Commend Summer Educational Program for Helping At-Risk Children Thrive

Target: Building Educated Leaders for Life

Goal: Commend Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) for offering a summer learning program for at-risk youth in Baltimore

To help serve at-risk youth in the community, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) has begun offering a summer program designed to aid disadvantaged students and help them reach academic proficiency while exploring educational and career goals in a fun way.

The program runs five days a week from 8:30am to 2pm and provides English, math, and science classes to disadvantaged youth who were recommended to repeat a grade.  They are placed into small, single-sex classrooms and guided through their studies with the hopes of advancing to the next grade level when fall starts.  In 2012, 83 percent of the students advised to be held back when summer first started were instead promoted to the next grade level, indicating a high level of success with BELL’s teaching methods.

Students in the program praised the way it was run, saying that it made learning fun and that teachers were willing to help them solve their problems.  Many remarked that they were inspired to do better by the teachers in the program.

By signing this petition you will help commend Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) for offering summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth so that they will have a chance for the opportunities that their more privileged peers have and get a chance to realize their true potential.


To Building Educated Leaders for Life:

I would like to commend you for helping our nation’s disadvantaged youth reach their full potential by offering them summer learning opportunities.  Statistics show that 83 percent of the students in the program were promoted to the next grade level at school instead of being held back as they were initially assigned to, showing that your educational model has truly made a difference in these young lives.

We appreciate your efforts in educating our nation’s children and in helping these children realize their potential and build their confidence. We hope that the program will continue to expand in the future for disadvantaged children nationwide.


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