After working with parents to address basic family needs, and schools and community partners to ensure equitable approaches to learning and engagement; supporting a student’s educational development becomes relatively simple.
For Students, we focus on three primary areas:
- Individualized Educational Assessment, Interventions, and Supports
- Interest Aligned Enrichment Opportunities
- College Access and Completion Assistance
Our work is student constant and what we provide from one student to the next can vary.
- Advocating for students with IEPs, 504 plans, or suspected learning differences to ensure interventions are appropriate and effective.
- Coordinating private tutoring and psycho-educational assessment to better understand a students’ learning profile.
- Supporting school transfer to ensure students attend the school that best fits their academic and personal needs.
- Leveraging scholarships for students to attend enrichment activities that pique their interests.
- Providing uniforms and equipment for after-school activities.
- Networking relationships to ensure students have the opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills through activities that may be out of their comfort zone; like glass blowing or sleep-away camp.
- Ensuring students have access to supportive adults (parents, coaches, mentors) and peers.
- For motivated students at highest risk of failure in school, or those living in dangerous circumstances, OpenDoors provides cell phones on a case-by-case basis so that students can communicate with staff and other supportive adults.
- Enrolling students in one of our own programs: Saturday Math Club, One Neighborhood Arts, or the @ODA Afterschool Homework Lab.
- As students reach driving age, we coordinate access to drivers ed, direct driving instruction, and personally owned cars so they can hold a wider array of jobs and travel back and forth to college.
For High School Juniors, Seniors, and College Students moving To & Through college, we have provided:
- Coordination, accommodations, and payment for SAT/ACT testing.
- Collaboration with college advisors and other programs on FAFSA, school applications and essays, college tours, budget planning, and other preparatory activities.
- Scholarship funding to be applied to any needs: Tuition, Fees, Books, Supplies, Housing, Transportation, Food, etc.
- Ongoing financial coaching, credit monitoring, and advocacy for students with learning differences.