Children who are struggling in school have found the road to higher self-esteem and improved academic performance with the help of PAZZAZ, a unique after-school enrichment program. In recognition of the non-profit organization’s contributions, the Boys and Girls Foundation of San Diego awarded PAZZAZ a $10,000 program grant.
The Boys and Girls Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making grants to programs which provide preventive services or direct care to abused, neglected, and at-risk children within San Diego County.
Since 1995, PAZZAZ has provided homework assistance and tutoring for students in first grade through high school. About 85 percent of them improve by one letter grade in their most difficult subject area after one semester in the program. The program’s success is due to helping students believe in themselves and their ability to succeed.
“Many children who fail at school have just stopped trying,” said Zoneice Jones, president of PAZZAZ. “They don’t believe they can succeed. When we work with children on their homework, we help them realize that learning can be fun. As their grades improve, their self-confidence grows. Many of our students make the honor roll for the first time in their lives.”
Zoneice and her husband, Paul, founded PAZZAZ out of their concern about the literacy skills of children in their southeastern San Diego community. Prior to starting PAZZAZ, Zoneice Jones worked in human resources, where she interviewed many young people who were unprepared to succeed in work or in life. After Zoneice retired from the banking industry, and Paul from the Department of Defense, they committed themselves and their sources to provide effective educational and motivational intervention for underachieving youth. PAZZAZ now serves 700 children per year and has the desire to help more.
For more information on PAZZAZ, contact Zoneice Jones at 619-264-6870.