Project Grow is Adopt-A-Family’s afterschool/summer program for at-risk elementary school students. Project Grow aims to reverse the debilitating effects of homelessness and poverty through a holistic approach centering on four core areas: academic support, emotional development, parental engagement, and life-enriching experiences.
Academic lessons complement the public school curriculum, often using hands-on experiential learning as reinforcement. The program provides one-on-one tutoring, promotes parental involvement, and offers free on-site mental health services to help students overcome trauma and behavioral issues. Project Grow also includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities, academic advising, life-enriching field trips, and recreation on the agency’s turf field and playground.
The program can serve up to 57 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. During the most recently completed fiscal year, only 69% of the students were on track to be promoted at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, but by June 2019, Project Grow’s intervention enabled 95% of the students to meet the academic benchmarks required to achieve promotion to the next grade level.