESSER: "They have 75 percent of their participants making a year's worth of growth in a year. These are students that would historically have been going backwards."
The program is hoping for a letter of support from California's house members to help its grant application to expand.