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The Youth Services Department provides programs, activities and services that promote positive behaviors, support academic learning, and encourage civic engagement. The purpose of the Youth Services Department is to develop healthy and capable young people and families.
After School Programming
The purpose of the After School Program is to improve academic achievement, provide opportunities for enrichment activities in a safe and healthy environment and encourage engage parents. Currently, afterschool programming is provided at Sánchez and Betances School in the City of Hartford. Our programs provide a safe environment where parents leave their children after school, and they receive creative opportunities that promote learning and civic engagement to connect children with their community.
Program offerings include:
• Academic Support/Tutoring
Academic and tutoring support is provided one-on-one and in small groups by certified teachers and paraprofessionals.
• Health and wellness
Nutrition education and physical activities are provided to encourage children and youth to maintain and improve their health, reduce health-related risk behaviors and develop health-related knowledge and skills.
• Enrichment activities
Enrichment activities include art, music and dancing, sports, literacy projects, leadership training and social and emotional skills building.
• Civic engagement
Community services projects are developed by the students and their parents based on identified needs in the community. Those projects are accomplished with the assistance of program staff.
• Parent Engagement
Parents are encouraged to participate in all afterschool activities. Workshops are conducted monthly covering topics identified by them. Parents and staff meet regularly to discuss children’s success plans and academic performance.
A five-week summer camp is conducted during summer school vacation. The program offers fun, and safe camp activities where children make friends and share memories that last a lifetime. The summer camp provides academic enrichment and opportunities to enjoy fun and creative activities.
The camp offers a wide variety of daily activities, including:
• Health and Nutrition education activities
• Arts and crafts
• Music and Dance
• Sports and Field Trips
Neighborhood Youth Center Leadership Program
This program builds leaders through youth leadership training, mentoring and community services. It includes “junior leaders” in 4th and 5th grades, and “senior leaders” in older grades, middle and high school students. Tutoring is also provided. Leaders meet once per week to decide on upcoming events, afterschool programming, advocating, and planning community service projects.
Family Resource Center
The program goal is to ensure children enter school ready to learn and thrive. The program provides intensive early child development education and support to parents. Program activities are delivered by certified parent educators (certified by Parent As Teachers).
The services include family risk assessments, parent workshops, parent networking meetings, child development screenings, play groups, technical assistance with obtaining community services, and other advocated referrals. In addition, child milestone screenings are conducted. The program targets families with children from birth to five years of age.