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The Village Method Launches Distance Learning Programs for Underserved Students in Response to COVID-19
The Village Method offers youth development, mentoring, and family engagement programming aimed to help underserved students reach their full academic potential
JANUARY 1, 2021 - The Village Method (TVM), is keeping underserved students in the San Francisco Bay Area academically engaged through distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March of 2020, COVID-19 restrictions led to the closure of schools. Opportunity gaps and challenges underserved students faced were then amplified. TVM saw the need for service and stepped up to help those students and their families navigate the unprecedented academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. TVM launched distance learning programs focused on academic mentorship, youth development, family engagement, and Afrocentric enrichment programming.
TVM strives to give every child the opportunity to be successful in elementary and middle school education. TVM’s ScholarPrep Nation program aims to prepare 8th - 12th graders for secondary collegiate education. Research has proven that when families are involved in a child's learning experience, their behavior, attendance, and grades are better. TVM’s launch of distance education programs and it’s Academic Support & Holistic Enrichment (ASHE) Afrocentric After-School Programming strives to help underserved students feel culturally welcomed and affirmed in their schools so they can succeed.
TVM is a community-focused organization whose partnerships reflect the needs of the community. Partnerships with The San Francisco Public Commission, Avila & Associates AECOM, "Back To The Roots" and Atlanta based “Natures Candy Farms” has helped TVM introduce young scholars to gardening and environmental literacy. TVM’s service is made possible in part by its partners that also include organizations like TJMaxx, The Safeway Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Oath, East Bay Community Foundation, The Taproot Foundation, and Catchafire.
The Village Method (TVM) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 grassroots organization, founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Mark and Mahea Gaskins. TVM is connecting African American youth and their families with local businesses, government, cultural institutions, and support services, so that they may achieve their full potential. TVM programs are created to reach the underserved Black youth and families of suburban South Alameda County, creating a holistic cycle where students progress to college, careers, and return to give back to their community. As the African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child and a community to keep the parents sane.” TVM is working to create that village within the San Francisco Bay area.