Dare 2 Soar Community Partners
Dare 2 Soar tutors volunteer at several different tutoring sites or programs. Each site is unique, and as such we are able to better serve not only the community's needs, but also the interests and schedules of our tutors. The following is a brief overview of each of the sites we work with in Chester.
Note that, until further notice, tutoring will take place online due to public health concerns related to COVID-19.
Chester Eastside, Inc.
CEI is located on the east side of Chester, and offers a wide variety of services to the community, including GED classes, food pantries, a summer camp, and its after school tutoring program. CEI's after school program is the largest tutoring site, serving students ages 6-13. CEI welcomes tutors from Swarthmore College, Widener University, and Chester High School.
Tutoring provided Monday-Thursday
Chester Children's Chorus (CCC)
Dr. John Alston, former associate professor of music at Swarthmore College, founded the Chorus in 1994 to offer Chester children the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (NJ) Boys Choir. The chorus began with seven boys from one elementary school and currently has 130 boys and girls, ages 8-18, from every school in the district.
Today, the CCC numbers 130 children, ages 8-18, from every school in the city of Chester, PA. The mission of the Chester Children's Chorus is to provide an intensive, sophisticated, and joyful choral music experience to young people of the city of Chester and to support their academic achievement and personal development.
Chester Education Foundation (CEF)
CEF is a Local Education Fund (LEF) created in 1989 by a consortium of local and state leaders. The mission of the Chester Education Foundation is to support educational excellence and to promote community revitalization in the Chester Upland community. Through a variety of after-school programs, CEF’s aims to decrease dropout and increase educational achievement, including on-time graduation. The objectives of CEF’s school-based programs are to: increase student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics; improve school-related attitudes, behaviors and skills; increase parental involvement and increase graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates of participants.
Boys and Girls Club of Chester, PA
The Club serves boys and girls ranging from 6-18 years of age. The largest age group that it serves is in the age range of 10-14 years and they generally accommodate approximately 90 to 100 faces daily. The mission of the BGCC is to nurture the development of Chester youth and guide them along the path to future success by providing an environment that supports excellence in education, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.
Tutoring at BGCC will resume in Spring 2020.