We envision vibrant community schools, rather than closing at 3 p.m. and going dark.
Our after-school classes are high quality and aligned to each school’s goals. The classes are offered on-site at the school and helps keep kids off the streets. We offer enrichment classes like circus skills, photography, chess, computer blogging, gymnastics and choir. In addition, we offer classes that are more academic in nature, such as Homework Center, Wacky Science, I’m Going to College, and Explorations in Math. Our goal is to help children to stay engaged in learning, be motivated to succeed in school, and have the confidence to achieve.
In addition, we offer summer classes that are aimed at reducing “summer loss”that many students experience during their months off. These classes also provide students with the opportunity to learn new and exciting things.
Classes are held in the afternoon directly following school at the schools listed below. Classes are open to all students grades K-5, regardless of which school the student attends.
Goal: Engage students through expanded learning opportunities that focus on strengthening student esteem, empowerment and expression.
Key Outcome: Students are motivated and engaged.
In recognition of the effectiveness of our Extended Learning program, our after-school program at John Muir Elementary was ONE of only FOUR programs selected by the Department of Education to be featured nationally on the “Doing What Works” Clearinghouse website (http://www.ed.gov/) for research-based education practices online. Some of YMCA Powerful Schools’ program materials, including evaluation, surveys, design and curriculum are featured on the website for use by other organizations.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 93% of students reported that they felt more motivated and/or engaged in school as a result of our programs.
Through YMCA Powerful Schools’ Extended Learning Program, we work to align each after school and summer class to individual school goals, which extends the learning day and develops the skills, self-esteem and confidence of participating children. Last year we offered over 5,000 hours of after-school programming, serving more than 1,124 students throughout the school year and summer.