10 Jan Meet Matthew – Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada
Matthew M. became a Club member when he was five years old at the beginning of the 2015 school year. Along with Mariah, his twin sister, they attend the Club on a daily basis throughout the school year. They both participate in many programs at BGCSNV but the Homework Help programming has been the most beneficial for Matthew.
Having a twin sister can be difficult enough, but one that excels at school, in addition to having drastically different behaviors can make it even more challenging. Mariah is in an advanced class and rarely gets in any trouble. While Matthew on the other hand, struggled in school and was constantly being disciplined about his behavior. He had a difficult time following directions, interacting with peers, and paying attention.
When Homework Help began, Matthew was reluctant to get on board and participate. Every day he would lie about having homework, he would “forget” it at school or just refuse to do it. This became a daily challenge not only with him, but also for the volunteers and staff.
Matthew was not the only member being dishonest about having homework, therefore the Engelstad Clubhouse began running backpack checks. The staff would check for homework and then send the member to their area to complete it.
Matthew began to work with Mr. Esdra and Ms. Esme in the Learning Zone. Getting the one-on-one attention he desperately needed revealed he was struggling with his first grade homework. Reading was an extremely difficult subject for Matthew, therefore he never wanted to read. With consistent help from the team, he gradually began to understand his homework better and make significant progress.
Along with his educational growth, Matthew’s behavioral progress improved as well. He began following directions and participating in programs. He even showed interest in reading during free time and has favorite activities were now the ones with educational proponents.