A Golden Opportunity for struggling kids

Like our drought-damaged gardens and trees that will require lots of extra attention next spring, many Ithaca children have started school with great disadvantages. While their ability to thrive lies within, conditions in their young lives often don’t support their academic growth. That’s where Golden Opportunity (GO), a tutoring program for struggling children, comes in to fill a gap that the school district cannot.

Morning Newswatch | WHCU Radio

Golden Opportunity's founder, Marty Kaminsky, sits down with Lee Rayburn of Morning Newswatch to look back at how it all began and how GO has made a real difference in local students' lives. 

This interview originally aired on WHCU radio (95.9fm/870am) on January 29, 2016. You can access the original interview online here

Afterschool Programs That Get It Right: Golden Opportunity

The organization was founded with a mission to provide low-income students with the kind of in-depth, individualized attention and advocacy they require to empower them in every aspect of their lives. Tutors and students often form tight bonds, with tutors often volunteering outside of the program to attend student performances and parent-teacher meetings when the parent cannot, so that the student always have a consistent advocate.

Community Connections: Marty Kaminsky — Honoring his Father

In August 2005, Marty’s father passed away. To honor him, Marty approached the principals of the two schools in which he had served. Marty offered them a stipend to pay for two children in each of their schools to have tutoring for one year. He promised the two principals that he would use that school year to develop a tutoring program. When the one-year mark arrived, Marty returned to the two schools. He asked if the tutoring made a difference, and the answer was a resounding “yes.”

Golden Opportunity links retired teachers, Ithaca students in need of tutors

Retired school teachers, school officials and community members alike are coming together to tutor students in four Ithaca area schools who need a little extra help in their academics.

The Golden Opportunity program is a not-for-profit tutoring program that offers 60 hours a year of direct one-on-one time to students who need extra help with their school work.