Here at the Mission Enforced Foundation we are about developing our youth on more than just a "good grades" in school student. We are dedicated to Empowerment, Impact, and Enrichment in the lives of our youth through our dedicated staff. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we believe in that... one student at a time. Over the past 14 years, I have been either coaching or volunteering my time in high school classrooms. Over the years, I have seen a huge decline in students' knowledge of geography and financial literacy. The other day, a student asked me where I was from originally, and I stated that I was from New Mexico. The student said, "Wow Mrs., you speak really good English for being from there!" I was shocked to realize this student did not even know that New Mexico was a part of the United States of America, nor did they realize that the primary language there is English!
I also worked with a class that was learning "Business". Yet in over 17 weeks, these students had never heard of the different types of income... Direct, Passive, Residual, Overrides, etc. On an international financial literacy test of 15-year-olds, the U.S. ranked 7th out of 15 countries, trailing China, Canada, Russia and Australia, and was just slightly better than Poland ( http://www.oecd.org/education/pisa-2015-results-volume-iv-9789264270282-en.htm), and in the "Young Americans & Money, Fall 2016" they state that "only 31% of young Americans (ages 18 to 26) agreed that their high school education did a good job of teaching them healthy financial habits," (2016, Bank of America/USA TODAY Better Money Habits Report).
One of our goals here at the Mission Enforced Foundation is to not only help students with their math or English grades, however to also empower them by implementing Financial Literacy and Geography into our tutoring programs.