Option A: Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:00 PM PT
Option B: Saturday, 4:30 - 5:00 PM PT
Grades: 1 to 8
Program Leader: Grace Zhang
Program Description: Reading is easy—understanding what you’ve read is the hard part. It’s too often that students finish reading a novel without ever realizing what the author was alluding to or what anything meant beyond face value. YAPA Kids’ reading program seeks to address this issue by not only exploring different literary texts, but also engaging in in-depth rhetorical analysis in order to best understand each author’s underlying message. Through the class, students will also be able to strengthen their aptitude in reading comprehension and expand their vocabulary. Students of all grade levels are welcome to join and improve their ability to read critically!
Program Teachers: Grace Zhang, Olivia Song, Angelica Wang, Katie To, Calista Adler, Sonya Surapaneni, Soomin Sun, Kayla Chen, Tamanna Malhotra, Rahul Rangaraaj, Alekhya Sreerama, Arush Medam, Joel Elango, Dina Shirazi, Sara Shirazi, Dominique Ruedaflores, Christina Nguyen
Hey guys! My name is Olivia Song and I am a rising junior at Moreau Catholic HIgh School. I loved reading since I was little and I still love it to this day. I mostly like to read fiction novels such as the Percy Jackson series or even a big book such as Sherlock Holmes! I love writing also and am currently working on a novel on Wattpad! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability!
Hai hai, everyone! My name is Angelica and I'm a freshman at Monta Vista High School. Yay 2023. I was the founder and former president of the Kennedy Middle School literature club back in 8th grade. We did a lot of good work recommending, reading, and analyzing a wide variety of books, and everyone had lots of laughs and learning with that. I was also a fairly avid story writer, and a small collection of my fiction and poetic works have gotten me accepted into institutions such as Interlochen with a $2000 scholarship. I acknowledge that I am but an amateur writer (my lit teacher agrees), however, if you have any questions about some of these really cool programs, I'm sure I or someone else I know would be happy to help you out. And fortunately, I do have a life outside of smashing my face in a book, and that would include participation in YAPA’s Fall 2019 season, marching band/winter percussion, and debate. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who loves to read just as much as I have ten years ago. :)
Hi everyone, my name is Sonya, and I'm a rising sophomore at The Athenian School. I'm excited to meet all of you!
Hi everyone! I'm Soomin and I'm an incoming junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I do much reading analysis in school and outside of school. I work with kids a lot so I am beyond excited to teach!
Hey bookworms! I am Kayla and I love learning! Reading pushes me out of my boundaries to travel to different worlds, to adapt to a whole new character with a completely different personality, and to just learn more about life. I hope through my class, you will be motivated to taste more genres and styles of stories.
Hey guys! My name is Tamanna Malhotra and I am a sophomore (starting August 2020) at American High School. I love sitting down with my dog and reading mystery books! I also love reading fantasy books and imagining the stories as I go along to make them feel real. I hope to engage students to enjoy reading novels!
Hi, my name is Rahul Rangaraaj and I am a rising sophomore at Mission San Jose High School. I have always loved reading in my spare time and enjoy everything related to English. I would like to spread this joy and interest in reading to many others.
Hi guys! My name is Alekhya Sree Rama and I'm a rising sophomore at American High School. Reading is one of my main interests, and I've read many genres and types of novels. I love analyzing different texts and finding their hidden meanings, and I'm glad I get to teach you guys how to do that! I'm excited to help everyone increases their vocab and comprehension levels as well!
Hello, my name is Arush Medam and I am an incoming sophomore at Cupertino High School. From a young age I always enjoyed reading and I would like to help others get better at reading so they can enjoy it as well.
Hi guys, I'm Joel, a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I've loved reading ever since I was really small and I still do now. Whenever I get up the first thing I do is get up read for and hour, and then brush my teeth. Reading is a great way to take your mind off the real world or even just while away time. I hope you guys can learn to love reading as much as I do.
Hi! My name is Dina Shirazi and I am an incoming 10th grader from San Diego, California. I have a deep passion for reading. The literary world has such variety and has definitely helped shape me into who I am, and I hope through this class I can introduce it in a fun way and ignite student's love for reading! I want to show students that reading is a leisurely/enjoyable activity, before they reach higher academic grades, and are assigned many different books and passages to read, and it becomes all about the grade rather the content itself.
Hi! My name is Sara Shirazi, and I am a rising junior at Canyon Crest Academy. Reading has always been a passion of mine, and to be able to share that with others is truly a gift. I am beyond excited to teach!
Hi everyone! My name is Dominique Ruedaflores and I'm currently a junior at Ramona Convent Secondary School. Ever since I was a young girl, I've always had an immense passion for reading and would spend all of my free time invested in a good book. When reading, I feel like I can creatively escape into another world of people, places, and ideas, where one's imagination is truly emphasized. Currently, my favorite class in school is AP English Language and Composition and find great job in analyzing different literary works! Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to teach children about the wonders of reading and literary analysis.
Hello everyone! My name is Christina Nguyen and I am currently a Junior in high school, I attend Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have taken rigorous courses all throughout high school, this year I am taking AP Literature and I've started to develop a love for classic literature ever since entering this class. I read a lot on my spare time and I write my own poems as well. I am so excited to work with you all!!