Who We Are:
GapBuster, Inc. also known as GapBuster Learning Center, Inc. is a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) dedicated to promoting higher levels of achievement and closing the performance gap of students by enriching and supplementing the learning experience.
Founded in 1999, GapBuster, Inc. provides high-quality youth development and continuing education programming to over 3,000 individuals in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. Our organization offers many different free or low cost programs that service socio-economic disadvantaged and/or troubled youth and their families. Our programs enable students to meet their full potential in spite of socio-economic disadvantages through programs that will engage them academically and intellectually beyond the school day.
“Through supplemental education, enrichment programs, and leadership development training, GapBuster develops well-rounded individuals positioned to excel in academic, social, and professional environments.”
What We Do:
GapBuster, Inc. strives to raise the academic bar and close the learning gap for all students served. We focus on the unique individuality of each student by assessing their current skills and then building a dynamic program designed to enhance and motivate each students’ learning potential. Utilizing project-based learning (PBL), minorities and low-income students are exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In partnership with volunteers, parents and other public and private organization, GapBuster, Inc. creates programs and services that challenge students to achieve their maximum potential and become good citizens. Students are able to effect social change locally, nationally and international while serving their community and training to becoming our future leaders.
GapBuster Learning Center, as part of GapBuster Inc., provides programming for students in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland, in the forms of after-school leadership development, a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, college preparation, and drop-out prevention programs.
Through our collaborations with Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, students learn about gardening, nutrition, cooking, and healthy eating coupled with impact of physical activity. GapBuster, Inc. create a program that offered an innovative approach to making physical activity accessible, affordable and fun by establishing the GapBuster Bike Riding Club to increase our students and parents physical activity. Additionally, students learn engineering concepts utilizing bicycles for example how to create a bicycle generator, how to make a bicycle blender, and how a bicycle creates energy. Students will have the opportunity to construct a bike that will make smoothies by pedaling using fruit and vegetables from the garden, build a generator that lights up lights, and learn about angular momentum by using the rotating chair with bicycle wheel.
As GapBuster, Inc. Builds Scholars for the Future we develop leaders for the World.
While working as a physician and becoming a community advocate, Dr. Yvette Butler, Executive Director, realized that inequities still existed in public education between minorities and non-minorities. Minority students were placed in low achieving academic tracks; this was seen especially in mathematics, while their peers were place in high achieving tracks. Knowing that all students are capable if offered the opportunity and support, she started volunteering in her home to assist youth in the area of math.
In October 2001, GapBuster, Inc. became a non-profit organization targeting socio-economic disadvantaged and troubled minority youth. Over the years, the organization has grown to offer an array of programming for the targeted population to ensure wraparound services for students and their families.
Unfortunately disparities exist in many areas including health and GapBuster, Inc. plans to close this gap through education. It is well established that there is a strong correlation between education and health. Well educated individuals experience better health than poorly educated, as indicated by higher levels of physical activity and lower levels of morbidity, mortality, and disability. In contrast, lower educational attainment is associated with higher rates of infections, asthma, obesity and multiple other health disorders.
More than a third (25 million) of American children are overweight or at risk for being overweight. One in four Black children ages 6 to 17 is overweight, compared with one in seven White children. Among Black teenage girls ages 12 to 19, more than 40% are overweight or at risk of overweight. Children who are overweight or obese face a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems like stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
GapBuster, Inc. is committed to “Educate, Elevate and Empower,” our community through the power of education.