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Seeds 4 Success Programs

Seeds 4 Success provides a holistic and comprehensive set of programs to support our participants’ academic, social-emotional well-being, and college and career readiness from pre-kindergarten to career! All programs are grounded in three principles: increasing equity and access, ensuring cultural relevance, and research-driven content.

LEARN (Grades PK-5)

Every participant enrolled in our Learn program receives weekly one-on-one academic coaching and social-emotional learning provided by volunteer mentors. Click to learn more…

Learning goals and activities are determined by Seeds 4 Success assessments, including the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Reading Skills (DIBELS) inventory, grade-level content and standards, and individual academic needs. Participants engage in social-emotional learning (SEL) aligned to Second Step’s™ Out-of-School Time Curriculum and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s SEL Framework. (CASEL) includes the competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. SEL activities may be delivered by volunteers and/or S4S staff members. S4S also offers enrichment opportunities, such as summer camps, field trips, STEM days, etc. 

DREAM (Grades 6-12)

Every participant in our Dream program meets weekly with their mentors and/or S4S staff. They receive academic coaching, social-emotional learning, college and career preparation provided by volunteer mentors. Click to learn more…

Similarly to Learn, tutoring goals are determined by grade-level content and individual academic needs. Sixth grade participants also engage in the DIBELS inventory. Participants in these grades often work on school assignments, projects, and homework during the academic portion of each session to ensure success. SEL is also aligned to CASEL’s Framework, planned using Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social & Emotional Learning, and includes a variety of one-on-one mentoring activities, small group work, and whole group learning facilitated by S4S staff. In addition to enrichment activities offered to Learn participants, Dream participants engage in college and career readiness (CCR) activities aligned to the Maryland Out of School Time’s (MOST) College and Career Toolkit. These activities build on the 21st Century Skills and include guest speakers, career exploration and planning, executive function skill-building (i.e. time management, organization, etc.) and workforce, technical programs, and college tours. 

GROW (Post-secondary)

As our participants graduate from high school and begin their path to career, they become members of S4S’ Grow program. This program provides one-on-one mentoring that includes CCR preparation and life-skills coaching and development. Click to learn more…

If a participant needs academic support, S4S works with current volunteers to find experts in the appropriate subjects or refers the participant to additional organizations for support. 

SHARE (S4S Community)

Our Share program is designed to deepen S4S family and youth engagement through equitable practices. Click to learn more…

Our Share program is designed to deepen S4S family and youth engagement through equitable practices. Our Family and Student Impact Teams (FIT, SIT) are guided by the Spectrum of Family & Community Engagement for Educational Equity’s Framework, as we strive to be an organization moving closer to community ownership. These teams meet to share information about the current needs of our communities, hopes for our programs, feedback on our current model, and thereby become planning partners to refine the S4S method. S4S also provides family educational workshops across a variety of topics, such as, early learning techniques, academic strategies, child development, trauma-informed care, and mental health and wellness, etc. S4S establishes partnerships throughout the City and County to support additional needs our families may have, such as, English language proficiency and financial literacy. 

The Seeds 4 Success AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program connects role models, 55 and older, to young people in Maryland. Our Foster Grandparents serve in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and at community organizations throughout the County to provide mentorship, support academic and social-emotional learning, and help children reach grade level milestones so they reach success in school and life.

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve in the Foster Grandparent program provide the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on a path to a successful future. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers report better health and longevity having served their community.

To be eligible to apply to be a Seeds 4 Success Foster Grandparents, you must:

  • Reside in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Meet income eligibility requirements to receive an AmeriCorps Seniors stipend for service hours
  • Be willing to serve approximately 20 hours per week at in-person service stations
  • Pass a rigorous criminal history background check

To learn more about this opportunity, please email [email protected] or call our office at (410) 533-3847.