Active Learning Program at the Phoenix Citadel
Piloted in June 1999, this successful literacy program was started to address the needs of low-income, primarily Hispanic, children. These children live in monolingual, Spanish-speaking homes, and therefore, they speak little English and have trouble learning to read and write in English. This program assists children with their literacy skills in order to increase their chances for success in school and in their future careers.
The Active Learning Program has provided a variety of learning opportunities to over 300 children in the Central Phoenix community. By collaborating with Arizona State University's Academic Community Engagement Services and Kenilworth Elementary School, The Salvation Army's Phoenix Citadel offers emerging literacy skills classes for infant through pre-school-aged children, and one-on-one after-school tutoring with ASU student-tutors for 3rd through 8th graders. In addition, eKIDZ engages 6th graders in the use of internet technology and web page design.
This program has grown to include classes for Hispanic adults. The program offers ESL classes, GED preparation classes, and job skills training for adults hoping to improve their English skills for increased employment opportunities.
In 2002, the program received the Mayor's Partnership Award for Community Improvement for its outstanding literacy programs!