This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women doing good in their communities.
Mrs. Pamela Clark is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Heights Educational Group, Inc. (NHEG). NHEG is an award winning organization which promotes literacy for all families from all backgrounds.
Along with homeschooling her children for 13 years, Pamela explored other options such as charter schools and local public schools. Mrs. Clark noticed peculiarities in these systems that affected her children’s learning abilities. In addition, other families were asking questions regarding improvements required in their children’s educational experiences. Mrs. Clark discovered that the families were able to help each other in understanding methods to teach children with learning difficulties such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, Autism, neurological disorders, and processing disorders. In addition to more successful child-focused learning techniques, families also found they were able to cope better with their children’s struggles because of increased social support. This experience gave credibility to Mrs. Clark’s vision of having a Resource and Literacy Center that would function as a place for families to come for educational help and support. This is how NHEG was founded.
NHEG provides fill-in-the-gap, one-on-one tutoring for youth and adults. All teachers and students are required to meet three hours a week over a three-day period. Mrs. Clark believes that fill-in-the-gap type tutoring is necessary for reaching students that have been left behind in traditional settings. With a passion for strengthening education, Mrs. Clark works relentlessly to improve the lives of families that need assistance. She also provides guidance, training, and resources for different learning styles to teachers and tutors. She believes that everyone deserves a fair and equal education, if they are willing to work for it. With the help of over 75 volunteers, NHEG helps in furthering families’ education goals.
Read the interview below to learn more about what inspires Pamela to give.
How do you give back?
I promote education and culture of respect for fellow human beings through my foundation, New Heights Educational Group, Inc.
What inspired you to start giving?
I feel that giving back to the community is my calling and something I'm very passionate about.
What does giving mean to you?
We say that children are the future, but there are a number of obstacles in raising children. When I saw these hurdles and families struggling, I knew that someone needed to take a stand. This is when I decided to start offering educational resources for everyone regardless of their beliefs and school choice.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back?
If you have a skill or talent, then you should consider volunteering. Find a cause that you care about and help out to advance that cause. It will not only help you build your resume, but also your skills. Volunteering/Giving back will also give you a lot of satisfaction.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
I feel very satisfied whenever I work with a family or student that was on the verge of giving up. When they start to believe it's an incredible moment, I know that I have contributed to giving them hope. When we start to see growth, that just makes the work very rewarding.