Maranatha Outreach Center
Organization: Maranatha Outreach Center
Maranatha Outreach Center (M.O.C.) was founded in 2001 with the mission of providing access to educational and social opportunities to the children, youth and families of vulnerable communities that will result in their ability to become self-determined and economically independent. Our goal is to advance individual leadership skills through structured and organized efforts in the areas of education, community and economic development and to deliver basic and vital human services to individuals and families in need.
More Information1811-D South 7th Street
San Jose , CA 95112
Primary contactKaren Gantt
E-mail: Info (at) maranathacc (dot) com
Alternate ContactOlivia Swilley
E-mail: oswilley (at) hotmail (dot) com
Counties ServedSanta Clara
Services offeredAcademic enhancement/tutoring/study skills
Administering external scholarship programs
Career exploration and/or career counseling
College admissions advising
College fairs/campus visits
Early college awareness - Grades 5-8
Encouraging rigorous curriculum and accelerated learning opportunities
Financial Aid advising - FAFSA completion, scholarship searches
Program operated byCommunity organization
Primary service locationCommunity center/agency or nonprofit site
Parent ServicesCampus visits and tours
College awareness information
Financial aid counseling/application assistance
Instructional programs -i.e. parenting or financial education workshops, etc.
Parent support group
Target Populations servedBoys/young men
Low- to mid-academic performers
First generation to attend college
Youth still in foster care
Elementary school students
Middle school students
High school freshmen and sophomores
High school juniors and seniors
Historically under-represented people of color
MOC’s program participants are in grades K through 12; 55 percent are African American, 40 percent are Latino and 5 percent are of Asian heritage. 40 percent of our students come from low-income families and live in government assisted Section 8 housing.
Building Our Own Kids Academy (B.O.O.K.)
B.O.O.K. Academy provides a safe environment where youth can focus on educational needs. Adult and youth mentors volunteer their time in helping youth with homework completion, test preparation, and study techniques. Tutors are available to students who need one-on-one service to enhance academic success. In 2005 a group of volunteers founded the Reading Academy. This program requires children to read 20-30 minutes while at the center, identify the components of the reading material and use their comprehensive skills to discuss what has been read. Tutors help to equip and empower the students to read at grade level or above. The intervention program for those children who read below grade level is as follows: 1. communicating with the parent(s) to propose a plan for helping the child read better, and, 2. gaining the parents’ permission to create and review the child’s individualized education plan. While helping the child to read better, we help to instill a confidence level in them so that they too can realize the success.
Computer Advancement Center (C. A. C.)
C.A.C. offers classes and services that aid in the development of computer literacy and project based technology training. Youth accomplish tasks such as homework research via the Internet, resume writing, letter composition, and utilize educational based software for academic reinforcement. The objective is to provide hands-on computer training, and personal computer development so youth can be equipped to function in today’s technological environment.
Youth Leadership Program
Youth Leadership Program assists teens in making wise choices, and solidify their knowledge base and gain leadership skills. Youth mentors are able to gain community service hours, assisting other youth with homework completion and attending to special projects assigned by the MOC Coordinator