Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partners with Saga Education on Evidence-Based Tutor Training Program

by | May 13, 2022 | News / Interviews | 0 comments

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With support from Comcast NBCUniversal, Boys & Girls Clubs will train volunteers and staff to better support learners.

Saga Education, the national nonprofit behind one of the most effective personalized tutoring programs in the country, has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide Saga Coach, an evidence-based tutor training program. The training will be delivered to more than 400,000 volunteers and staff to assist Club members with improving their grades.

Saga Coach is a free, self-paced online training portal that covers the essential components of effective tutoring. The training is based on Saga’s experience as a proven implementer of high-dosage, high-impact tutoring programs serving thousands of students in major U.S. school districts. The program offers 19 modules of self-paced training on key areas that make tutors successful, including building relationships with students and structuring an effective tutorial.

“Saga Coach provides tutors with the foundational skills needed to become effective tutors. It’s a game-changer. Its impact is enormously effective and far-reaching, and it goes way beyond math. Our research has shown that young people see an overall improvement in grades and self-confidence,” said Krista Marks, chief product officer for Saga Education.

Susan Ciavolino, education director of Boys & Girls Clubs, said, “It’s our priority to support the local Boys & Girls Clubs with resources to support our youth, especially during the learning disruptions experienced during the pandemic. The partnership with Saga Education will be an important tool for volunteer recruitment, training, and curriculum needed to ensure that staff are equipped to address their needs.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs support children all over the nation, and with Saga’s success in tutoring, we saw it as a natural alignment of their respective work and our strategic imperative to advance digital equity. The training program is a valuable resource for teens to improve their learning and unlock their potential,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation.

“One of the primary hallmarks of our program is about building relationships,” said A.J. Gutierrez, co-founder of Saga Education. “We offer personalized, consistent, caring and best-in-the-world tutorials for underserved youth. We can customize the online experience for organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs to fit their specific needs.”

Research from the University of Chicago’s Urban Lab shows that Saga has a significant impact on young people’s learning levels. Students learn 2.5 years of math in one year, and math failure rates are reduced by 63%. In addition, non-math courses have shown improvement as well.

-PR Newswire


May 2022