A love for learning is one of the greatest gifts you can offer your child. We asked four students who have been helped by Marin educational nonprofits for advice on how to embrace school and pave a path toward college readiness.
Student: Noah Haynesworth
Program: Bridge the Gap
Recent UC Davis graduate Noah Haynesworth received after-school academic support from Bridge the Gap while attending Tam High.
“Having a supporting cast within your academic journey is crucial in every endeavor. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and guiding us students is no different! At Bridge the Gap, you can find that tutor, teacher assistance, classmate, friend to make your academic life that much easier.”
Student: Natalie Nong
Program: Bridge the Gap
BTG programs also provided San Jose State University student Natalie Nong with educational support, college application and scholarship guidance, and the inspiration to pursue animation.
“Learning is all about exploring and I think it is important to encourage children to explore passions on their own. Invest your time wisely: join clubs or sports that you like, participate in extracurriculars that really interest you, and talk to other people that are more knowledgeable in things you’re passionate about.”
Student: Hanan Jejo
Program: 10,000 Degrees
College of Marin (COM) student Hanan Jejo received college prep and scholarship support from 10,000 Degrees, as well as continued mentorship while at COM.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t pressure the student. Try to understand what kind of major will fit the student; don’t just say be a lawyer or be a doctor. Let the kids decide what they want to do and try to be there to guide them. Children in every major will be successful if they are focused on it and interested.”
Student: Malachia Hoover
Program: The Hannah Project
It was through the Hannah Project’s college tour that Malachia Hoover was inspired to attend California State University, Northridge, where she received two degrees before starting her PhD candidacy at Stanford.
“As a child, my mother always told me I was going to be a doctor and she always supported my desire for learning. These words became manifested in my psyche and gave me the inner confidence I needed to excel in school. Now as a mother myself, I will instill these positive affirmations into my children daily and try to make learning fun to them by performing activities like DIY science projects.”