A Fresh – and Effective – Approach to After School
FRESH Afterschool Initiative
Hard Outcomes: Improve academic achievement and work to overcome the social, behavioral, health and safety challenges facing mid-school youth living in poverty. During the 2015-2016 school year, attendance and participation rates increased, reading proficiency scores jumped 67% and math scores rose 36%.
Objectives: Team with daytime teachers to ensure lesson plans and program efforts reinforce key learning objectives. Connect with parents and cross-pollinate with other initiatives to help stabilize the entire family. Develop “Fun, Relevant, Enriching, Scholastic, and Holistic” learning experiences to engage students.
Approach: Partner with local school districts to provide at least ten hours of after-school programming to 60+ students. Create experiential learning activities that build resiliency and decision-making skills. Support the entire family to resolve other crises, find resources and seek stability.
Evidence: This initiative has achieved strong advances in attendance rates and double-digit increases in math and reading proficiency scores since its inception. Numerous educational studies demonstrate that at-risk children benefit from longer, more enriching school days.