Who we are & What we do.
Watts Tutorial Program (WTP) was established in 1990 to serve the low-income housing community of Watts in East LA. Since then, we have expanded to also cater to the nearby William Mead housing project. Each week, we bring 25-35 students in grades K-12 to our UCLA campus for a meaningful activity, time for tutoring and help with homework, and a healthy home-cooked meal.
Our group is made up of our Board of Directors and our Tutors. The board consists of 12 motivated UCLA students who coordinate with each housing community, plan activities, create enriching math and English curriculum, and prepare nutritious meals. We also have approximately 30 dedicated UCLA students who not only tutor but also mentor the students or tutees from Watts and William Mead
Both the tutors and the tutees gain from the relationships that are built and fostered each week.
We recognize that not all students develop a passion for education; some struggle with school and others feel little connection within the classroom. We also acknowledge that not all students have equal opportunities within and outside of the classroom. At Watts Tutorial Program, we believe that every student deserves equal opportunity and access to resources. Are YOU a proponent of equity within education?
Through our tutoring sessions, YOU can help us re-inspire students, helping them gain resilience throughout their academic experience. YOU can help our mission of mentoring youth as we guide our students and map out their futures goals and find their voice. Here's how you can help...
How you can help.
The truth is, many in Los Angeles schools are underfunded; this disproportionately affects urban youth. By donating YOU can make sure we have all the tools and resources students need to learn and have fun. Below, you can see exactly where YOUR donations will go:
YOU will help us buy fresh foods so that we can cook well-balanced meals, art, and academic supplies so that we can have a creative and effective space for growth, and to go on field trips to show students how our Los Angeles community can be both an inspiring and educational place. Please help us help the urban youth of Los Angeles. Thank YOU for your support!