Richmond Public Library gets grant to provide after-school homework help

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Richmond students can soon visit their local library or community center after school to receive free help with their homework.

The Richmond Public Library was awarded $150,000 from the Richmond Fund for Children & Youth to have trained tutors offer homework help to studentd during after-school hours at three Richmond libraries and two community centers.

The Milpitas-based Bay Area Tutoring Association (BATA) will operate the program and provide the tutors, who will be available two hours per day from Monday through Thursday at the Main Library, Bayview Branch Library, West Side Branch Library, Shields-Reid Community Center and May Valley Community Center.

“BATA tutors will provide drop-in assistance in multiple subjects and covering grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, with support for additional languages where possible, including Spanish,” according to city documents. “BATA will hire, train, and provide
oversight of all tutors as well as administrative support and evaluation to operate the
homework help program.”

BATA has provided tutoring services for schools and libraries, including the Santa Clara County Library and Alameda County Library.

“The program represents a return to in-person homework help, which the Library offered
prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” city staff said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Richmond City Council will be asked to approve the contract with BATA. The contract term would begin Oct. 17 and run through June 2024.