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Aspires West Pasadena Launches “EFFECTIVE” After School Program

Registration for the Aspires West Pasadena" Student Success" program will officially begin August 13, 2012 at the Grace Community Center, 119 East Washington Boulevard, (Lower Level) Pasadena, California 91103, (626) 797- 0789. Aspires is a partner with the Cooperative Ministries at Scott United Methodist church, with other churches, Pasadena Unified Schools, Pasadena City College, community organizations and businesses. It is expanding its services beginning Fall 2012. President/CEO, Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs welcomes the opportunity to discuss the program or provide additional information.

The Aspires program primary purpose is to instill values, develop and implement needed educational support and social skills in the lives of students in order for them to be successful in life. We are seeking to fulfill this purpose through Personalized Educational Methods (PEM) blended with mentorship, family support and services. The program utilizes the vast resources of wisdom and experience that mature, young and older adults possess, to guide young people through the critical stages of their lives.

Moreover, high tech computers will be used for academic training with coaches assisting through tutoring, sharing career opportunities and counseling. Other resources are offered that will enable students to complete a high school education, to be fully prepared for entrance into higher education, and pursue careers of their choice.

A variety of classes (Supplemental Instruction) will be offered such as: Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, etc.), Mathematics (arithmetic, geometry, algebra, calculus, etc.) Computer Technology, Parenting Exchange, and Life Skills & The Law.

The overall schedule will be: Supplemental Instruction on Monday thru Thursday, 3 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Friday's to be reserved for special events.

Consequently, parents may go on-line at the Aspires West, Pasadena site and register their children and/or themselves. You may also register in person August 13 through August 15, 2012, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration will continue August 25 through August 29, 2012.

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, reminds us that "generations to come, the power of education to develop good character and put young people on the right path remained a cornerstone of American thought about teaching our children." It is well known that educating children still benefits the whole community.

To register online or read more information, go to:  https://sites.google.com/site/aspireswestpasadena/home.



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