Every new school year has potential. Kids have a chance to learn something new, discover new talents and interests, and build new friendships during the school day.
But at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 kids nationwide do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. And in North Carolina, nearly 300,000 students in grades K-12 are alone or unsupervised after school.
We all know that learning does not stop at the end of the school day. There are so many opportunities for enrichment and growth between the dismissal bell and dinnertime for all students.
Our YMCA Before and After School Academy though the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina provides academic support to help students achieve their full potential. The newly-designed program features four, nine-week sessions, as well as holiday camps and spring break camp.
The Before and After School Academy is focused on key outcomes that impact a child’s lifelong success: academic support, sense of belonging, building confidence, growth and development, and character development.
At our Academy, the lessons learned in school are enhanced and expanded on through a dedicated curriculum that emphasizes reading and STEM — or science, technology, engineering, and math. Each day is filled with educational activities that also incorporate active play to develop a lifelong love of health and wellness. YMCA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards are followed to teach children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development.
The YMCA Before and After School Academy includes:
- Academic support
- Homework support
- Fitness and health education
- Confidence and character development
- Guest speakers and demonstrations
- Healthy snacks
- Service learning
The Y’s youth-centered programs leverage the best practices from YMCAs across the country to help youth and families nurture the potential of children during their out-of-school time. We see families as partners in each child’s development. Opportunities to strengthen the family unit and give the family and the YMCA the opportunity to work, play, learn, and thrive together are provided through our Before and After School Academy. For more information, visit our website.