Education for Life

Overview

Education For Life (EFL) offers comprehensive education assistance to over 100 at-risk youth, making a long-term commitment to their growth and development from pre-school to post high school studies. The goal of EFL is to see youth succeed by providing an educational and mentoring support system aimed to decrease deviant behavior such as truancy, drug abuse and gang activity and increase educational aspirations.

EFL offers:

  • One-on-one mentoring.
  • An on-site preschool, Katy’s Kids.
  • Case management and tutoring.
  • Educational advocacy, school follow-ups, including tracking grades, and attendance.
  • As youth enter high-school, additional services are offered such as jobs development and counseling.
  • College Access Services give high school students scholarship and college application assistance.

Mentoring

One of the most successful components of the EFL program is the one-on-one mentoring. Children and youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade reap the benefits of having a caring adult come along side them and support them in their educational and personal goals. Youth who have been matched with their mentor for a year or more show significantly more improvement in the following areas: Emotional and behavioral stability, academic progress, and relationship skills development.

Katy’s Kids Preschool

Our onsite preschool is made up of two classrooms serving a total of 30 children. Early childhood is a crucial time for brain development and children who have more exposure to age appropriate early experiences will be more ready to enter school. Monday through Friday, these children are exposed to activities and learning that develop their brains, including science, mathematics, reading, creative play, art, and other initiatives. Our warm, flexible environment fosters wonder, curiosity and life long learning.

Wayne and Kit Danley Scholarship Fund

Founded in 2007, the Wayne and Kit Danley Scholarship fund has provided college scholarships to __ youth who have grown up in NM programs. Each scholarship recipient receives a personal “coach” who helps them in their collegiate goals, ensuring their post-secondary success.

How You Can Help

  • Mentor a child
  • Coach a scholar
  • Tutor
  • Donate classroom supplies
  • Teach a special activity or read to preschoolers (requires fingerprint clearance card)