Transcript for Virtual tutoring and summer camp for kids
bring me a higher love Over the past couple of months, two California teens have not only busy been focusing on their studies but also helping communities around the globe, 17-year-old friends Sarah Shapiro and Skye loventhal founded an initiative called the covid jrn nineteen project. Providing free virtual tutoring. Sara and Skye are here to tell us all about it. Thanks for all you're doing. Sara, tell us how the covid-19 project even got started. We have been best friends since we were 2 years old, we've always sort of been a dynamic duo. As daughters of educators we saw firsthand how students were struggling to adapt to distance learning. They no longer had one-on-one support to keep up with their school work. They didn't have an outlet their academic and artistic pursuits out of school. I called Skye, asked her to help on a project. To help our community. We recruited other local teens for our board. They became the foundation of our project. We're thankful for their dedication and hard work. Working together, we had a team of over 200 teen mentors and we speak in 14 different languages of instruction, we now have over 500 students worldwide in 11 different countries. If you could have seen my face while you were talking, my jaw was dropping. I'm so impressed. Skye, both your and Sara have a background in working with students. Tell us about some of the programs you're offering through your project. We currently offer free activities and one-on-one tutoring for students in first through fifth grade. Our summer schedule is running right now from 9:00 A.M. To 5:00 P.M. Pacific time, seven days a week, but our classes are accessible internationally. We host over 200 activities each week, ranging from academics such languages and sciences. Athletics such aso ga and athletics. That's absolutely incredible. Sara, what kind of feedback are you getting from the parents of these children? Parents have been so incredibly grateful for the services being provided by our project and they've truly been supportive every step of the way. I mean, even if there wasn't a pandemic going on, so many families would not have had access to a full-day summer camp seven days a week like this. The free programming that's being provided by our project is helping communities worldwide. Wow, and again, yes, it's free. Obviously, this is so many families can benefit from. People who are watching today, parents who are watching today, their big question is probably, how do we sign our kids up? Tell us how they can do that. So, parents can sign up on our website. On the activities and tutoring pages on our website, they can also sign up for our newsletter for updates and new announcements. And we post a lot of those updates and schedules on our Instagram at covid-19 project. And then also, for teens who are interested in getting involved, our new cycle of applications is opening today. Wow, where do you go from here, ladies? Honestly, we've learned so much from this experience and being able to create a foundation that's so large before the age of 18 it's truly taught us how we can make a difference in our communities. We really want to use what we've learned to inspire others to enact positive social change in their communities as well. Continue our own efforts to make change worldwide. Well, I'm certainly inspired. I know everyone who's watching is as well. I know so many parents out there, so grateful for the two of you and all the volunteers who make up your staff. Thank you, Sara and Skye. You guys are remarkable, remarkable young women. Thank you so much for having us.
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