FSSY is Westchester’s leader in providing FREE academic support to public school students with help from our large pool of volunteers, most of who are adults 65 and older. These programs benefit both children and seniors by providing students in-need with free academic support AND seniors with the community engagement they need for healthy aging. FSSY Academic Support Programs include:
Students and Mature Adults Read Together (SMART) provides public school students who are achieving below grade level with weekly one-on-one, personalized tutoring and mentoring during the school day. FSSY trains volunteers 60 years old and older to use the most up-to-date approaches to literacy/academic support and mentoring.
Reading Buddies After School (RBAS) uses the SMART model, but the program takes place after school. RBAS brings senior adults, college and high school aged mentors into elementary schools to help students complete their homework and build their literacy, basic math and other academic skills.
Summer Reading Buddies (SRB) takes place in local public libraries and is designed to help prevent the loss of literacy skills that students often experience during the summer break, otherwise known as “summer slide”.
After School Programs provide licensed after school childcare for students at sites in the Yonkers City School District. Programs focus on homework help, social/emotional support, arts instruction, science, technology, engineering, and math learning (STEM), and recreation.
Enrichment Activities use fun, interactive, hands-on projects and experiences to stimulate students academically.
Parent Workshops offering a range of training, informational and interactive sessions to engage parents in their children’s academic, social and emotional development, as well as provide essential resources to support healthy families.