SWIFT Tutoring Program
The sole purpose of SWIFT (the community-based non-profit Schulenburg Weimar In Focus Together, Inc.) and its Tutoring Program are to serve K – 6th grade students in Schulenburg and Weimar to:
• Assist local elementary teachers improve learning.
• Provide one-on-one or small-group academic support to any students the teachers feel can benefit from extra help
• Build relationships with the students tutored to increase their confidence and self-esteem.
Research shows that 3rd grade reading scores are a solid indicator of how well a person will do throughout their school years and later in life. SWIFT strives to maximize reading scores by coaching students in the classroom at the direction of the teachers and working closely with their lesson plans, both during and after school. Our efforts over the years are showing positive results!
Over 400 youth in Weimar and Schulenburg have been able to advance academically during the past year! 90.7% measured academic improvement and 92.7% passed to the next grade, maintaining their desire to continue improving. Sustaining this program for K - 6th grade is critical!
SWIFT is grateful to those who choose to invest in our Youth Tutoring and Summer Enrichment Programs by making SWIFT a charitable priority in their annual giving. That generosity is a vote-of-confidence in our efforts to provide the best education and to help our youth become the leaders of tomorrow. Thanks to all the people who give annually, we can!
SWIFT Leverages Local Donations to Help Schools
SWIFT does not charge the schools or the students for the Tutoring service. Funding is provided by local citizens, businesses and foundations who believe that improving elementary reading scores makes a significant difference in a child’s life and their self-esteem…now and forever! They believe that our community’s future depends on this.
SWIFT leverages the local donations into considerable additional funding through an AmeriCorps grant that pays part of each tutor’s monthly living allowance, as well as the cost of the Program Coordinator and part of the program operating costs.
In return, the tutors each receive a substantial scholarship (that uses none of the locally donated money) at successful completion of their contract. Scholarships are made up entirely of funds from outside Texas. Tutors have seven years to use these funds to add to their own education or, if they are over age 55, they may pass the scholarship to their children and grandchildren.
It is important to note the extent that SWIFT is leveraging its local donations to bring in significant funding from outside the area, mostly from outside of Texas.
For every local or area dollar donated, SWIFT has been able over the years to generate between $2 and $3 additional from sources outside the area to improve the quality of life in the immediate area, by strengthening the education of our younger citizens and enhancing their desire to learn.
For local donors, this is a significant return on their investment. Few organizations today can offer the leveraging of $1 dollar to bring in more than $2 dollars from completely outside sources, yet have all the benefit going exclusively to the local community! SWIFT itself retains no economic value. All funds go into the community tutoring program.
To learn more about how to become involved as a SWIFT Tutor, a donor or Board Member, call 979-743-4600 today.
SWIFT Community Garden!
Through a gracious donation of the former Bishop Forest Football Field, Blinn College in Schulenburg provided the opportunity for SWIFT to realize its vision to create a Community Garden that would serve as an outdoor classroom and Learning Center.
SWIFT obtained a "Renewing Our Communities" grant from the Austin-based OneStar Foundation to develop the garden infrastructure. Additional donations and assistance were provided by the City of Schulenburg, The Garden Company, the American Medical Association Foundation, Bucek Tree Farm, Stanley Kubenka, Rebuilding Together of San Angelo (another AmeriCorps organization dedicated to improving community quality of life), St. Rose of Lima School (composting), Lake Robertson III, M-G, Inc., McCoy's Lumber, Helmcamp Lumber, Ryan Wotipka, Mike Czimskey, Joyce Bubela in memory of Clarence A. Bubela, Schulenburg Sheet Metal, Morgan Buildings, Fayette and Colorado County Agriculture Extension Agents, various local artists, Hank Ward of the "If I Had a Hammer" Program, and numerous Master Gardeners.
Contact SWIFT at 979-743-4600 to become a part of this educational opportunity!
To empower access to our communities' assets.
To preserve and enhance the quality of life where every individual thrives:
Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually.
SWIFT is funded in part by an AmeriCorps Texas grant. The SWIFT AmeriCorps Members provide Tutoring. The concept of the SWIFT Program is to show what a small rural community can do for itself. SWIFT is one of the few rural communities anywhere to obtain this type of AmeriCorps grant.