Student Help Project
The Student Help Project (SHP) began in 1963 to tutor students in South Jamaica, Queens. The program, led primarily by Stan Shaw and Michael Wenger, sought to fill in educational gaps created by de facto segregation in New York City schools, which created school districts based off of neighborhoods loosely based off of racial borders. This led to ghettoization of the schools because often these schools were underfunded, especially in the poor and black neighborhoods.
In the summer, SHP also sent a group of students to tutor children down to Virginia to Prince Edward County. The school district there recently closed all public schools as a response to federally mandated integration, greatly impacting the black community which had no other educational options besides public school. The goal of SHP was to help with other organizations in keeping the educational level of the children up to par until the schools were reopened.
Visit the Student Help Project Timeline to see more orginial letters, memos, press and fliers that document the program.