Students in Begin Anew are focused on achieving their educational goals; they want to complete their preparation, test and succeed in gaining their high school equivalency or other certificates. Completing their program is one very important way to measure success. Recently some of the staff of Begin Anew attended a meeting in which there was a discussion about how we measure success. There were a number of good ideas shared and it was insightful to look at the students in our program and see that they are succeeding even as they move toward their eventual goal.
One way to measure success is to be able to teach someone else what you have already learned. Imer Mendez has been faithfully studying at the Madison Men’s site since last summer. One night recently he was sitting next to Timo Cruz as they studied. When Timo was having trouble with a math concept it was encouraging to see Imer begin to tutor him, explaining in Spanish how to do the work. Imer has not completed the program, but he has demonstrated that he is learning and even able to teach someone else. He is experiencing success as he moves toward his goal.
Another student recently shared that he has grown in confidence since he has been in the program. He has already passed several of his tests and hopes to finish soon, but the personal growth that he has already experienced is evidence that he is succeeding in what he has set out to do. As a supporter or volunteer of Begin Anew, know that your investment is making a difference and that you are helping our students succeed on several levels through Begin Anew. We are grateful and so are they.