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EYC open for free tutoring/Fun Fridays


After working at the Essex Youth Centre this summer through the Canada Summer Jobs program, Coordinators Tauner Martin and Bryanna Currie proposed the EYC Board allow them to offer free tutoring and Fun Fridays throughout the school year, which they are now doing. 

by Sylene Argent

For the past few years, area teens have only had access to the Essex Youth Centre (EYC) during the summer months.

  This school year, however, the Essex Youth Centre is open for free tutoring on Monday and Thursday evenings, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is also open from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Fun Fridays.

  Bryanna Currie, a third-year Nursing student at the University of Windsor, and Tauner Martin, a University of Windsor Sociology graduate, who is now pursuing a Teaching Certificate, proposed the tutoring program and the Fun Friday events to the Essex Youth Centre Board, which approved their suggestion.

  Currie and Martin coordinate the programs, and are excited to not only give youth a safe place to have fun, but provide assistance in their academic endeavours.

  The duo got the idea for the programming as they both worked for the EYC over the summer.

  The EYC Board, they said, provided the necessary funds to support their programming idea for the entire school year, through money raised.

   Anyone, aged 12 and over, is welcome to attend the tutoring sessions or Fun Friday programming, which is planned to have a different theme each week. The duo offers tutoring for a variety of high school subjects, including math, biology, chemistry, calculus, and even a few college/university classes.

If there is a need, there could be an opportunity to expand the number of nights a week the EYC is open.

  “So far, so good,” Currie said of the newly scheduled programming.

Moving forward, Currie and Martin hope to find a way to offer a few high school students a chance to work off community service hours.

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