Saint Paul Live & Learn

Raymond (Ray) Thron
by Raymond (Ray) Thron | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Saint Paul Live & Learn is intended to help all underachieving youth in Saint Paul to reach their potential to learn and be a productive member in the community. Working in concert with the Saint Paul public and private schools, a program would be established to connect all underachieving youth (grades 1-12) with a tutor specific to the needs of the youth. Tutors would be recruited and properly vetted from the upper grades, from local community colleges and universities, from contributing corporate organizations, and from any individual skilled to offer help.

The skilled tutors would utilize multiple means for interacting with these youth, including enhanced learning technology as being developed by the Saint Paul Public School District. The duration of help offered would vary, depending upon the needs of the student. An oversight structure would be created to monitor and assess performance of the program, as well as offering an initial orientation and tutor training.

Stipends would be offered to those tutors that are themselves students. Corporate contributions, as well as corporate tutors, would be sought, to assure the program is sustainable.

About You

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About You

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Raymond (Ray)

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Thron

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Saint Paul

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Ramsy

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Saint Paul Pioneer Press

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United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Saint Paul Live & Learn

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Saint Paul Live & Learn is intended to help all underachieving youth in Saint Paul to reach their potential to learn and be a productive member in the community. Working in concert with the Saint Paul public and private schools, a program would be established to connect all underachieving youth (grades 1-12) with a tutor specific to the needs of the youth. Tutors would be recruited and properly vetted from the upper grades, from local community colleges and universities, from contributing corporate organizations, and from any individual skilled to offer help.
The skilled tutors would utilize multiple means for interacting with these youth, including enhanced learning technology as being developed by the Saint Paul Public School District. The duration of help offered would vary, depending upon the needs of the student. An oversight structure would be created to monitor and assess performance of the program, as well as offering an initial orientation and tutor training.
Stipends would be offered to those tutors that are themselves students. Corporate contributions, as well as corporate tutors, would be sought, to assure the program is sustainable.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

We are living in an era of constant change, as is clearly evident in the technologies that we all use, whether computers, smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. One of the keys to building a better society is to assure maximum learning opportunities to our youth. Saint Paul, along with many other communities across the United States trail in student performance and achievement compared to many other developed nations. This does not need to be the status quo.

With the current technology learning initiative being pursued by the St. Paul Public School District and a recognized social consciousness among many corporate employers, we have an opportunity (in Saint Paul) to demonstrate leadership and to offer an improved living and learning environment.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

To live a productive and meaningful life, it is important that each individual have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to their fullest extent. Doing so will result in a community with more productive individuals, a possible reduction in crime, an enhanced self-worth and (for Saint Paul) an enhanced image, credibility, and reputation for being progressive - all of which helps to attract more residents and employers.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The initial grants funds would help to inaugurate and initially fund the program. Sustained funding would be sought from corporate sponsors and other grant offering foundations.

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