May Center engages in a number of community outreach programs focused on accessing and impacting every child with learning differences in Santa Fe County. Through collaboration with local schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations, we make a difference in the lives of local children. We also offer community seminars, which are free and open to the public.
Community Tutoring Program
May Center provides tutoring at local public schools through a partnership with Communities in Schools. This school year, four May Center tutors work with students at Aspen Community School two times per week to improve reading and writing skills. We focus on students at the second and third grade level in order to improve third grade reading proficiency, a benchmark that is an indicator of student graduation rates, as well as at the middle school level, aiming to keep students in school through high school.
During the 2017-18 school year, at the midyear point, second grade participants averaged a 20 point gain in their overall reading index score. The average participant gained 1.5 grade levels in reading fluency and 2 grade levels in reading comprehension, most moving from the kindergarten level to the second grade level in four months time.
May Center partners with a number of local schools to provide teacher training, learning specialist support, and individualized tutoring for students who attend these schools. Current partnerships include Santa Fe Waldorf School, The Master's Program, and New Mexico School for the Arts. We collaborate with schools to help them maximize their support of students who learn differently.
Community Engagement & Advocacy
Currently, only 26% of third graders in Santa Fe County read at proficient levels, and many of these students have a learning difference such as dyslexia which requires specialized reading instruction. This literacy epidemic has led to one of the highest dropout rates in the country and a large segment of our community entering adulthood with limited life outcomes.
May Center engages the Santa Fe community in an number of initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of building a strong foundation for academic success. Each October, in conjunction with Dyslexia Awareness Month, we host a children's literacy carnival in the Santa Fe Railyard with free games, books, and other resources for families to build a strong foundation for reading. This October, May Center partnered with the Santa Fe Birth 2 Career Collaborative to produce Santa Fe's Ready to Read, which launched a citywide campaign for improving third grade reading proficiency focused on parent education, teacher training, and early identification and intervention for students who are struggling to learn to read. This collaborative is co-chaired by May Center Executive Director, Amy Miller, and Perli Cunanan, Executive Director of Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences. Key partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, City of Santa Fe, Reading Quest, Communities in Schools, Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers, Santa Fe Food Depot, and Santa Fe Public Libraries.
May Center's Community Outreach Programs are made possible through grants from the following: