Asia Wesley has been Bridge for about a year and a half and started in October 2013. Asia is a part of the Pioneer Leadership Program at DU and began at Bridge because in the first year of the program, they are required to partner with an organization outside of the university to get volunteer hours. She explains, ”Naturally, I looked for organizations that had me working with children and education. I believe education is a powerful tool that no one can take away from you and I want to make sure that all children get an equal opportunity in obtaining a good education. The Bridge Project worked well with achieving this goal.” Even though this is her second year with the program, she continued to tutor because she adores the students! Her favorite part of the Bridge and its tutoring program is the enthusiasm of the students. “I love seeing how excited the students are to be tutored! It makes me feel great to know that the students are eager to get help with their homework and learn new things every day!” Asia has made great connections with her tutee, Nimo. “One piece of advice I would give to new tutors is to make personal connections with your tutee. I think making a personal connection is just as important as helping a tutee increase their reading levels. A good relationship with your tutee is essential in getting to know their strengths and weaknesses.” Asia loves working with Bridge’s staff and students because they make her excited to come in every day! Thank you so much for your time and dedication Asia!
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This month we would like to recognize Alison Delassus as our tutor of the month. Alison has tutored in the past with the Bridge Project and came back to tutor again this year. She works with a High School Senior named Embray Clarke this year. She is very understanding when Embray shows up late for some of her tutor sessions. We are so grateful for Alison’s dedication!
"Being a tutor at Bridge has been a great experience for me on several levels. Being able to encourage kids at a personal level, share life experiences, and expand their horizons beyond their scope on the world is most rewarding. It has also been a great learning experience. Being 65, going back to middle school has its challenges. Sometimes I am not as smart as a fifth grader. As I look back at my own education, the most import thing I learned, from my best teachers, was not the subject material, but their passion for knowledge and the subjects they thought. Accomplish that with my students: Priceless!" - David Tondreau