At the start of the pandemic, we stopped enrolling new students and training new tutors. Our program shifted to helping those currently in our program stay connected in the new virtual landscape. We offered countless hours of workshops, tech support, Zoom calls, and check-ins with tutors and students to provide support wherever we could.
Like many organizations and individuals, we changed our operations. Technology and virtual instruction allowed us to reach more people in multiple ways. Our virtual Citizenship class enrollment quadrupled. Sixty-six new volunteers trained virtually to tutor. And now, one year into the pandemic, we are ready to start accepting new students at a limited capacity.
Starting in February, we resumed scheduling intake appointments for new students. At this time, we can only enroll eight to ten new students each month. As our tutor training sessions continue to grow and COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, we hope to increase that number each month.
While we are not prepared to say when we will fully reopen our building and resume normal operations, we are excited to start welcoming new faces into our program.