Motivation is a big factor and many lack motivation because they find the work difficult, they don’t have anyone to help them at home, they don’t have anyone giving their undivided attention. So when our college students have come in to work with them, their motivation has skyrocketed. They want to get that work done. They look forward each week when the tutor comes back and they ask their teacher over and over again ‘when is he coming?’ or ‘when is she coming?’.
The kids that I tutored didn’t get a lot of time at home with their parents helping them, or with their siblings helping them, so I think our one on one time really helped them. I got to be a stable thing in their life and I think it really mattered to them.
The small stipend I get enables me to not have to choose whether to buy my prescription or to have enough food for the month. Plus, being with the kids helps me keep my mind active.
I don’t know what the schools would do without foster grandparents. Foster Grandparents are another set of eyes in addition to lots of hugs and encouragement for the children. When parents visit, they want to meet the person named ‘Grandma’ their child talks about. I wish we had more foster grandparents at our center!