What are After school sessions like?
Children gather for a snack and interactions with peers, staff and volunteer mentors/tutors when they arrive at HOPE. The time is utilized by staff and volunteers for positive role modeling of appropriate social behaviors for the children.
Each child works one-on-one for one hour with a mentor/tutor to complete homework assignments, study for tests or work on school projects. Free time activities are pursued in the remaining hour with group games, computer use and creative activities with peers under the direction of mentors/tutors.
What is HOPE for Kids Afterschool?
The After school program is a professionally directed mentoring and tutoring program, serving 32-36 children in grades 3-5. The curriculum is asset-based focusing on their strengths and building their self-esteem to overcome their academic or social/behavioral challenges.
The Academic Director supervises and assists volunteer mentors/tutors. After school works closely with the Gardner Public School faculty and parents in a unique and effective approach that is highly beneficial to the participants.
¨ Provide a nurturing environment of safety and respect that encourages learning, self-confidence, and independence.
¨ Provide a whole child approach by recognizing the participants’ strengths and identifying goals based on their individual needs in academics and personal development.
¨ Set participants on a path to successfully achieve grade promotions and ultimately high school graduation.
¨ Provide individual academic assistance and positive role modeling.
¨ Promote positive peer relationships.