KITE: Kids in Training to Excel

What is KITE?

From 2007-2010 KITE program was implemented at Whispering Pines, a large multi-family apartment complex, in Lynnwood, Washington. It was a homework center, tutoring and mentoring program provided to youth in grades 6-9, two days a week, outside of the school day. A teacher managed the KITE program with high school and adult tutor/mentor volunteers along with computer-based learning to facilitate academic support.

During the summer months, a three-day-a-week program was available focusing on learning school-related skills and board game strategies. KITE was successful measured by attitude, attendance and grades. Management at Whispering Pines stated that the atmosphere in the complex, changed as students were more studious, attentive to their behavior and polite.

KITE program was in place for three years. Knowledge obtained from KITE was applied to develop the PATH to College Success Program.

A “how to” manual was published providing a template for implementation of a homework study program. The information contained in the manual allows one to set up and operate a systematic, organized study table/tutoring program.