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Aeon's Homework Help program doubles its reach

Aeon volunteers help school-age children with homework after school 
 Homework Help volunteers Denise Murray
and Ginger Davis help children
with their homework after school.
“I need to read 25 minutes, and I need help with my spelling,” a fourth-grader shared, as she burst into a Homework Help session last week. “I need help with math!” her school-age friend chimed in. Both girls are two of 16 school-age children registered for a new Homework Help session Aeon launched in January at its Sienna Green Apartments in Roseville.

According to George Blesi, Americorp VISTA and Aeon Volunteer Program Coordinator, the primary goal of Homework Help is to provide children access to an adult, who may not otherwise have someone in their home who can help with their homework.

“For some of our residents, Homework Help volunteers may be the only adults outside of school they know who have graduated from high school,” shared Blesi. “Children count on those sessions and are disappointed if a volunteer has to miss, or if an evening is canceled.”

Aeon’s Homework Help program started back in 2005 at Chicago Avenue Apartments with the opening of a computer resource center on site. The program expanded to Portland Gardens, Aeon’s second Homework Help site. Currently, 48 school-age children and their families live at these two properties.

This past year, Aeon launched two more programs at properties where nearly 100 school-age children currently live -- East Village in Minneapolis and Sienna Green.

 School-age child receives help in Aeon's Homework Help program
Volunteer Denise Murray greets a
Sienna Green school-age resident
to the Homework Help session.

“At Sienna Green, I have had many discussions with parents whose children were on a waiting list for an additional evening of Homework Help,” added Blesi. “They saw it as a unique resource for their children and wanted access as soon as possible.”

Longtime Aeon supporters Ginger Davis and Denise Murray stepped forward to volunteer at Sienna Green.

“Already, we can see how important it is to be here every week,” shared Davis. “While it’s primarily elementary children who come, a mother of an eleventh-grader approached me to help. Her daughter is planning to attend college and she wanted help with writing for her English and social studies classes.”

According to Denise Murray, it’s another way for her to connect with Aeon and make a difference in the lives of families. “Coming every week provides continuity for the children,” Murray added. “We’ll be able to see them grow and keep them inspired for learning.”

Davis and Murray are just two of 14 volunteers who help approximately 35 children per week, at the four properties. For more information, or to volunteer, contact George Blesi at gblesi@aeonmn.org or 612-746-4867.


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