Neighborhood Tutoring Program

Jubilee Thursdays

February was the start of the math program at Jubilee Housing. FLOC has had a relationship with Jubilee Housing and its youth services programming for many years. This started with Jubilee referring students, then progressed to hosting a program onsite. This is the second year that FLOC has been able to take a math tutoring program to Jubilee during the spring semester.


Last week during program, one of the tutors, Jason, asked his student, Richard, if he would like to play trashketball after he took a practice timed test. In response, Richard pulled out his backpack… which just happened to have a basketball hoop inside of it. Throughout the night the kids and tutors would take turns playing basketball. A couple of the students are on math fact units and are studying to take a fluency test. In order to make studying more fun and just little competitive, the tutors decided they would play H.O.R.S.E. Before they could shoot, students had to answer a question first. The game got a little competitive between students and tutors, but of course, the students won!


Incorporating games and activities into tutoring like this allows the students to stay more engaged and makes learning more interactive.

(Nicole Morgenstern is an NTP site coordinator. This spring, she’s supervising the Thursday tutoring program at Jubilee Housing.)

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Drew Gooden and PwC visit FLOC Tutoring Program

The generous and caring community that supports FLOC and its students provides the foundation for all our work. During this time of year, as we reflect on all the ways individuals and organizations help DC students, we are especially grateful for our wide and growing community of support. Before the Thanksgiving break, FLOC and its Neighborhood Tutoring Program (NTP) was lucky to host the Drew Gooden Foundation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for a wonderful event.


NTP students were treated to a discussion with Drew Gooden about his life, professional basketball career, and the importance of education. Our students got a chance to question Drew at the end of the presentation, and they asked him thoughtful questions about balancing his career and his family, what his college experience was like, and, perhaps most importantly, if he would say “Hi” to Lebron James the next time they saw each other.


After the presentation, wonderful volunteers from PwC led our students in financial planning workshops. The topics of these ranged from the basics of credit and saving to different careers’ earning potentials. FLOC is extremely excited to be able to partner with PwC and offer vital financial literacy education to our students.


At the end of the night, our students and their families were surprised with a grocery store gift card to help provide Thanksgiving dinners. To say that we are all thankful for the generosity displayed by the Drew Gooden Foundation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP would be an understatement. Their kindness and commitment to changing outcomes for D.C. youth is fantastic, and FLOC is excited to continue working alongside them and our students.

(Cody Laminack is the NTP Program Manager.)

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Meet Noel

noelNoel, 9, will now attend the fourth grade at Garrison Elementary. During the last school year, he was in the Tuesday Night Reading tutoring program as well as the Thursday Night Math tutoring program.

Noel’s favorite subject in school is math. He says it is his favorite because of how much FLOC has helped him with it. Outside of school and FLOC, Noel likes to play basketball with his friends and relax.

Coming in and doing math and learning to read with his tutor Katherine are Noel’s favorite activities at FLOC. Noel says that FLOC has helped him “do better in his reading and math classes at school.” Noel told me that he wants to do better in all of his classes this year.

Noel likes to joke around with his fellow students and the staff at FLOC.  He has a great sense of humor. When I interviewed him, he said he didn’t want his picture taken because he didn’t style his hair right that day.

Noel enjoys learning by playing games while tutoring. He says it helps him “have fun while learning.” Noel hopes to be a head chef one day. When I asked him what he wanted to cook, he replied “I’m not sure, but it will be something good.”

(Benjamin Harris is a tutor in the Thursday Night Math program at FLOC).