Reading Empowers

Saturdays | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm / 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

In partnership with Apex, Reading Empowers promotes literacy among 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students in New York City elementary schools through Saturday morning reading clubs. Volunteers engage students in reading age-appropriate material and facilitate discussions around the stories’ main ideas. The program goal is to instill an interest in reading at a very early age, with the hopes that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion.

Elementary Test Prep

Saturdays | 9:30 am – 11:30 am / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Elementary Test Prep Program equips 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for the statewide standardized English Language Arts (ELA) and Math exams, which determine placement in New York City public middle schools. The program goals are to provide academic support and teach test-taking strategies.

SAT Prep

Saturdays | Math: 10:00 am – 11:30 am / Verbal: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The SAT Preparation Program helps students prepare for the standardized college entrance examination by building skills and confidence in subject knowledge and test-taking strategies. The program consists of instruction and diagnostic exams. Classes are offered at a low-cost fee of $120 to New York City high school students. The fee covers eight instructional sessions, two professionally scored practice tests, and SAT Prep books and materials.

College Prep

(Apex Students Only)

The College Preparation Program equips students with appropriate resources and tools through a series of educational workshops. Workshop topics include the college application process, writing an effective personal statement, financial aid and scholarships, and career development.

Scholarship Awards

(Apex Students Only)

The Apex Outstanding Student Scholarship Awards are given annually to Apex high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence not only in academics, but also in community service. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum ‘B’ grade average and be currently participating or have participated in one or more Apex programs. Awards are used toward college tuition and/or related expenses. Applications are due in April.

In 2016, Apex established the Norman C.T. Liu Apex Scholarship Fund. Ten scholarships will be awarded annually for the next five years to help selected high school students attend a college or university.

 

Tutor FAQ

Roles of a Tutor

Tutors may take on different roles, depending on their students’ age and needs. They do some of the following:

  •         Provide academic support through set curriculum.
  •         Encourage students to try different approaches in solving problems.
  •         Discover and develop students’ strengths.
  •         Enhance students’ beliefs in their own potential and capacity for growth.

 

Tutor Qualifications

  •         Over the age of 21 and a college graduate.
  •         Commit to at least one semester on scheduled Saturday mornings.
  •         Open-minded and willing to learn.

 

Tutor Application Process

  1. Submit inquiry through this website or online application.
  2. Once we receive your application, Apex for Youth staff will schedule an interview with you.
  3. Get fingerprinted with the Department of Education (required).
  4. Attend a mandatory training.

 

Tutor Commitments

  1. Commit to at least one semester (Fall: September – June; Spring: January-April).
  2. Meet weekly on Saturday mornings for 2-hour shifts.
  3. Attend mandatory training workshop.
  4. Attendance Policy:
    1. Provide advance notice of absence.
    2. Volunteers with 3 or more absences may be asked to not continue tutoring.

 

Reading Empowers was formed for the sole purpose of improving literacy in New York City; specifically, our mission is to promote literacy among students in New York City’s elementary schools. We host Saturday morning reading clubs, in which trained adult volunteers engage students in reading age-appropriate material and facilitate discussions around the stories’ main ideas. Our goal is to instill in young students, at a very early age, an interest in reading, with the hopes that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion. – See more at: http://readingempowers.org/#sthash.qaPe6AQw.dpuf
promote literacy among students in New York City’s elementary schools. We host Saturday morning reading clubs, in which trained adult volunteers engage students in reading age-appropriate material and facilitate discussions around the stories’ main ideas. Our goal is to instill in young students, at a very early age, an interest in reading, with the hopes that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion. – See more at: http://readingempowers.org/#sthash.qaPe6AQw.dpuf
promote literacy among students in New York City’s elementary schools. We host Saturday morning reading clubs, in which trained adult volunteers engage students in reading age-appropriate material and facilitate discussions around the stories’ main ideas. Our goal is to instill in young students, at a very early age, an interest in reading, with the hopes that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion. – See more at: http://readingempowers.org/#sthash.qaPe6AQw.dpuf

QUESTIONS? CONTACT:

Elementary Test Prep
Angela Tse: angela.tse@apexforyouth.org

SAT Prep
Joe Yi: joseph.yi@apexforyouth.org