W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center, Inc.




Building Minds

Community Involvement


The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center evolved from the union of a Mathematics Program sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and a Reading program sponsored by theYouth Fellowship Board of the Paseo United Methodist Church. In 1973, these two programs joined together to form the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.

Through the efforts of a few volunteers, the Learning Center opened in the Fall of 1973 serving a small number of students; it now serves over 400 students per year. The volunteer staff consist of certified teachers, medical personnel, accountants, engineers, mathematicians, computer programmers, chemists and business personnel.

Students attending the Learning Center are referred by parents, teachers and other school officials. Enrollment data indicates 85% of the students participating in program activities at the Learning Center attend the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools.


The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center is committed to providing tutorial services for the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the areas of reading, mathematics, science, and computer science.


To enhance the academic performance of elementy and secondary students, services of the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center are designed:

Building Minds

Since its inception, the DuBois Learning Center has served thousands of youth in areas of intensive tutoring and motivation in reading, mathematics, and science. Educational and vocational counseling services are also provided.

Our Success in Building Minds

Kenneth was in the 4th grade when his mother enrolled him in the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center. Having serious difficulties with addition and subtraction, Kenneth was placed with a group of students experiencing similar problems. In just 15 weeks (two hours per week) he learned to add, subtract, multiply, and divide and was promoted to fractions. Sixteen weeks later, Kenneth mastered fractions and learned to convert decimals to percents. Exceptional? Yes, but typical of students attending the Learning Center. The Center offers Kenneth and many others like him an opportunity to experience academic success. Successful participation in Learning Center classes also results in the early promotion and placement in accelerated classes for many of our elementary students.

Lisa became a Learning Center student while in elementary school and demonstrated superior ability. She was placed in the enrichment program wherein she continued to excel. As a result, The Kansas City, Missouri School District allowed her to take freshman algebra during her seventh grade year. Lisa's academic performance enabled her to receive a scholarship to Praire View A &M University where she graduated in mechanical engineering.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement is the foundation of the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center. Believing in organized self-help, Learning Center volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Volunteers dedicated to delivering quality service to the community, spend countless hours tutoring children, organizing events, and identifying resources. Because teaching is our main service and the area which requires the most support, there are always openings for dedicated individuals. Interested persons can best support this area by volunteering a few hours per week as classroom instructors. Other important volunteer positions include administrators, consultants clerical workers, researchers, and classroom assistants.


There are few supplementary programs designed to meet the demand of the growing number of parents seeking tutorial assistance for their children. In talking with principals, counselors and teachers in the Kansas City School District, they invariably concurred with the need for individualized tutorial assistance and have developed a working relationship with the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.

The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center has traditionally served a community that requires a high volume of educational assistance. With the current state of the economy many parents cannot afford private education or pay for tutorial services. Therefore, our program serves as an alternative for those economically disadvantaged parents who want a quality education for their children.

Program Description

Classes at the center are held three days weekly, two hours each session on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The program year allows for two twelve-week semesters and an end of year parent conference.


Our reading program is designed to aid those students who are experiencing some difficulties with word recognition, pronunciation and comprehension. The program is essentially remedial and caters to grade levels one through eight. It consist of three basic groups: grade levels one through three, four and five, and six through eight.

The program is directed to meet the needs of students who may read anywhere from a few months to several years below their achievement level. Thus, the main objective is to assist these students in their efforts to achieve their potential reading ability.


The mathematics program has five basic levels. The first level serves pre-school children, beginning at age four and children needing help with number recognition, counting, addition and subtraction. The second level works on multiplication and division. The third level focuses on fractions, decimals, percents and what we may loosely call pre-algebra. The fourth level caters to students who have mastered the skills in the third level but who are not yet in high school algebra. The fifth level of tutoring includes carry-over material from level four; mastery of present high school mathematics courses and time permitting college level material is introduced.


The science program consist of two groups: (1) students interested in science, needing science enrichment in logical reasoning, problem solving, and fundamentals; and (2) students taking courses, needing academic improvement in assignments, exams, experiments, and science projects. The program activities are considered to be primarily enrichment and are closely related to the mathematics program. Our goal is to help prepare the younger students to take high school chemistry and physics.

The program serves students in grades five through twelve in general, earth, and physical science, along with the following core courses; biology, chemistry, and physics. The activities of the program include the following topics:

Earth Science

The main objective of the program is to encourage more students to pursue education and careers in science and technology.

Computer Science

The goal of the computer science program is to introduce students to the world of computer science by utilizing self-pace, user friendly software and computer literate instructors(lectures).


The program parallels the mathematics program in that it offers a series of courses that build upon each other. There are three specific levels for the computer science program. The first and second level courses will be implemented immediately after obtaining the equipment. The third level will be developed and implemented within 18 months of the start of the first and second level course.

English Program Expansion via Computer Science

Program Objectives

The goal of the computer-aided English Program is to expand our current English program by focusing on the following areas using self-pace, interactive-user friendly software.

Our Legacy

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