1. We create a sense of belonging within the students at their new middle schools.
- We are located inside the students’ schools and can give your child a chance to connect with familiar kids in a different environment.
- Reach generally offers students more individual supervision than during the school day. As a result, kids with learning or attention issues are more likely to be included and feel part of the group.
2. We work to improve social skills by promoting cooperation, support and respect.
- This can help kids feel more secure about joining a game or starting a conversation. And if they slip up, we are there to remind them to take turns or avoid interrupting.
3. We provide academic support with structured homework help and direct contact with students’ teachers.
- The significant increase of assigned homework in middle school often causes friction between kids and their parents. Students’ ability to finish their homework during our program can make everyone’s evening more pleasant and relaxing and open it for other activities.
- We encourage team learning during homework time, allowing students to lead and assist each other in completing assignments while making sure each kid is doing his or her own work.
4. We strive to make learning more fun.
- We love to work with the kids on science, math, language arts and on computers. In these sessions, we don’t administer tests but instead have students work together in groups. For kids with learning and attention issues, these classes can be stress-free, fun and meaningful. We also offer options like art, cooking and life skills, which can help kids find new interests.
5. We provide safety and supervision before and after sports and clubs.
- Sadly kids today are more likely than in the past to be victimized or engage in risky behavior, especially those with learning and attention issues. Research shows that kids are most likely to commit crimes, drink, use drugs or become the victims of crime hours between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. By keeping kids busy, we try to prevent them from engaging in those risky behaviors. Studies also show that being in an afterschool program can result in better grades and fewer behavioral problems.
Bonus: We work to build confidence.
- For pre-teens and kids, including those with learning and attention issues, our program may feel more forgiving than school: the stakes may not feel as high. As a result, they may be more willing to try new things and take more risks. This, in turn, can lead to higher self-esteem.