Project Description

Education in the Inner City

Coming from single parent homes, many Pulse students struggle in school. About half are already one year behind. Some have parents who have never finished high school. Many parents struggle to provide basic school supplies for their children. Reading is a critical bridge to success in school. Children generally are learning to read until third grade. By the fourth grade, they should be reading to learn.

Lowering the Drop Out Rate

Students who don’t read well have increasing difficulty keeping up. This can lead to poor grades, disengaging from school, and dropping out of high school. In fact, children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school. Nationally, two-thirds of students are not reading on grade level by fourth grade. That proportion rises to four-fifths for children from low-wage families

Educational Inequality

Duval County has one of the lowest graduation rates in the United States. The Pulse strives to bridge this gap by offering tutoring in all subjects, stressing reading proficiency and providing opportunities for young people to get the help they need to improve their grades.


The Pulse Studio is a quiet work space for kids to complete homework or read a book. Volunteers not only help with homework, but also encourage kids to stay in school, respect their teachers and do their very best. We keep our supply closet stocked so kids always have the tools they need to succeed. Very few Pulse kids have computers or internet access at home. The Pulse has seven computers connected to the internet. Pulse kids can use the lab to complete homework assignments, research projects, play learning games online and even print their work.


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