COVID-19 BLM Learning Pods

There are several disparities impacting students of African ancestry and the schools they attend. This ever-widening achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students is made even worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of school shutdowns, projections are that children will lose up to two full years of learning and high school dropout rates will spike.

For underserved communities where resources are scarce, and families are overburdened, African American students are the most vulnerable to falling further behind.

Several companies and other non-profits asked BATA to create a learning program for Bay Area African American students.

Prompted by the reckoning on race our nation faced in the summer of 2020. The COVID-19 BLM Learning Pods program was born.

This initiative serves local K-12 children of African American essential workers, civil servants, teachers, and frontline employees. It provides them with academic coaching in small groups.

Coaching is from thoroughly vetted tutors using culturally responsive techniques.

The program also offers opportunities to take part in enrichment events and activities through partnerships with local organizations.

  • Learning how to create artwork of prominent African American figures
  • Attending a virtual tour of an urban farm
  • Virtual tours of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in an effort to encourage them to attend college

We recruit tutors from HBCUs and other institutions around the country. They are either tutors of color themselves or passionate allies of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tutors are supervised by a Site Director who manages the groups and ensures everything runs smoothly.

This program provides much-needed representation for the students by offering mentorship from tutors who look like them and/or are dedicated to seeing them succeed against any odds.

The program:

  • Affirms each student’s full potential
  • Helps students achieve academic prosperity
  • Exposes students to their rich cultural heritage
  • Assures the students’ parents, who work outside the home, that their children are in a safe and supportive environment

Your donation to support black student education in the Bay Area reduces the achievement gap and lessens the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable.

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