The GO Story
In 1968, members of Grace Church and Grace Church School in Greenwich Village joined together to solve a problem. Just a few blocks away in the Lower East Side, many students were living in poverty and failing to thrive in their public schools. They saw an opportunity - use available classroom space at Grace Church School on Saturdays and during the summer to provide a high quality tutoring program for struggling elementary school students, and equip them with the skills needed for future success. This simple, cost-efficient solution quickly drew support from the community, and experienced explosive growth over the last few decades.
Today GO Project serves more than 670 students in Grades K-8 from over 30 public elementary and middle school schools in the Lower East Side and Chinatown. GO has also formed partnerships with several Lower Manhattan independent schools including Grace Church School, Grace Church High School, Avenues-The World School, LREI, and St. Luke's School, who provide space and resources for free. As GO Project enters its 50th year of serving the community, in October 2017, the organization is expanding to Brooklyn in partnership with Berkeley Carroll School, to serve students attending schools in Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
What We Do
The GO Project mission is to shape the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social, and emotional support, starting in the early elementary years all the way through middle school. The GO Project provides year-round educational and family support programming to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life.
GO Project addresses the needs of the whole child through three holistic, mutually reinforcing strands of service: GO School, GO Summer, and GO Families. Students begin the program with GO Summer, a five-week summer learning adventure rooted in academic fundamentals and enhanced by enrichment modules children love. On Saturday mornings from October to April, students come to GO to ensure the progress made during the summer is continued and strengthened upon throughout the school year. Year-round, GO Project staff work closely with parents to guide them in supporting their child's socio-emotional needs at home and in school.
By the time students graduate the GO Project in eighth grade:
- They have avoided the "summer slide" each year. The average GO student gains 2 months in math and reading skills each summer, compared to the average public school student who loses 2 months.
- 98% of students are being promoted on time to the next grade level.
- 85% of students are performing on grade level.
- 100% are accepted into one or more of their top choices for high school.