One privilege of my role as Executive Director of Success Through Self (STS) Academy is the time I spend with donors, supporters, staff and parents enjoying the many programs STS sponsors. Beyond the day-to-day management of budgets and programs, I get to meet the passionate people who make our organization so strong. It’s those people, people like you, who make a decisive difference for our children every day.
For grades K-5, we transformed a city owned, unused, 40’X 60′ greenhouse into the Butterfly Exhibit. Here students see the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. This is a natural environment, starting with the egg and ending with an adult butterfly.
This year, STS has had the opportunity to provide before and after school services at the middle schools in the Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD). This new opportunity has enabled us to bring back a variety of sports to the middle school program, reintroducing basketball, volleyball, football, track and soccer for the first time in over a decade. These activities provide healthy outlets, increased motor skills and act as a feeder for Pittsburg High School’s highly competitive sports programs.
Seeing the joy on a parent’s face as elementary and middle school students play soccer and other sports is overwhelming.
Soccer is the most popular sport in our large Hispanic community. Some thirty teams compete in various sports throughout the school year. All uniforms and equipment are provided by STS at no cost to parents.To assist our high school students, STS has been awarded the prestigious 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for 2014-2019, bringing academic tutoring, mentoring, career development/job placement and family social services; including education and referrals to governmental and community services.These are only a few of the many programs STS provides for the youth and teens in Pittsburg year round. Other programs are: The World Music and Art Festival, City Wide Spelling Bee, Summer Camps, Driver Education, Computer Tech, Teens2Teach, Teen Center, Free Produce Distribution and many more.
STS places its highest priority on student academic achievement. Through mentoring, tutoring and homework assistance STS will positively affect the achievement gap: Data shows that gaps in achievement exist at every level in our education system and early intervention affords the best chance for success. Our students API scores have risen by over 200 points.STS Academy, with the help of our supporters, seeks to offer students and their families academic assistance in a safe and fun environment and capture both the pragmatic thinking that guides our work as well as the passion that our supporters, staff and stakeholders devote to it.
The “Year of Enrichment” that follows is just a sampling of our accomplishments over the past year that you helped make possible. Your partnership with us is essential; both the resources you provide and the energy you impart.This report is not just an accounting of a year’s work. It is a tribute to you and all those who make our achievements a reality.
Thank you for your support.
James L. Craft