Study Connection begins 21st year - September 08, 2009

Record Number: 5302
Displayed from: Sep 08, 2009 , until: Sep 18, 2009

Study Connection will kick off its 21st year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 11. Yvette McGee Brown, President of The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Children's Hospital, a collaboration between Children's Hospital and the Columbus (Ohio) Coalition Against Family Violence, will lead the celebration breakfast as the keynote speaker. She will join hundreds of supporters, volunteers and prospective volunteers in celebrating more than two decades of Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program. Study Connection began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. In the last two decades an estimated 10,000 students have gone through the program. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who need academic assistance. Students and volunteers meet weekly after school for one hour during the school year with 79 percent of the students bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. This not only gives students a chance to receive some extra homework help, but also meet a mentor in the community and learn about local career opportunities. Study Connection has been replicated in other cities across the nation, including Clinton, Iowa, where the Governor recognized it as the 2000 Volunteer Program of the Year. In 2007, Study Connection received the Indiana Youth Institute Award for investing in youth. As president of The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, McGee Brown is working to break the cycle of violence that engulfs many young people. She was formerly a judge in the Franklin County (Ohio) Court of Common Please, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court. She began her public service career as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General and went on to become the Chief Counsel of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and then Chief Counsel of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The Study Connection breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Ceruti's, 6601 Innovation Blvd. Attendance at the breakfast is by invitation only. Media are invited to cover the event.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.