Through our Peacemakers program, we provide substantial in-school and after-school support to 2,900 elementary-school students in seven traditional public schools in the Zone. We have over 100 Peacemakers—college-aged AmeriCorps members—committed to at least a year of community service.
During the school day, they serve as teacher aides and, thus, as a much-needed additional adult presence to help provide relief in the classroom for the public-school teachers, who would not typically have a teaching assistant assigned to them. Peacemakers assist with academic support as needed, both one-on-one and in small groups. They then transition with students to the after-school program, providing continuity and helping with homework and tutoring.
Working with kids from the time they arrive in the morning to the time they leave at night helps the Peacemakers learn our students’ academic strengths and weaknesses, gain insight into their emotional well-being, and mediate between their teachers and parents to ensure that they receive the support they need across the board.
The Peacemakers not only assist with schoolwork, but also help support the growth of the entire child, overseeing a range of fitness and enrichment activities, including chess, horticulture, soccer, and flag football. They also organize fun family activities, such as game nights and karaoke, to engage parents and help them get more involved in the education process. During the summer, Peacemakers run a free all-day summer camp to keep kids safe, engaged, and on track.
Above all, the Peacemakers give our kids consistency—a steady support to guide them on their academic journeys, each and every day, each and every step of the way.