Looking Back on the 2019-2020 School Year

Thursday, June 25, was CIANA’s last day of Elementary School tutoring, bringing an end to an eventful and unforgettable school year.

Since September, CIANA’s Elementary School Tutoring and SONYC programs have engaged over 30 students, ages 6 through 14, in after-school learning, team-building, and enrichment.

From October through December, we hosted six Read-Ins with local elected officials, including Council Member Costa Constantinides, Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). It was great to see elected officials engage with their younger constituents and serve as role models for them.

Photo: Council Member Costa Constantinides reading to students on November 19, 2019.

In February, Education Coordinator Sophie Riina joined the CIANA team to oversee both our tutoring and SONYC programs. In addition to helping the programs run smoothly and foster deeper student and parent engagement, Sophie was instrumental in switching to remote tutoring amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

When schools closed in mid-March, CIANA suspended all in-person activities. It wasn’t long before we launched online tutoring, followed by online SONYC, led by Sophie and SONYC Program Coordinator Jose Velasco. Thanks to our dedicated volunteer tutors, we were able to provide one-on-one academic support to our students.

We’re looking forward to welcoming our students back- hopefully in person- in September. But first, we’re excited to launch our summer programs. Beginning July 7, elementary students will have the opportunity to explore creative writing, reading, chess, and more. Middle school students will be able to work on skill building and receive academic help.

To learn more about our summer programs and to sign up, write to sophie at sophie@cianainc.org.

Have a great summer!