Project #2: Backfield in Motion

Goal: $10,000 | Raised: $81

Fund after-school literacy program for English Language Learning Students

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Who is Backfield in Motion?

The first organization we've partnered with is Backfield in Motion, BIM for short. Like Reezos, they believe that using sports and education together can provide at-risk youth with crucial opportunities for development. Using athletics as an incentive for academic improvement, BIM aims to develop literacy and numeracy skills that lead to graduation, higher education, and readiness for the world of work. Approximately 220 students, elementary school through high school, participate in BIM's after-school and summer programs where they receive academic instruction and tutoring from certified teachers as well as coaching for whichever sports are in season. Visit their website here.

Project Overview

BIM is faced with a unique challenge at Amqui Elementary School. How do they teach reading comprehension in English, when students do not yet comprehend the English language? Many students at Amqui are not native English-speakers and have parents who also do not speak English. It is uniquely difficult to get students to read at home if English isn’t spoken in the home. To tackle this challenge, BIM will apply a whole-family approach to support literacy intervention. BIM will offer extended learning classes focusing on literacy for students, as well as adult education classes for parents. By promoting parental engagement, BIM hopes to encourage reading in the home boosting each child’s reading ability at a young age. By providing them with $10,000 BIM will be able to hire two bilingual teachers who will work with parents and students for two hours each day for an entire school year. BIM will also be able to purchase books that reflect the culture of the students they serve.