janet boulware - 2012 (brinley)
Boulware conceived of and founded the phenomenal Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, which has helped hundreds of Davis children achieve greater success in school.
Janet began her work with English language learners from low-income households in 1995 as a para-educator. She recognized, however, that to provide the kind of help these students needed, she would need more education herself. In 2003 she earned a degree in Chicano Studies at UCD. Her senior thesis proposed an after-school program for low-income students who perform below grade level, to be tutored by UCD students. She then enlisted the aid of her friends and formed the non-profit Davis Bridge Educational Foundation to carry out the program.
The Davis Bridge provides an after-school program, Homework Club. With access to computers, school supplies, and enrichment activities, the students are tutored one-on-one by UCD students who act as mentors and also receive credit. Support services for families have been added.
The program expanded from Montgomery Elementary to Korematsu and Patwin Elementary, Harper Junior High, and Davis High School. In 2011–12, 180 tutors helped 250 students.
Presented at Chamber Dinner Jan 18, 2013, Freeborn Hall