by Sandy Chase
COVID-19 will not defeat us—especially when we have resources like our Future Leaders Academy (FLA) Scholars and alumni—embodying the UnidosNow mission: Elevating the quality of life of the Hispanic/Latino community through education, integration and civic engagement. Guest college students and current FLA members have come to rescue because they understand the difficulties our young students and parents face.
When COVID-19 hit us and forced us to stay home, many of our families needed to adapt to this new way of life, as they became “substitute” teachers, learning how to manage technology so their children could join online classes.
Many parents—unprepared and uncomfortable with their new role and concerned that their children were becoming demotivated—began asking for our help.
That’s when we turned to our scholars to tutor these students during the “New Normal” of online classes.
It’s a simple concept that our scholars understand and practice: “Give back to the community.” Almost immediately, they registered to help one or two young students. Methodically, we assigned students to our tutors, depending on the subjects they feel comfortable teaching. Now, our tutors are meeting once or twice weekly, helping students with homework while addressing their struggles with online learning.
We’re proud to say that elementary- and middle-school students and Parent Leadership programs are benefiting from this new support we are offering.
Someday, COVID-19 will be a topic in a history book. But because of our scholars, our young students will be making history.