GUIDING INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION, INC.
– Program Abstract –
The Guiding Institute for Developmental Education, Inc. (GIDE) is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization. The mission of GIDE is “to enhance the life-long learning and character building capacity for underserved youth and their families.” GIDE currently provides services to students and their families at four (4) sites Cleveland Ave. Homes, Piedmont Park, Rolling Hills Apartments, and Townview Apartments. These communities are designated as Public Housing and Section-8 areas. All of these communities have a long history of high crime rates, drugs, and violence, high unemployment rates, teen and pre-teen pregnancies, single parent fatherless families, and poverty.
GIDE has a Board of Directors which is comprised of nonprofit managers, consultants, attorneys, public school administrators, and business professionals. The Executive Director (Bill McClain) is an experienced and award winning Winston-Salem community worker who has more than 30 years of experience in developing programs, working with, and directing programs for underserved youth and their families.
A goal of GIDE is to develop interdisciplinary thinkers. Integrative instruction is the act of consciously applying methodology and language from more than one discipline to make connections in content that cuts across subject areas (GenED, March 2013). The National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics recognizes that integrative instruction can be a powerful way to present information to students. It has the potential to present abstract topics in a practical application driven way. STEM, Literacy and math skills are integrated throughout the curriculum.
GIDE has four primary focus areas:
1. Parents and school engagement
2. Parents personal development
3. After school programming focused on tutorials and homework assistance
4. Summer enrichment activities
Objectives and Anticipated Impact of School Year and Summer Programs:
1. Identify, recruit, and select parents and students with priority given to those who live in impoverished communities.
2. Create a framework and an environment that increases effective communication between parents, schools, students, and the GIDE staff.
3. Provide engagement activities, programs, and training designed to inform families of the role they play in their child’s career development and train them how to fulfill that role.
4. Increase student’s reading and math skills.
5. After school teachers increase alignment with school day teachers.
6. Increase student homework completion rate.
7. Increase in the incidence of teaching and assessing life skills during after school time.
8. Reduction in students’ referrals for disruptive behavior.
GIDE 2015 budget for up to 200 students is 0,000.00.
In 2015 GIDE was awarded the following grants and contract:
1. Bethesda Center – ,000.00
2. Goodwill Industries – ,000.00
3. BB&T Bank (3-year commitment) – ,000.00
4. Piedmont Federal Savings Bank
(3-year commitment) – ,000.00
– Total 3,000.00
Our Afterschool registrations for the Fall 2015 are as follows:
Parents / Students
Piedmont Park – 9 / 14
Cleveland Ave Homes – 16 / 25
Rolling Hills – 19 / 37
Townview – 15 / 28
– Totals 59 / 104
Clearly, this is a valuable program that deserves to continue.