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Programs and Services for Children and Teens

After-School Enrichment

After-school enrichment provides children in the 1st through 8th grades individual tutoring, academic support and homework assistance Monday through Friday, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers from Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University and Towson University provide a minimum of four hours of individual tutoring to students per week. Reading and writing are emphasized and encouraged through various means.

The After School Enrichment Program also focuses on strengthening and improving math skills through tutoring efforts and applied learning and enrichment activities. Many of the activities include math skill components that reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

Enrichment activities in the area of art and crafts, music, dance and  drama are major components to the program and provide the children with experiences they would not otherwise have.

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Study Buddy

This program offers one-on-one tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students. Students are matched with volunteers for one-on-one tutoring. This program is free and meets Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Access Art/Youthlight Photography Project

For students who enjoy the opportunity to learn the art of photography; using the camera as means of artistic expression. Students learn the art and technique of “shooting” an image, processing film and developing prints. Classes meet Thursday 3:00-6:00 p.m. Notably, in 2007, Youthlight Photography received the prestigious President’s Coming Up Taller Award, a national award for outstanding after-school arts programming awarded to only 15 programs each year.

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Summer Enrichment Program

For children in the community (1st through 8th grades) who would benefit in participating in a busy, exciting and educational program that is designed to encourage personal growth, increase individual self-esteem, improve interpersonal and social skills, and foster a sense of family and community. The program also reinforces academic skills by incorporating reading, writing and math into daily activities; reading stories aloud, writing individual plays, and playing board games that address mathematical concepts and problem solving. Children participate in daily swimming and recreational activities at the Roosevelt Recreation Center. Field trips to the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Walters Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, and Sports Legends Museum provide children the opportunity to visit area landmarks and cultural institutions throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. We also participate in sports clinics with the First Tee of Baltimore and Downtown Sailing Center.

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Youth Voice

This program, created in an effort to attract youth too old for after school and summer programming and too young for adult programs, utilizes a recording studio built and housed by the Family Center. Youth Voice offers youth the opportunity to compose and record their own creations using Pro-Tools, a computer production program. Pro-Tools allows students to layer tracks and create original music. In addition, there is the opportunity to expand to keyboard, drum and guitar lessons. A Towson University music major facilitates this program. Youth Voice meets Monday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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WIC (Women Infants & Children)

The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program serving pregnant women and children 5 and under. WIC is on site the second Thursday of each month to register those eligible.

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