The Emily Shane Foundatuion's SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program was created following the tragic murder of thirteen-year-old Emily Rose Shane in April, 2010. As Emily struggled academically due to “learning differences”, our SEA Program serves those middle school students in the mainstream classroom with the intensive and individualized mentoring/tutoring they desperately need to allow them to succeed to their best academic potential. As we serve a disadvantaged population, the only “cost” of participation is for each SEA student is to perform one good deed or act of kindness for another for every mentoring/tutoring session received. This not only embraces our Foundation’s “Pass it Forward” motto, but also encourages a mindset of social consciousness in our youth. SEA is soley for students who could not otherwise the academic and personal guidance we provide.
Our mission statement: We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to succeed academically. In this day and age, completing middle school and high school is essential to pave the way to opportunities in life, whatever the future for these children holds - community college, a trade school, university, etc. Students who fit our profile often head down the wrong path, suffer low self-esteem, act out, give up, join gangs, turn to drugs, bully or are bullied, etc. The SEA Program provides them with the positive support and guidance to change attitudes, motivation and ultimately, guide them towards a better future. We are making a difference in children's lives.
We have served over 500 middle school students to date and are currently in our seventh year of operation. Currently, the SEA Program operates at 12 sites across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.