What RFT Does
Mission: To improve the three A’s of Academics – Attitude, Attendance, Achievement – of academics in rising high school youth and to increase the size of the qualified applicant pool for competitive colleges, universities, and professional careers.
The RFT Strategy:
The program targets rising high school freshmen (generally, eighth graders) who have the capacity to excel in school but whose current grades or scholastic achievement do not reflect this potential.
The strategy employed is based on the observation that the pre- and early high school years are critical years in a young person’s life that frequently determine their academic future and life opportunities, but that all too often students who may have been enthusiastic, above average performers in school up to this point lose their interest in school, resulting in poor academic performance which never recovers.
RFT aims to intervene during these critical years to help a student maintain his or her enthusiasm for and momentum towards academic and personal excellence, first by giving the student a first hand look at the interesting and enjoyable opportunities that good grades in high school can open up for them, and then by helping them reach these goals throughout their high school years and into the college or academy application process.
RFT Uses Existing Public and Private Resources to:
- Inspire all youth and especially “at risk” youth
- Empower local adults and existing Community Based Organizations (CBOs to complement the efforts of parents and schools
- Inform young people about higher education and training opportunities
- Use a service academy or college experience to help students set academic and professional goals for the future
RFT Provides Real World Instruction in “High School Relevancy 101”:
- Raises the bar for all students early in their academic career
- Eliminates excuses for failure by providing access to live and on-line academic enhancement tools
- Encourages students to make wise choices and develop a plan of action for future success
RFT Offers Modules / Programs for Further Development:
- K-12 Academic Curricula: www.extralearning.org
- Individualized, online academic support
- Extra learning compliments local curricula
- E-books, online testing, CDs and Video lessons provided and available
- A viable alternative to attending summer school
- Daily Online Tutoring: www.tutor.com
- Live tutor after school, on-line
- Difficult homework and academic concepts are reviewed with skilled educators
- Test Taking, Study Skills, Reading Improvement
- Administered by former USAF Academy Prep School instructor
- Triple reading speeds within 60 days with 90% comprehension
- One letter grade improvement (following techniques) is expected
- Pre-SAT/ACT Training
- Administered by local teachers trained in the Thompson-Peterson’s “Get Wise” Program
- 18 hours classroom instruction
- RFT Summer Programs
- College Immersion
- The projected outcome for students is academic excellence and attitude improvement
RFT Helps Students By:
- Identifying and establishing goals attainable through education.
- Involving adult volunteers, mentors, teachers, professors from leading colleges and universities, military academies, and federal facilities.
- Sending groups of students to travel out of town for one week during the summer.
- Administering and scoring pre/post trip and mid-year surveys to ensure students are reaching their goals.
- Tracking students’ performance for up to three years, providing guidance and support throughout their high school careers, including encouraging and guiding students through the SAT preparation and test taking process.
- Working with students to develop a resume that will make them a competitive prospect as they apply to Universities and Military Academies.
- Working with students to pursue after school jobs or summer internships that complement potential career goals.
- Conducting follow-up and impact analysis activities with participating students, including encouraging and preparing them to participate in a second Reach For Tomorrow summer program between 9th and 10th grade.
RFT’s Targeted Student Group:
- Grades 7-9
- C average (but capable of better)
- Those you would trust alone in your own home
- Completed at least 25 hours community service
- Interviewed with RFT volunteers- local adults
- One RFT trained adult chaperon per team of 5 students
RFT’s Relies on Volunteers:
- To assist students after receiving training from RFT to build on this shared, unique experience. The summer experience is a critical component of the subsequent academic tutoring and guidance programs, as this serves as the initial short-term goal for each student as well as an opportunity to bond with their Adult Volunteer. Click here to read the Volunteer Point of View.
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