April Report from Canopy 

The word that best describes Canopy’s work in April 2022 is empower.

Empower /empowered /empowering / empowerment is a verb that is defined in the dictionary as: to give power or authority to; to enable or permit. During the month of April, every form of this verb was in action at Canopy, and the Canopy staff illustrate the action well in their stories for this report.

I love this line spoken by one of our tutors to a middle-school student: “I will be here to help you succeed.”

– Lynn Newcombe, director of Canopy

Empowering Students to Reach High

by Aden Afework, associate tutoring director and UW senior

Samantha as a Canopy 5th grader with her tutor Feven

Samantha as a Canopy 5th grader with her tutor Feven

We value relationships at Canopy, especially between students and tutors. Canopy tutors provide support beyond homework and grades – they help students prepare for the future. One way we do this is to keep a close ear to students’ concerns during class registration week.

Samantha remembers well the stress and difficulty of choosing classes in middle-school – what’s the best choice? Is there a strategy I should know for high school? Now in high school and a Canopy tutor, she was ready to help.

She and the tutoring team worked closely with the students, answering questions, advising on class selection, encouraging students to reach high. Samantha told one student, “I know you can handle Honors English, and I will be here to help you succeed.”

Canopy tutors are role models that support our scholars and help them achieve their highest potential. Enjoy this short clip of Samantha talking about empowering students:

Canopy Scholars

by Sophia Hernandez, elementary tutoring intern and UW freshman

Emillia and Hermela are fourth grade students, and I sat down with them one afternoon to ask what they like about coming to Canopy. “I like getting help from my tutor because she helps me learn when I’m confused,” said Emillia, and Hermela said, “I like learning geography during the map games.” They both like seeing friends and playing four-square after tutoring.

We also talked about what it means to help make Canopy a welcoming place for everyone. Emillia said, “I think that means to treat each other the way we want to be treated – like scholars.”

We couldn’t have said it better!

Growing in Confidence

by Saba Berhe, director of family engagement

When we meet together at Canopy, we engage in conversations about our kids, their education, the challenges of parenting, and living in Shoreline. So, when Suni invited me to be part of a workshop on affordable housing, I invited the Canopy parents to join me.

As immigrants, we often keep quiet when asked our opinions or ideas. English is not our first language, and in the countries we come from, it’s not safe to give opinions. By having a place for conversations at Canopy, we have made connections, bonded together, and grown more confident in speaking what’s on our minds.

The housing workshop was on Zoom, our group from Canopy met in a breakout room with a moderator. We were asked to give our input about the need for housing here in Shoreline. There was silence at first, so I started and gave my thoughts. One by one, all the Canopy parents spoke up and gave input.

Meeting together at Canopy has helped each of us parents become empowered and confident.