"Youth of Duluth" Seeing Better Grades

By KBJR News 1

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The director of a Duluth youth program mixing studying and basketball says he seeing better grades from his students.

For students that have been with the "Youth of Duluth Program" for about a year, statistics show average math scores have increased by five points and reading by 15 points.

The after-school program is part of the fight to close the achievement gap in Duluth and brings college students and volunteers in to help tutor the kids.

"Sit down with the kids, help them with homework, you know, look for the ones that are stuck...Now, I get to ask about life and how their day is going," said volunteer Fred Swanson.

"Programs like this that touch after-school hours, weekend hours, and summer session really bring a lot to reinforce the education that's going on in the classroom," said Ron Hagland of the Office of Education Equity for ISD 709.

Hagland also noted the discipline and character qualities kids learn in the program.

The summer program for Youth of Duluth starts in mid-June.

For contact information for Youth of Duluth email:

or call:
218-727-8653 (Office)
414-213-1606 (Cell)

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