The Village Method (TVM) grew out of 30 years of experience serving the community of Union City, California. This work began at Bethel Baptist Church, led by Pastor George M. Gaskins Jr. Bethel Baptist Church has worked for decades to create a village in Union City by providing scholarships and school supplies to youth, supporting community services, and hosting barbecues, concerts and weekly youth meetings.
The husband and wife team of Mark and Mahea Gaskins expanded Bethel’s work over the past decade by providing tutoring, mentoring, family advocacy and counseling services to their local community. Mark and Mahea saw the positive impact this work had on the community and realized they they needed to expand their effort further.
TVM’s founders understood that one reason many African American students struggle academically is that they feel like outsiders in their school system. Having grown up in the area and attended local schools, Mark and Mahea understood that a holistic approach that connected students to their studies and their community could help them succeed.
TVM was carefully developed through research and dialogue with students, parents and community leaders. The after-school program launched in 2014 and will double in size during the 2015-16 school year.
TVM works to empower young people to succeed by creating connections across the San Francisco Bay Area and providing direct, continuous service to students in Union City from sixth grade through high school graduation. As TVM progresses in 2015 and beyond, we remain dedicated to building a united community towards academic excellence, healthy living, social and cultural development and economic and financial literacy.
History of TVM
The Village method is in full swing in 2015. We host major events each month with community partners including, multiple Family Nights, 6th Grade Math & Science Workshop for teachers, Youth Intro to Math and Code, Logical Model Design, Parent Advocacy & Impact Meeting, Youth Field Trip to M.o.A.D. and Yerba Buena Gardens, Collected 18,683 can foods with the Alameda County Food Bank, Community Outreach – Justice & Equality Summit, TVM Back to School Camping Weekend