Charity Projects Entertainment Fund/America Gives Back Supports Power Hour- A Proven Homework Program – in Boys & Girls Clubs
(Jackson, Mississippi) (April 24, 2015) – In response to the call for more effective homework assistance programs for low-income youth, Charity Projects Entertainment Fund/America Gives Back (CPEF/AGB) is providing $25,000 grants to support the continued implementation of Power Hour in 180 Boys & Girls Clubs in communities with high poverty rates across the country.
The highly successful homework assistance program, implemented by Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi, helps young people come to view homework as an opportunity to learn to work independently, complete projects on time and feel positive about their accomplishments.
“We are grateful to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund/America Gives Back for enabling us to continue utilizing such a high-quality homework assistance program like Power Hour,” Penney King, President/CEO, of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “So many of the children we serve simply do not have access to the resources necessary for successful homework completion, which is critical to their everyday academic success.”
Power Hour: Minutes Count is an interactive, after-school homework assistance program for children ages 6-18. Unlike assignments done in class, Power Hour work is conducted in a non-threatening and fun after-school environment using adults or older students, who serve as “Homework Helpers,” to supervise completion of Club members’ homework.
In addition to homework help, these staff or volunteers offer age-appropriate activities to stimulate Club members’ interest in learning. By explaining the relevance can enable us to enjoy reading the newspaper, volunteers help Club members learn to value the knowledge homework can bring. Power Hour’s long-term goals are to ensure that youth ensure that youth graduate from high school, pursue postsecondary educations and become life-long learners.
“On behalf of the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund/America Gives Back, we are very proud of our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Rick Scott, Director, CPEF/AGB Board. “Through Power Hour, Clubs can continue their support and commitment to helping children reach the true ‘Power of their Potential.'”
Among the available research on the importance of after-school homework assistance is a recent study conducted by the U.S. Justice and Education Departments. In Working for Children: Safe and Smart After-School Programs (2000), experts reported , “children who are left alone when school ends have more difficulties with their class work than those who participate in after-school programs. Not only is the latter group of students more likely to succeed academically, they are also much more self-confident.” Other studies have linked after-school homework assistance programs to improved behavior at school and an overall increased interest in learning.
About Charity Projects Entertainment Fund/America Gives Back
CPEF/AGB (www.cpefund.org) is a charitable organization established in December 2006 to raise money and awareness to help combat extreme poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world, particularly in Africa. CPEF/AGB’s mission is to use the power of entertainment to drive positive change to achieve its vision of creating a just world free from poverty. CPEF/AGB is inspired and supported by the UK charity that invented Red Nose Day.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of some 4,300 neighborhood-based facilities, with 4.8 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children ages 6 to 18, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys 7 Girls Club programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career exploration, health and life skills, the art and sports, fitness and recreation. National headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia.