Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta is dotted with signs advertising SAT prep classes and other tutoring services, much of it geared toward the community’s sizable Korean population.
Still, academic extras that provide a number of students a leg up in school aren’t financially possible for some families and culturally foreign to others.
Now, a group of high-performing, high school volunteers are working to even the playing field, providing a free math tutoring program that is attracting dozens of students to New Song Church on La Crescenta Avenue each Friday afternoon.
“There are tutoring services in this neighborhood, of course, but they all charge money,” said 17-year-old Richard Cho, who will be a senior at Crescenta Valley High School next year. “We decided, ‘Well, there are plenty of smart kids at [Crescenta Valley]. Let’s organize them all in one place so we can tutor people for free.’”
The program launched in April under the umbrella of the Global Leadership Institute, an education-focused nonprofit with chapters in nearly two dozen Southern California school districts. The tutoring is open to all school-aged children, who are divided into small groups based on grade level.