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Teens Act

About Teens Act
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What is Teens Act?

Our Mission

We empower underserved students to graduate from high school and go on to higher education and careers.

Teens Act was founded in 2007 by Dayan Bernal, a BYU student. Since then, the program has received funding and support from Provo City School District and Alpine School District, has partnered with United Way, Provo City, was given the Bright Spot Award by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence in 2015, and assistance from foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals and community partners. The program continues to expand its reach to help more underserved students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to graduate from high school and to go onto further post-secondary educational and career opportunities.

The Need for Our Program

Year after year Utah continues to improve its graduation rates and decrease its dropout rates. However, during an average school year in the state, between 4,000 to 5,000 students drop out of high school. Dropping out of high school disqualifies adults from working in 90% of posted jobs in the US, which leads to an increased risk of poverty and effects the lives of individuals, families and communities. Our program works to improve the futures of these students.

Our Students

Our research indicates that most public agencies focus on students who are generally in good academic standing. Instead, we specifically target students who are under-resourced which may lead to having a lower GPA’s (2.5 or less), qualify for free and/or reduced lunch, and will be the first in their families to complete a college education.

What We Do

In-class and after school mentoring-tutoring and family support: Volunteers meet with Teens Act students at secondary schools to provide mentoring, homework help, tutoring, and assistance that leads them to be more successful students.

Academic empowerment: We hope to inspire our students to pursue high school success, provide assistance in career development, and prepare them for college and post-secondary education training and employment.

How do I get involved?

Email questions to: teensact@byu.edu or contact one of the student leaders listed under 'CONTACT INFO.'

Volunteer Commitment:

One day a week between 12:30 and 2:30 for at least one semester at Timpview or Provo High School.

Training:

Training will be provided by the Teens Act organization following your contact with one of the student leaders listed under 'CONTACT INFO.'

This program may require a background check from the community service provider.

Please complete this mandatory 25 minute Minor Protection Training before you begin working with the children.

Directors

Available by email at teensact@byu.edu

Lincoln Sutherland, Executive Director

(858) 405-1710