Bryant Manor Computer Learning Center Programs
Our objectives are:
Above and Beyond After School Study Group
- to enhance the student's self-image and sense of self worth
- to enhance interpersonal relationship skills/interaction
- to reflect and act upon their values as an individual, as a member of the community, and as global citizens to enhance life skills necessary for preparing themselves upon entering a complex and dynamic society
- to develop and pursue their intellectual and creative potential to the fullest
- to develop positive career/life goals and skills necessary to pursue those goals
Above and Beyond Study Group focuses on math, science and writing. Students receive support with completing homework assignments and are encouraged to engage in peer tutoring. BMCLC instructors emphasize concepts necessary for students to understand the fundamental underlying math/science skills and processes. Basic grammar, sentence structure and punctuation are emphasized and students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of on-going essay challenges. Critical reading skills are assessed in all subject areas.
Exceptional and Capable Leadership Project
The Exceptional and Capable Leadership Project is designed to develop critical listening/thinking, promote academic excellence and build positive decision making skills. In thee forums, students are able to reflect on life/community issues and explore avenues of resolution. Public speaking skills are developed and students engage in debating exercises. This project provides a nurturing environment for building self confidence and enhancing intellectual skills. Preparation for higher education, career exploration and community involvement are key elements. One of the main goals is to promote youth entrepreneurship,creating opportunities that will generate revenue for the center and income for the youth.
Independent Studies offer adult and senior users individual based computer instruction and provides referrals, resources, tools and support. In this program users overcome the fear of computers, increase their self-esteem and increase their understanding of technology and its use in everyday tasks. BMCLC is located in a very diverse and multi-lingual community. Adult users may take advantage of our translators/interpreters to make communication possible and give voice to those who need assistance. Here we have an increased engagement in center programs, increased opportunities for residents voice to be heard, increased understanding of communication process and increased interaction between English and non-English community members.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The expectation that one must face their greatest challenges to experience their greatest success is the way BMCLC has achieved greatness together. BMCLC received Model Center Classification status from Neighborhood Networks and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, becoming the first center in Washington state to be recognized for achieving model standards and serving as an example of excellence for the Neighborhood Networks initiative. Model status demonstrates to funders growth, movement, and the ability to build. It shows that we are a success, and that this center is transforming lives and changing the community for the better. However, we are not just changing lives in our community. We have students who go to colleges in other states. One of our Above and Beyond students who is now in college just completed an internship in Kenya. What we do at BMCLC has a global impact. To think that we were able to achieve all we have achieved with one small grant from the city. Imagine what we could do with more funding.
We currently have the need for a Smart Screen and a Smart Projector. This would allow us to enhance our delivery of curriculum and address academic group needs. It would also improve staff training and community forums and meetings and keep us up to date with state -of-the art technology. Thus far, we have made the most of what we have and not focus on what we do not have, and that manifests into what we want it to be.