Golden Opportunity (GO), which provides one-on-one tutoring to Ithaca City School District students, thrives largely due to the efforts of retired ICSD educators.
Students in United Way of Tompkins County's Youth and Philanthropy program awarded grants totaling to $25,000 to 10 local nonprofits Thursday. The program taught 20 Tompkins County students about leadership, philanthropy, nonprofits and budgeting.
Non-profit organizations are plentiful throughout Tompkins County, and make a big impact in our communities. Despite their contributions, area non-profits can sometimes go unnoticed or unknown. This week we are highlighting Golden Opportunity, a tutoring and mentorship non-profit based in Ithaca. To learn more about the organization, we interviewed its executive director, Kolby Harrell.
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.
At his first elementary school teaching position, Marty Kaminsky was paid $35 and seven yogurt cups a week, and he couldn't have been happier. "It's never been about the money for me," he says. "All I've ever wanted to do was change the world one child at a time."
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.
It's a precarious time for students, especially New York's at-risk population. With a cut of $1.3 billion in state education aid, about 11,000 K-12 education positions, including teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, have been lost statewide this year. The cuts are making efforts to close the achievement gap that much harder.