When a student falls behind in school, it can be very difficult to catch back up. This problem is often compounded throughout the course of her/his academic journey. A student who cannot read at grade level by the 3rd grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school.
Kids Club meets elementary students where they are at in their academic journey and skill levels. Our after-school mentoring, literacy tutoring, and homework assistance help students increase their reading levels and lay a foundation for future academic success.
Middle School & High School
Middle school and high school is an important time of both academic and personal growth. Teenage students must manage more rigorous coursework as well as navigate a variety of positive and negative influences. 88% of students that are not academically proficient and/or drop out of high school eventually are incarcerated or receive welfare benefits.
The Foundry is an after-school restorative justice program for middle- and high school students. The Foundry qualifies as an alternative to court-mandated forms of restitution such as juvenile detention and large fines, as well as a recognized substitute for academic and behavioral suspension. The Foundry helps students stay on track academically and provides a safe, positive place for them to spend after-school hours. Local business professionals also teach weekly classes in trade skills like cinematography and computer programming, and students learn to express themselves through creative arts like spoken word poetry.
Adulthood presents a variety of social, academic, and economic challenges. Without a support structure, young adults can have difficulty navigating the complexities of higher education, health care, financial responsibility, parenthood, and home ownership.
Life & Legacy
The Life & Legacy initiative offers adults literacy classes, free legal services, health and wellness classes, and senior adult fairs and wellness screenings. Life & Legacy also partners with the COBA baby café, a support and resource program for mothers with infant children, and supports neighborhood high school students by accompanying them on college visits and helping navigate the admissions process. Life & Legacy’s newest initiative is our “Rent to Own” program. Two-thirds of a median U.S. household’s net worth is in their home’s equity. This program guides adults and their families through the life-altering transition from renting an apartment to owning a home.