Healthy Cities Tutoring helps kids who struggle to succeed in school. Community volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for children to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning and self-esteem.
Healthy Cities Tutoring began in 1996 as a dream of school and community leaders seeking to support children and families in San Carlos. This intergenerational program was piloted at one elementary school in early 1997 and quickly expanded to provide support to struggling students at seven schools in the San Carlos School District.
In January of 2014, services were initiated at Clifford School in the Redwood City School District. Healthy Cities Tutoring was invited by the school principal to support the at-risk students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In 2015 services were expanded to Connect Community Charter School and Fair Oaks Community School in Redwood City in partnership with the Sheriff’s Activity League.
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Established
Healthy Cities Tutoring was administered by the City of San Carlos for the first thirteen years. Due to increased budget demands placed on both the City of San Carlos and the San Carlos School District, the program lost most of its funding in June, 2011. The community and its many supporters did not want the program to disappear with the loss of funding.
Recognizing the significant need for the program for the hundreds of children and families that benefit from the one-on-one support provided by the community volunteers, the program was reestablished as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in September 2011. Health Cities Tutoring is committed to ensuring every child has the support necessary to achieve to their full potential; we know that their achievement creates a healthy, safe and thriving community.
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Schools served 2020-2021
- Arundel Elementary School, San Carlos
- Brittan Acres Elementary School, San Carlos
- Heather Elementary School, San Carlos
- White Oaks Elementary School, San Carlos
- Arroyo Upper Elementary School, San Carlos
- Mariposa Upper Elementary School, San Carlos
- Central Middle School, San Carlos
- Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos
- San Carlos Charter Learning Center, San Carlos
- Clifford School, Redwood City
- Connect Community Charter School, Redwood City
- Henry Ford Elementary School, Redwood City
- Kennedy Middle School, Redwood City
Board of directors
- Michael Garb, President
- Jay Strauss, Vice President
- Roy Dorling, Treasurer
- Debbie Denton, Secretary
- Roger Bodamer, Board Member
- Daniel Guhr, Board Member
- Lauren Pachkowski, Board Member
- Karen Molinari, Executive Director
- Donna Becht, Founding Director
- J.R. Bae, Special Projects
- Janelle Gibson, Program Coordinator (for Clifford, Connect, Henry Ford, Kennedy)
- Emily McLuhan, Program Coordinator (for Arundel, Arroyo, Charter, Mariposa, Tierra Linda)
- Bridget Schum, Program Coordinator (for Brittan Acres, Arroyo, Central, White Oaks)
- Raquel Seifert, Program Coordinator (for Clifford, Connect, Henry Ford, Kennedy)
- Saskia Teerink, Program Manager/Coordinator (for Arundel, Arroyo, Central, Heather, Mariposa, Tierra Linda, White Oaks)
- Cynthia Wiggin, Tutor Training and Engagement