YMCA joining afterschool enrichment program

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Summerville Family YMCA is announcing a partnership with The Dorchester County Communities In Schools to help them continue their Afterschool Enrichment program. The after school program will incorporate a unique strategy by bridging the traditional boundaries of formal and information learning to improve student academic and social outcomes. It will begin in August 2014 and work with Dorchester District Two to offer high quality afterschool programs to low-income children who attend Joe Pye Elementary, Alston Middle and River Oaks Middle School.

“The DCCIS program will assist youth in developing life and social skills through enrichment experiences and family engagement activities,” Lauren Bailey, DCCIS Board Chairman, states. “A partnership with the YMCA & DD2 will only make our community stronger and empower children to stay in school and achieve in life.”

“DD2 appreciates and is thankful that the YMCA has stepped up to partner with DCCIS to enable the 21st Century Learning Centers to continue in three of our schools,” Joe Pye, DD2 Superintendent states. “This quality after school program will make a difference for many of our students.”

Communities in Schools is the only dropout prevention program in the nation proven to increase graduation rates. Recent third-party findings confirm of the many organizations working to improve student outcomes, CIS, through coordination of services, is proven to be more effective, and result in higher graduation rates, and higher percentages of students reaching proficiency in math and reading. For more information on CIS proven results please visit http://www.communitiesinschools.org/our-impact/.

The Summerville Family YMCA will operate the enrichment programs set in place by DCCIS and will offer after school support, counseling, mentoring, homework assistance, and tutoring in Math and English/Language Arts for students at 21st Century Learning Centers in DD2 schools.

“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Gary Lukridge, CEO, Summerville Family YMCA. “This Afterschool Enrichment program will promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”

Lukridge says the program will provide:

A safe and engaging environment that extends learning beyond the school day and encourages increased school attendance and the development of real-world competencies such as self-management, leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and decision-making.

Academic enrichment to improve scholastic performance and provide opportunities for students to engage deeply in academic content in non-traditional learning environments, such as project-based learning; service learning clubs, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) clubs.

Arts and cultural enrichment across a broad array of experiences such as dance, drama, music, spoken word clubs and field trips.

Health and wellness activities that include the facilitation of sports, fitness, and other structured movement, along with programs related to food, nutrition and culinary skills.

As a leading nonprofit for youth development, the Y believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. In YMCA afterschool programs, millions of youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.

For more information or if interested in a job position for the DCCIS Afterschool Enrichment Program, please visit www.summervilleymca.org or contact YMCA Senior Programs Director, Robin Carter at 771-2934.

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