In March, WriterCoach Connection was providing writing coaching to 1500 students in middle and high schools in the East Bay. That abruptly ended on March 9 when we suspended our in-person coaching programs in all the East Bay schools we serve directly, out of an abundance of caution. All our schools closed 5 days later. Now we're coaching online and we're asking you to help our 1500 students in the East Bay and across the country.
We're a 19-year organization and we've been, to date, a local, low tech, but high connection nonprofit that's helped more than 35,000 students build their writing and critical thinking skills.
Three weeks ago we didn't have Instagram or Twitter accounts and our Facebook page was neglected. Many of our coaches have never used Zoom, but they were game to learn! We've never done a GoFundMe, so we're not slick here. And our website isn't pretty (yet), but we have some great stories about how we've helped students like James get into college. We know that what we do works and now we also know it works online.
In less than 30 days, we piloted and began online coaching sessions. As of May 30, we've coached more than 200 students with our new online program. We've learned how to keep them engaged (and coming back to see us) during distance learning. Our teachers are thrilled with this support so students don't lose ground building writing and critical thinking skills. All our online coaching is being provided FREE to students and schools from April 1 through September 30, with your support.
We focus on helping students in struggling communities who do not have access to high-quality writing support like tutors or other individualized attention. In many of the schools we support, over 70% of students receive school meal assistance. and our schools are already telling us they are likely to have little to no funding to support our programs in the Fall. But we are undaunted in our determination to continue assisting our students.
Now, more than ever, we need to invest in our children's education. Your donation will enable us to provide our programs through the summer and to coach 1500 students this coming school year. That translates into 6 hours of individualized writing coaching/student and 9000 hours we can spend helping middle and high school students gain the skills needed to graduate and build careers.
Thank you! Come visit us at www.writercoachconnection.org/online