Service Providers Analysis

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There are many nonprofit organizations working to engage students from low-income communities in academics.  Many of these programs work with science.  In NYC, some of the more notable ones are Camp G.O.A.L.S., Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, and Rocking the Boat, among others.

There is no organization that we are aware of, however, that uses SCUBA diving as a vehicle for providing this engagement.  The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School utilizes SCUBA diving in its curriculum, and students go through the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training.  The Schooba Academy is unique from this program, however, in many ways.  Some of the major differences are that The Harbor School only offers this training to its specific students,  The Harbor School only offers the basic PADI Open Water Scuba Diver curriculum (where The Schooba Academy’s curriculum is linked to xx NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings), and The Harbor School students are not paired with a qualified tutor through the training process.

There are also many nonprofit organizations which facilitate mentor relationships for students from low-income communities.  In NYC, some of these are Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mentoring Partnership of New York, and Stoked Mentoring, among others.

Of these, Stoked Mentoring shares the most commonalities with The Schooba Academy.  Stoked Mentoring uses the action sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing to create a bond between a screened and qualified mentor and an at-risk student.  Aside from not offering SCUBA diving, Stoked Mentoring is also strictly a mentoring program which does not provide the tutoring component that is offered at The Schooba Academy.


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