A Message from our Executive Director
Addressing life’s day-to-day challenges requires basic math fundamentals — fundamentals that many people never learn in school. Thanks to an incredible volunteer tutor base and a dedicated board and staff, Top Honors has been teaching math fundamentals for free to middle school students in New York City for over ten years. But we recognize that middle school students in New York City are not the only ones who need our help. This is the perfect time for us to expand our geographic and demographic reach, which is exactly what we intend to do.
During the 2002-2003 school year, Top Honors served less than 30 students with a small volunteer tutor base. Ten years later, the number of students served has grown to 123. Equally important, during the 2011-2012 school year, our tutor base grew to 91, allowing more individualized attention for students than ever before. As a result, the 61% overall academic gains that our students demonstrated based on initial and final assessments was the highest in the history of Top Honors. This is an achievement that our hard-working students, tutors, staff, and board should be extremely proud of.
In December, we launched our new website (www.tophonors.org). For the first time, students, parents, and tutors can view our full calendar, access our new blog, and download useful information. In addition, our new video can be viewed on our website, and we expect to have a media kit available for download soon. As part of our 2011-2012 focus on streamlining operations, prospective parents and tutors can now fill out applications through our website, cutting down on time and paperwork.
In June, we held our most successful fundraiser ever. The sold-out event was attended by over 150 people and brought in nearly $12,000. We will use these funds to continue to develop our curriculum by creating new lessons, worksheets, assessments, and games, but also to pursue strategic relationships with new partners that will allow us to expand our geographic reach beyond New York City and our demographic reach beyond middle school students. As an exciting first step, in response to overwhelming demand from parents of Top Honors students, we plan to pilot an adult tutoring program (starting with parents) at our New York City location this fall.
We are grateful for the support of our donors and volunteers, without which the important work we do would not be possible. We hope that you will continue to support us as we find creative ways to expand our impact in the next ten years.