Service Organizations
The Community Leadership Center - Ready, Set, Learn!‏
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jun 18, 2012 - 11:49:49 PM

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Brief History

The Community Leadership Center is a two year-old, registered non-profit entity that took its first steps towards social change via a reading center on Market St. The Grove in September of 2010 in a space donated by Cynthia “Mother” Pratt. Since then, the Reading Center has evolved into a Learning Center that focuses on both Language skills and Math skills. The founder and director of the Center is Chet Pratt (no relation), who started this project at the age of 24 as a result of a passion for community that was fostered in him during his time at Morehouse College (2004 – 2008) and as a result of having grown up in the nearby community of Ridgeland Park West. He was later joined by assistant directors, Pearl Pratt and Ryan Knowles, and numerous volunteers and donors who have allowed the center to be a success. The program currently serves 30 kids a day from the nearby Market St. Community.

Ready. Set. Learn.

Formerly known as “Ready. Set. Read.”, “Ready. Set. Learn.” is a multi-level educational program designed to comprehensively supplement education in the foundational subjects (Math, Reading and Language Arts) through individualized lesson plans.

Our goal is to combine proven e-learning programs with direct instruction methodologies in order to surpass the nationally recommended standards of performance for each student at each grade level. The program incorporates daily fun group activities, video games, board games, movies, music, prizes and food and beverages as a mean of encouraging participation, creating an engaging environment that kids want to be a part of.

Recent Upgrade:

A grant from the Lyford Cay Foundation has allowed us to move away from our effective but limited direct instruction learning methodologies, to an electronic-based classroom where learning is PC-based and catered to the needs of the student. Currently, our reading comprehension and mathematics needs are being met primarily through the means of the purchased computers and software with instructors functioning as facilitators to the e-learning materials.


The average student attending the center during its first year was nearly 3 grade levels behind in math during the year 2010 - 2011. 100% of the students underperformed compared to an international standards test in math. Keep in mind that most of the students attending the program were in primary school at the time.

The average student was nearly 2 grade levels behind in reading - this being the same student population that is behind in math.

Basically, an average student in 6th grade would be at a third grade level in math and a fourth grade level in reading.


Results for regular students during the first academic year was an average improvement in reading of 1.46 grade levels. For the first half-academic year in math (we were only a reading program initially), we managed an impressive 1.2 grade levels improvement.

We are currently performing our end of year evaluations and are expecting even better progress this year as we have observed amazing gains that are beginning to show via the GPAs of our students in school, which suggests that our approach of educational supplementation by focusing on Language Arts, Reading and Math is doing what it is meant to do: bolster overall achievement. The kids are catching up to their grade levels and with the use of our new learning software, expectations are very high for the upcoming year.


Ready. Set. Lead.

Our second program will focus on life/leadership skills development, as we feel that successful development of life skills will create all the qualities necessary to be successful leaders. Like the academic program, this program will also be highly incentivized to attract participants. We have purchased necessary equipment for this program as well and are in the process of developing the curriculum. The program will cater to the middle school and high school students who are already enrolled in Ready. Set. Learn. as a means of promoting overall success beyond merely academics. We plan on launching this program in the upcoming academic year.

Can you Help?

"We hope to raise the awareness of our activities, especially if it reaches the eyes/ears of people that want to get involved by volunteering or donating. We'd like those who may want to get involved with our facility to know that they are welcome to contact us regarding any questions or queries about the work we do and how they can assist," said Chet Pratt, Director.

"We'd also appreciate assistance with anyone how can help support our daily purchase of beverages/snacks. For our continuing educational needs, we'd appreciate assistance in the purchase of additional learning software. We have earmarked the following software:  http://www.ultimatevocabulary. com/"

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank The Lyford Cay Foundation (their grant enabled us to upgrade to an electronic learning environment), Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation (they gave us our initial funding), The Caribbean Civil Group (they've been our most loyal funder), and Signature Styles (another loyal contributor) for their generous support, and I hope other businesses or persons can feel inspired to also help our youth," said Pratt.


Contact Info:

Community Leadership Center
P.O. Box GT 2291
Nassau, Bahamas


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