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By Donna Becht
The San Carlos Youth Advisory Council (YAC) recently met and voted to donate $250 to support the Healthy Cities Tutoring. The YAC is a volunteer group of middle school and high school students appointed by the San Carlos City Council. The group’s role is to advise the Parks and Recreation Department and the Youth Center staff on activities, events and programs that will best address the needs of San Carlos youth.
Healthy Cities Tutoring (HCT) helps kids who struggle to succeed in school. Community volunteers provide one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to children to increase their academic success and self-esteem. The program began in 1997 and serves over 150 children annually at six San Carlos schools.
The Youth Advisory Council chose to support the work of Healthy Cities Tutoring and recognize the success of the program helping students in San Carlos. Members of the YAC also participate as tutors in the program.
Approximately 1/3 of the volunteer tutors involved in Healthy Cities are high school students who provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Another 1/3 of the program’s volunteers are senior citizens and the remaining 1/3 are parents, business and community members.
Alex Kumamoto, Chair of the YAC, along with Mike Becker Youth Development Coordinator at the San Carlos Youth Center presented the YAC’s donation check to Healthy Cities Tutoring’s Executive Director, Donna Becht, following the decision of the YAC to support the organization.
Mike Becker states, “We are so pleased to give this donation to Healthy Cities Tutoring. This program is such a tremendous asset to our youth, families and community.”
Healthy Cities Tutoring is a 501(c)(c3) nonprofit that relies on donations and grants to support its work in the community. To learn more about HCT, visit the organization’s website at: www.healthycitiestutoring.org. To learn more about the Youth Advisory Council, click here.