The After School Enrichment Program is a place for children in grades K-8 to participate during the hours when there may be no adult supervision in the home. The primary purpose of this program is to enhance academic achievement. We also provide children with opportunities to engage in activities that benefit them socially, emotionally, and physically. The program includes homework time, learning activities, snack and recreation. The activities are conducted and planned by staff trained to meet the needs of our children and to be positive adult role models. The program is flexible to accommodate children from different age groups and at the same time to fulfill the special needs of the individual child. The After School Enrichment Program is designed to supplement and support the child’s experiences at school and at home.
General Program Goals
- To improve school behavior and performance by providing high quality and integrated out-of-school programming for children and families
- To develop grass-roots community leaders with the skills to reduce barriers to positive, child, family, and school functioning
- To increase collaboration between the family, school, and community to improve children’s learning.
Our program is located on the campus of David Burcham K-8 School. The district, LBUSD, holds the contract while the YMCA of greater Long Beach, Downtown Community Development Branch operates the program. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Downtown Community Development Branch operates 12 after school sites in Long Beach, 10 elementary school after school programs and 2 middle school after school programs.
The After School Program at David Burcham K-8 serves 110 students and their families. Each day, the youth have a nutritious snack, engage in teambuilding recreational activities, and receive assistance with homework. In addition, the youth participate in a balanced literacy program and enrichment activities including: youth council, cooking, art, math, science, theater arts and computer/technology classes.
The After School Program maintains a strong relationship with the school day and regularly collaborates with the teachers and principal ensuring a seamless transition from school to after school. By partnering with the school, the YMCA After School Program at David Burcham K-8 School is building strong kids, strong families, and a strong community!
Program Goals for 2009-2010
- Support and Help students’ proficiency in Language Arts by incorporating stem questions into Academic Lessons.
- Incorporating a program wide vocabulary word of the week to expand students’ test taking vocabulary.
- Support and help students’ proficiency in math facts.
- Become involved with the school day with building stronger relationships with teachers and faculty through socials or participating in school wide events.