Promoting Education

Azusa Pacific University works to dispel the misconception that education is designed for a select few and must fit into a particular mold. In fact, education can assume many different forms and is not confined to the four walls of a classroom.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Azusa Pacific University students tutor middle school and high school students in small-group tutorials. This elective course – specifically designed for B and C-average students – helps them ask better questions and improve their writing skills. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Service Learning and Research at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2823.

Azusa Reads
Azusa Pacific University, the Azusa Unified School District (AUSD), and the Azusa City Library have joined forces to help elementary school children who struggle with reading. Azusa Reads provides free tutoring from 20 APU students to more than 200 first through sixth graders. Students from every Azusa elementary school, as well as students from surrounding cities, take advantage of this opportunity by making half-hour appointments with trained tutors up to twice a week. During these sessions, tutors encourage students to use their imagination and learn to enjoy reading and literature.

Azusa Reads, funded by the Department of Education’s Federal Work Study Program, meets in the Azusa City Library, Monday-Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., and Thursday, 3-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Service Learning and Research at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2823.

Azusa Uncut
APU students and six project volunteers produce three shows about the city of Azusa for the local cable channel. APU offers $6,000 in scholarships to Cinema and Broadcast Arts majors involved in the project.

Barranca Tutoring – Adult Education
Barranca Tutoring educates and tutors adults in basic skills, including reading and writing. Through a mentoring relationship, APU students invest time and energy in helping adults gain these valuable life skills. The tutoring is held at the Azusa Adult School: 1134 S. Barranca Ave., Glendora. For further information, contact the Azusa Adult School at (626) 852-8422, or the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Biochemistry
This project is the service learning component for the biochemistry course for science majors. APU students meet with an assigned agency partner, ranging from nonprofit organizations, public/private school teachers, city officials, and local church pastors to assist them in answering a science question specific to their area. Students research the science question, write a report on their findings, and present the information to the agency partner.

Cerritos Kidz
This ministry gives APU students the opportunity to provide after-school tutoring and other recreational activities to children in a local apartment complex located on Cerritos Avenue in Azusa. For more information, contact the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Children’s Literature
This program promotes a learning atmosphere through which APU students provide reading assistance to kindergarten through fifth grade children in a local elementary school.

College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.)
Every semester, hundreds of fourth graders invade the APU campus to experience the trials and triumphs of a typical college student. The College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.) program, created as a partnership between APU and the Azusa Unified School District, motivates students to seek a college education.

APU’s Center for Academic Service Learning and Research works in conjunction with the upper-division Diversity in the Classrooms course*, matching an Azusa Pacific student with a small group of fourth-grade students from neighboring elementary schools. These groups meet on a weekly basis throughout the semester to talk about their future dreams and goals of going to college.

While on campus, participants walk through the process of filling out admission, housing, and financial aid applications. They also spend time exploring classrooms as well as career options.

A graduation ceremony marks the program’s finale, where students are honored for their hard work with a diploma. Their C.H.A.M.P. buddies, as well as their parents, attend the concluding event to affirm the goals these young students have begun to establish. For more information on the C.H.A.M.P. Program, contact the Center for Service Learning and Research at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2823, or visit www.apu.edu/caslr/champ/.

*To learn more about the programs that APU’s School of Education offers, please visit www.apu.edu/education/.

Cougar Pals
This yearlong one-on-one mentoring program pairs social work students with at-risk sixth and seventh graders at Foothill Middle School, supporting them academically and providing encouragement for positive life goals and achievement. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Service Learning and Research at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2823.

Financial Aid Nights
APU’s Office of Student Financial Services presents three to four financial aid nights a year at Azusa and Gladstone high schools. Financial aid officers review the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for parents and students, as well as sit on panels in regard to College Nights. Representatives also attend special parent meetings at Azusa Unified School District to speak with parents of College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.) and Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) students about financial aid for the future.

Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)
APU partners with the Azusa Unified School District G.A.T.E. Program for a spring conference and summer school. The annual spring conference is designed and implemented by APU business majors for middle school G.A.T.E. students and their parents to introduce them to the advantages and possibilities for pursuing higher education.

This summer school program, which began in 2002, runs each year in June and July. Participants are G.A.T.E. students, grades 4 through 12, from Azusa Unified School District. Elementary and middle school students enroll in enrichment classes taught by district teachers, and high school students enroll in courses taught by university faculty for college credit. Approximately 200 students attend this summer program.

Grant and Proposal Writing
This program is a Grant and Proposal Writing course for upper-division social work majors. APU students work on specific grant proposals for selected non-profit community agencies.

Homework House
Homework House, established by APU alumna Abigail Gaines, is a nonprofit organization that offers free after-school tutoring for children K-12. The program pairs local community volunteers with school-aged children, who come from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. To become involved in the Homework House or for further information, please contact Abigail Gaines at homeworkhouse@hotmail.com or call the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Junior Achievement Program
Through this program, APU upper-division business majors teach within the Junior Achievement curriculum (focused on life planning, and personal and global management), modifying it to meet the needs of the at-risk youth in local schools. For more information, contact Gary Lemaster at (626) 815-3837.

LA 101
LA 101 is a four-day trip to Los Angeles where students “plunge” into urban life. Through this immersion experience we seek to establish a biblical understanding of justice and to educate APU students of the social realities of diverse communities within the urban context of Los Angeles. This experience aids in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the world around us, and examine the implications of the privilege or disadvantage that social position provides.

Light and Life Christian Elementary School
In collaboration with Light and Life Christian School, APU is developing an alternative educational experience for children in the East San Gabriel Valley. APU faculty is assisting with curriculum development, teacher interaction, and strategic planning.

Mini Courses
This program enables APU students in various academic courses—including science, math, physical education, and English—to prepare and teach lessons to students in local private and public elementary, middle, and high school classes.

Peach Factory
The Peach Factory has been a part of the Azusa community for more than 30 years. Held at Slausen Park, this after-school ministry targets children from the Lee Elementary School area. Peach Factory volunteers interact with the children through arts, crafts, sports, and other enjoyable activities. A guiding philosophy for the staff is to create a safe, nurturing environment charged with fun and creativity. For more information, please contact Chantal Frank at chanfran@apu.edu or call the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Presidential Signatures Project
This project partners students in upper-division history classes at APU with Advanced Placement (AP) high school history students to research and document the eras surrounding the U.S. Presidents. Lessons created are piloted in local fifth grade classrooms. The project is creating the foundation for a proposed “Encounter with History,” a fifth grade interactive field trip based on the Presidential Signatures collection at APU.

Social Work Practicum III- Groups
This is a service learning component for an upper-division social work class. APU students work in pairs leading a treatment or task group in an organization or agency. Groups are facilitated in a variety of settings, from local school districts to support groups for stroke survivors.

T.A.P. (Teacher Assistant Program)
This 10-week program places approximately 100 upper-division liberal studies and teacher education majors per semester in classrooms to serve as teacher’s assistants. Students are currently serving throughout Azusa Unified School District, as well as schools in the Covina Valley, Duarte, and Glendora school districts.

UEMPOWER
University Students Educating Middle School Students Providing

This program is the service learning component of a section of the senior seminar course for liberal studies and teacher education majors. APU students work with educationally challenged students (sixth to eighth grade special education) using curriculum designed by the teachers and students focused on developing relationships, understanding strengths, and making a difference in the world.

W.A.Y. Ministries (Walking with Azusa’s Youth)
This ministry connects APU students with Azusa middle and high school students for one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. By connecting with mentors, Azusa students benefit from academic assistance and accountability for their studies, as well as relationships with APU students. For more information, contact the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

X-Treme PE
Through this program, physical education and athletic training majors design and implement theme-based field days for up to 200 fourth and fifth graders in local elementary schools. Students provide all physical education classes for Sonrise Christian School, concluding the year with a theme-based field day on the school’s campus.