Stories of Growth: Suheib

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series.

Suheib’s height rivals that of many tutors as he is the big man on campus completing his last year of elementary school. If you met him, you wouldn’t guess that when he first joined SDRT years ago, his little feet dangled from his chair, legs too short to touch the ground. He fidgeted as we went over the alphabet together letter by letter.

He has come a long way from learning letters and sounds — he fluently reads chapter books and solves complex fifth grade level math problems in a variety of ways.

One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is that he still squirms in line while scanning the line of volunteers to claim the ‘coolest’ tutor he can find.

San Diego Refugee Tutoring’s story is one of growth. Ten years ago, we tutored 10 kids once a week; today, we tutor 85 kids twice a week. But the greater story of growth is not our numbers but in our students themselves.

The kids who once avoided homework now eagerly come to tutoring seeking help. The ones who arrived in the US without knowing the English alphabet are now flying through chapter books. They come to tutoring and unfold their homework because they believe that they just might be able to do it. This growth in confidence cannot be quantified; it’s immeasurable. 

This growth in confidence cannot be quantified; it’s immeasurable. 

SDRT is the only accessible academic support for most of our kids. Will you partner with us so we can continue to provide this valuable support for each and every one of our students?

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About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is one of the founders of San Diego Refugee Tutoring and currently serves as its Program Director. She has four incredible children, many years of teaching experience, and a supportive husband who also works in education.

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