We're having a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 21st at Poke Poke!! The fundraiser will be going on from 11:30am-9:00pm so please swing by for lunch or dinner (and bring friends)! If you buy something and mention you're there for the OEC fundraiser our org will receive 20% of the proceeds. You can do take-out or pick up orders at their location on 312 S State Street.
We are excited to be able to offer two virtual tutoring programs this fall! We encourage you to apply to both programs, as the demand for tutors is not yet known. Because demand is not yet known, you are not guaranteed placement in either program regardless of prior OEC tutoring status. More information about tutoring, meetings, attendance policies, and OEC activities will be sent as new plans are finalized. If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to any of the board members.
Community Virtual Volunteering Updates
This semester, we are partnering with 826 Michigan to continue providing after school tutoring assistance for students in the Ann Arbor Area virtually, via Zoom. You can read more about their program here! Placement at 826 would entail a weekly 1.5 hour commitment rather than 2 hours per week as in previous semesters. Unfortunately, due to limitations because of COVID-19, Peace Neighborhood Center has suspended all in-person tutoring for this fall semester and will reevaluate later in the year. For now, we will tutor through 826 Michigan and will provide updates in the future.
Hospital Virtual Volunteering Updates
Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in our virtual tutoring program over the summer. OEC in partnership with Michigan Medicine is offering free tutoring to the children of UMHS employees. We are continuing this program and expanding our tutoring capacity for the fall. We apologize if you did not receive a placement for our pilot program this summer. We look forward to involving more tutors this fall. Scheduling is flexible because tutors will develop their own schedule including the day of the week and time with each family, but cannot exceed 3 hr/week per child.
Black Lives Matter:
Opportunities to Educate Children stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movements and condemns the senseless acts of violence against black communities by law enforcement officers. The murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, and countless others are deeply saddening and demonstrate how widespread racialized violence and injustice spread throughout this country. These murders, as well as other acts of violence against black communities, weigh heavily on the OEC board, the tutors, and communities in which we work alongside. OEC is an organization that emphasizes reducing social inequalities and using education as a tool for growth. With this being said, we have a responsibility to create spaces for open dialogue about police brutality and anti-racist work. We are including links to anti-racism articles in our educational resources tab. In addition, the board members encourage tutors and community members to reach out to us if you're in need of a space for dialogue, reflection, or support. We are here to provide a safe environment for those connected with OEC to deal with current events however it is needed. We look forward to working together with every member of our community to advance racial equity.