Monday, September 14, 2009

Let the Program Begin!!!

After a summer full of doing the behind the scenes and the prep work for the 2009-2010 tutoring/mentoring year, we are proud to announce that we have officially started our year. Last week we hosted our student/parent and our volunteer orientations for all of our returning, new, and prospective students and volunteers. We conducted orientations for each group so that we could accommodate a variety of schedules and to work around the Labor Day Weekend. And I am also proud to announce we had a very very good turn out in both the student/parent orientations and the volunteer orientations. This is a GREAT way to start off the year and leads me to believe that this could be a very special year for the program.

This year the program has many familiar faces returning to the program, but we also have nearly 20 new students and volunteers who have joined the Cabrini Connections' team for the 2009-2010 year. Each year we try to have between 75-80 student enrolled before November and even before the first day of tutoring (which is scheduled for the Wednesday) we have 78 students on the roster. And we have nearly 90 volunteers who will be actively involved with the program throughout this year!!! Another very positive note is that many of the new students and volunteers have used the summer months to make that initial c0ntact, so they will be able to hit the ground running on that very first official day.

This Wednesday and Thursday will be our first tutoring/mentoring sessions of the year and there is just a very positive feeling within the program, that this year has the potential to be the best over in so many different ways. We feel that if our students, parents, volunteers, and donors continue their 'buy in' and all groups always has the question "What can I do to better the program..." then this will be the best year ever! As staff we will continue to try to work towards that buy in all throughout the year with various activities ideas, and events. But the immediate need is simply financial support to provide us with the opportunity to continue our efforts.

We are always encouraging all that have a connection to the program to continue to tell the "Cabrini Connections' story" to those in their network and let those who hear the story make a decision if they will become a supporter, a volunteer, or a donor to the program. With all involved continuing in those efforts we are confident that the Cabrini Connections' story will get better and better and the audience hearing the story will become bigger and bigger, and as a result the resources needed will be made available.
With that being said....Let the 2009-2010 Program Begin!!!


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