City Care Whiz Kids was founded in 1996 by Larry and Masie Bross. It is a faith-based, nonprofit, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk students in the Oklahoma City and surrounding districts. Our main focus is literacy due to our state and city's alarming illiteracy rate. Whiz Kids creatively addresses inner-city social and educational crisis by matching volunteer tutor / mentors with at-risk students. Meadowood Baptist Church has partnered with Crutcho Elementary School. Teachers select Whiz Kids because they are reading below their grade level and can benefit from a mentoring relationship.
Volunteer Tutors are paired with a child and meet weekly during the school year for a one-on-one after school tutoring session. We meet in Fellowship Hall at Meadowood Baptist Church each Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the school year. Volunteer tutors are greatly needed because if we do not have a tutor, that child in need cannot participate in the program.
Meadowood sends a bus to Crutcho School at 3:00 p.m. to pick up the children and bring them to the tutoring session. Each Whiz Kids session includes one hour of one-on-one tutoring, 10 minutes for snack time, and 20 minutes for Club Time (a group session that addresses character issues from a Biblical perspective and seeks to introduce kids to Jesus). After each session the children are driven home, which allows the tutor the opportunity to meet the child's family or caregiver. This is unique to the Whiz Kids program and gives tutors insight in understanding the child's home life and the obstacles they face.
Most tutors are with their child for one school year, however, some have mentored the same child for as long as five years. This is our third year (2012) to participate in the Whiz Kids program. Whiz Kids is always in need of volunteer tutors. Please contact Meadowood Baptist Church (405) 737-7684) if you would like to know more about Whiz Kids.