Gesu is more than an inner-city elementary school. For the children in its care, Gesu is a home, a sanctuary, and oasis from the hardships and perils that surround their young lives. Within these walls, children find themselves immersed in an inspired mix of academic knowledge and spiritual values that offers them the promise of principled, fulfilling lives.
To help Gesu School continue its amazing efforts with children in inner-city Philadelphia, Betterment committed a portion of the funds raised from the 3rd annual Golf Weekend to support Gesu’s YET program (Youth Education for Tomorrow).
The unique YET after-school program encourages high school students and Gesu junior high students to give back to their community by working as reading tutors for younger children in their impoverished neighborhood. Betterment was able to fund a significant amount of the program’s annual expenses for two years, including providing healthy food and snacks for the children, as well as a small compensation for the faculty members who go above and beyond the call of duty to organize this outstanding outreach effort.
With Betterment’s support, Gesu School successfully solicited state funding not only to keep the YET program running but also to expand it. According to Suzette Baird, without Betterment’s support that could have never happened.
Presently, the YET Program has 10 youth reading tutors serving more than 25 children every afternoon.
“Betterment's support has played a key role in the success of this excellent literacy program for our youngest children.” ~Suzette Baird