One privilege of my role as Executive Director of Success Through Self (STS) Academy is the time I spend with donors, supporters, staff and parents enjoying the many programs STS sponsors. Beyond the day-to-day management of budgets and programs, I get to meet the passionate people who make our organization so strong. It’s those people, people like you, who make a decisive difference for our children every day.
For grades K-5, we transformed a city owned, unused, 40′X 60′ greenhouse into the Butterfly Exhibit. Here students see the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. This is a natural environment, starting with the egg and ending with an adult butterfly.
This year, STS has had the opportunity to provide before and after school services at the middle schools in the Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD). This new opportunity has enabled us to bring back a variety of sports to the middle school program, reintroducing basketball, volleyball, football, track and soccer for the first time in over a decade. These activities provide healthy outlets, increased motor skills and act as a feeder for Pittsburg High School’s highly competitive sports programs.
Seeing the joy on a parent’s face as elementary and middle school students play soccer and other sports is overwhelming.
|Soccer is the most
popular sport in our large Hispanic community. Some thirty teams compete
in various sports throughout the school year. All uniforms and
equipment are provided by STS at no cost to parents.To assist our high
school students, STS has been awarded the prestigious 21st Century
Community Learning Center Grant for 2014-2019, bringing academic
tutoring, mentoring, career development/job placement and family social
services; including education and referrals to governmental and
community services.These are only a few of the many programs STS
provides for the youth and teens in Pittsburg year round. Other
programs are: The World Music and Art Festival, City Wide Spelling Bee,
Summer Camps, Driver Education, Computer Tech, Teens2Teach, Teen
Center, Free Produce Distribution and many more.
STS places its highest priority on student academic achievement. Through mentoring, tutoring and homework assistance STS will positively affect the achievement gap: Data shows that gaps in achievement exist at every level in our education system and early intervention affords the best chance for success. Our students API scores have risen by over 200 points.STS Academy, with the help of our supporters, seeks to offer students and their families academic assistance in a safe and fun environment and capture both the pragmatic thinking that guides our work as well as the passion that our supporters, staff and stakeholders devote to it.
The “Year of Enrichment” that follows is just a sampling of our accomplishments over the past year that you helped make possible. Your partnership with us is essential; both the resources you provide and the energy you impart.This report is not just an accounting of a year’s work. It is a tribute to you and all those who make our achievements a reality.
Thank you for your support.
James L. Craft
|Before School / After School
STS Academy provides free before and/or after school programs to over 1,000 1st-5th grade students daily. Approximately 20% of these students attend academic programs to narrow
the achievement gap. Over 75% of district students are from low income families who cannot afford the high cost of after school support. All schools in the district operate at full capacity with long waiting lists. STS bridges this gap, by serving over 20% of the students off site and providing transportation to and from all district schools when necessary.The City of Pittsburg provides a youth and teen center to serve overflow students (open 6AM -6PM), Monday through Friday, where students receive breakfast, lunch, snacks and a hot
supper daily. Our trained staff provides tutoring, homework assistance, enrichment and physical fitness activities at a breakeven cost of less
than $6 a day.
Before School / After School
Mentoring, Arts & Crafts, Culinary, Math & Science Projects,
Games & Writing, School-District wide competitions. Plays and
cultural programs highlight most holidays and add to the year’s
excitement. Students enjoy Track, Soccer, Basketball,
Volleyball, Flag Football and more.
Summer Enrichment Program
Nutritious meals and snacks are also provided up to six times daily
|High School Program
This highly innovative program, is a collaboration often agencies and was recently awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This collaboration is known as Pittsburg After School Community Collaborative. Some of the services we provide include: Tutoring, homework assistance, SAT/ ACT/Exit Exam preparation, computer tech, photo/video production, community service, driver education and culinary.
Teens 2 Teach
Monthly Mentoring Breakfast
|World Music & Art Festival
The STS Arts Education Program, in partnership with the Pittsburg Unified School District After School Program, hosts the annual Pittsburg World Music and Art Festival. The event features performances by various professional entertainers, East Bay Karate Do, Wilson’s Dance Studio, Pittsburg High School Show Band and PHS Flag Twirlers.There are also performances by each of the 12 PUSD Elementary and Middle School programs, students perform dances and songs from countries throughout the world that they have studied all year long.The Arts Education Program is a celebration of culture and teaches tolerance, acceptance and appreciation of the various cultures that make up our world. It is an exploration of the various cultures through song, dance, art, music and history.This event is sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover and the City of Pittsburg.
A collaboration with Safest 1 Driving School allows students to receive text book instruction and behind the wheel training at little to no cost.
The Taste of Bayou
Farm 2 Kids