AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING/MENTORING PROGRAM OGB’s signature program. We work closely with the Sycamore Community Schools to identify students in 1st – 8th grades who would benefit from academic support or assistance with other skills. We enroll approximately 45 students each year, each of whom are transported by Sycamore District Buses for 2½ hours of afterschool tutoring, three days per week. We have a cheerful 6,000 sq. ft. “home”, which offers plenty of space for our volunteer tutors to engage with our OGB students, offering them the support needed to reach academic success. The progress of our students can be seen in improved grades, enhanced self-confidence, and the demonstration of life skills that they can take onto higher education and into the working world. The After-School program runs from September to May.
WHIZ KIDS - Once a week, Whiz Kids extends the program for one hour by focusing on increasing reading literacy. Each student is paired with a caring adult that helps them improve reading skills and comprehension.
FOOD PANTRY - We welcome over 50 local families to our onsite Food Pantry each month, offering a variety of nutritious foods and household items. Our partnership with the Freestore Foodbank allows us to include fresh produce and meats in our offerings. During the school year, nutritious snacks and meals are sent home with Sycamore students, helping feed over 100 hungry children per week.
SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY - Each fall, OGB kicks off the school year by providing school supplies for over 540 children in a variety of local schools. All of the supplies are donated by local churches, schools, businesses and individuals.
HOLIDAY STORE - OGB also operates a Holiday Store that delivers donated toys, clothing and food to over 150 less fortunate families in our three mile service radius.