Stacy Brock has become known to the Washington University in St. Louis community through her work establishing and managing a tutoring program at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club in East St. Louis in partnership with Campus Y’s Greg Delos Y-Tutor Program. Stacy not only runs the program but also works to educate Washington University students on social issues in an attempt to create an understanding of her program’s mission.
Before transferring to WUSTL, Stacy was involved in a tutoring program at George Washington University that served children from low-income families. When she came to WUSTL she enrolled in classes through the Education department and sparked an interest studying literacy and helping community members in low-income areas. In her junior year at WUSTL, Stacy felt a void in her life and could not find a tutoring program that suited her interests. After the Campus Y received a call that the Boys and Girls Club was in need of tutors, Stacy knew she could be of assistance. Despite advice from administrators that starting a tutoring program in East St. Louis would be too difficult, Stacy took on the challenge.
Stacy is a graduating senior from Mequon, Wisconsin. As a Psychology and Educational Studies double major and a French minor, Stacy completed a senior honors thesis project through the Department of Education. Her thesis, entitled, A Critical Inquiry into Starting a Community-Based Tutoring Program, examines the essential elements of starting and maintaining a student-run after-school tutoring program at the East St. Louis Boys and Girls Club.
Aside from traveling to the Boys and Girls Club at least three times a week to tutor, Stacy is a member of the Varsity Tennis Team and is an “Our Choices” Peer Educator through which she educates her peers to drink responsibly.
Upon graduating, Stacy plans on attending Boston College’s Donovan Urban Teaching Scholarship Program to research reading and literacy. In the future, she hopes to shape policies and curricula for the better.
Stacy’s nominator and fellow program leader for Greg Delos Y-Tutor, Amanda Mount, said, “Whether she’s helping a child read a challenging book or standing in Mallinckrodt trying to convince students to help a child in East St. Louis, Stacy’s faith that everyone can do just a little better whether by learning a new word or learning to teach that word, shines.”