Help Back to Basics Purchase A Van to Support Inner City Youth
We need your support! Our first goal of $2,500 will be used for the down payment on a new van to transport the students from schools to our Computer Learning Center. Your generous support will mean that more at-risk students will be able to have a safe after-school place to learn and to grow. Together we can bridge the "digital divide" and give more Dayton students the tools and resources they need to achieve their educational goals and dreams!
Back to Basics addresses the "digital divide" in our community by teaching computer coding and other computer technology skills to at-risk inner city high school youth in Montgomery County, and specifically, in the Dayton School District. Our volunteer tutors teach basic computer software programs, like Microsoft Office Suite, as well as using online software to teach computer coding. We provide academic tutoring as well as personal development counseling to ensure our students will complete high school. We help them set and prepare for college entry, as well as explore computer career opportunities. We encourage personal growth and self-confidence as each student completes their learning modules.
Check out this amazing article about Back to Basics Youth Education Center published in Technology First HERE
When the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the school year in Dayton, Back to Basics suspended its program activities. In June we received a $10,000 grant from the CARES act that we used air filters, masks, plastic shield protectors for each desk, rubber gloves, disinfectants and no touch thermometers; as well as new laptop computers. We reduced the number of desks from 20 to 10, and configured the classroom to comply with the six feet apart rule. We now have approval to begin classes as long as we maintain strict social distancing. Until we are able to resume full classroom instruction, we are open Monday through Friday after school from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm for any student who needs to use a computer to keep up with online studies, as well as students who want to participate in our computer training.
Our COVID-19 modified classroom, with plexiglas shields, and socially distanced spacing of the desks.
Our pre-COVID classroom full of Upward Bound students at the Back to Basics Youth Education Center.
The Director, Lawrence Lindsey, is a native of Dayton, who served in the US Army, retiring as a Major, and holds an M.A. in Education. Our volunteer staff includes a computer programmer who works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Kevin Kirkle) and Abdul Al-Ramahi, a Sinclair Community College student majoring in computer technology. Also, one of our board members, Horace Bowins, who was a history teacher for many years, volunteers his time as the Program Manager.
Lawrence Lindsey, Executive Director and Founder of Back to Basics Youth Education Center. Mr. Lindsey is Dayton native, who retired from the U.S. Army after serving for twenty years. He has a Masters Degree in Education, from the University of Dayton, and is a retired educator.