EXCEL Program Services
Once a student is admitted, they are immediately given a personal advisor. Each student meets with their advisor bi-weekly. In this space the student and the advisor analyze and address the student’s holistic development which is inclusive of personal, educational, social, cultural, professional, financial, and spiritual issues. The advisor assists the student in setting personal goals, improving their time management, and providing options and opportunities for the students grow into their full potential. Advisors also have a relationship with students’ parents or guardians. The advisor speaks to parents and supports the parents/guardians in any way they can to help advance their child’s life, however, advising is confidential.
For 2 hours every day, academic tutors assist students with their homework in all subject areas. EXCEL has an “each one teach one” homework help methodology meaning that the tutor will show the student how to do a problem and then the student must teach the academic tutor the steps to solve a similar problem. Often times, the journey is more important than the destination and we want to make sure that students understand the process to solve problems and how to apply them to the real world.
Skill builders are workshops, classes and initiative designed to encourage participants with academic activities, discussions, and journaling. Skill builders develop valuable life skills such as study habits, communication skills, time management, money management, and critical thinking. Other skill builders seek to enhance the participant’s cultural awareness by educating them on current and historical people and events. Skill builders seek to enhance participant’s consciousness on issues that the public education does not.
Sierra Visions Literature Circle (SV Lit Cirlcle) A program designed to promote literacy, dialogue and discussion. Lit Circle Leaders will engage participants in discussion based forums and activities. We will explore contemporary and classic literature based on; heritage & culture, inspiration/religion, health and beauty, relationships, career and personal finance and self-help.
EXCEL Trainings: Trainings are designed to offer professional development workshops, for educators. The focus will be the development of teachers’ content knowledge and an expansion of teaching strategies. Programs will include lesson design, differentiated instruction, instructional needs, scaffolding, and eradication of route learning
Digital Village Tutorials: Provide students and teachers with the tools to explore and learn about internet via the World Wide Web for project and research based assignments. We will offer FREE trainings and internet access to ALL pupils and students with valid ID with access to the resources of the Internet and other online services.
A.R.I.S.E : is the student leadership wing of the EXCEL program. Workshops have been developed to address gender disparities in education and expose students to college preparatory materials, character building education, poetry, drama, debate teams, social justice, service learning, creative writing, photography, arts and crafts and creative writing. The students participate in a personal development process where they learn to organize for the advancement of their community.
Publication (Untitled) -Students will create a quarterly newsletter where they will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and express themselves through writing, art, and poetry. Students participate in a journalism workshop where they learn how to use various computer programs used for publishing, improve their grammar, and peer edit. At the end of the year students will also complete a publication project.
Events and Field Trips-Our monthly field trips include various college tours, community events, community service, youth conferences, and more. “The Sierra Leonean Youth Empowerment Conference for Teens” is a full day of empowerment conference where over 200 secondary school students will participate in academic, cultural, social, economic, and political workshops, debates, talent showcase and dance.
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