Jordan Brown, CBS 62/CW50 Intern

There’s a revamp happening now at the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and City Year Detroit is stepping in to assist with mentoring and learning development. City Year Detroit conducts a rigorous selection process to choose mentors that would best fit the academic and social needs of children of all ages. City Year Detroit works to help youth who are struggling academically. They offer mentoring programs, tutoring, and guidance for parents.

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According to the learning and development director, Brian Kilkelly, City Year Detroit works to help schools and students succeed. He stopped by “Street Beat on the Web” to share a few tips with parents to help support their children’s academic success.

Step 1: Reading fluency- Brian encourages parents to read at home with their kids to ensure that they are reading with accuracy and a good pace. Continued practice at home will help them tremendously in school.

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Step 2: Check in, check out- This is where mentors set goals with students, monitor their progress, and check back in with them to go over how those goals were achieved. Parents can do the same at home.

Step 3: Say ask check- This tip applies to math specifically, but can be applied where needed. In this case, you say the math problem out loud, ask yourself what steps are necessary to complete it and if you completed those steps, then you check your answer.

You can learn more about these tips and City Year Detroit by watching the complete interview on “Street Beat on the Web” or visit

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Jordan Brown is a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Electronic Media and Film Studies with a minor in Communication. Jordan enjoys historical documentaries and hopes to join the field of investigative journalism. She enjoys reading, writing and consumes way more chocolate than she should.