Seven Tepees provides a safe space for youth each day from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Students come from several schools throughout the city to our Learning Center, located in the Mission District. During this time, we provide the following services:

Homework Assistance

After school, youth receive homework assistance in the core subjects of math, science, and English. By working with volunteer tutors individually or in small groups, Seven Tepees youth receive the special attention they need to be successful in school and to develop a lifelong appreciation for learning.

Enrichment Courses

After homework time, a variety of enrichment courses are offered each day. In some courses, youth discuss important issues such as health, leadership, conflict resolution, and cultural diversity. Other courses assist in developing skills and interests through workshops in cooking, video, arts, and computers.

Academic Case-Management

Seven Tepees staff works closely with the schools to ensure that each youth is on track. The staff meets regularly with school counselors and teachers to check on student progress and support each student’s academic achievement.

Parent & Family Involvement

The Seven Tepees Learning Center Program depends on the participation of the parents as well as the student. Parents meet with Seven Tepees staff at least once each year for a one-on-one conference with their child to discuss grades and goals. We hold workshops and support groups throughout the year, with topics ranging from how to support youths’ academics and how to build a stronger relationship between parent and child.

Seven Tepees hosts three large events throughout the year that all families attend: The Holiday Party, where youth show their families what they have learned and done throughout the year; the Awards Night celebration, where we distribute awards and celebrate the hard work of our graduating seniors; and Family Day, which is a picnic in a park with the entire Seven Tepees community.

In addition, we have informational meetings with parents to assist with their child’s transition to high school, give information about choosing the right school, and advice for helping students get a summer job.