Instead of having nowhere to go and nothing productive to engage in after school, the ACCESS Enrichment Program (AEP) provides a safe, productive space for vulnerable children between 10-16 years old when they are out-of-school to actively engage in experiential learning activities. The AEP is contextualized to the needs of children in the local community and specifically designed to address their social-emotional learning needs. Our programs and activities reflect the five components of our child-centered model and inspire Achievers to develop the confidence, resilience and self-reliance that lead to self-advocacy and productive decision-making skills.
Focuses on improving English language and math skills through engaging reading and writing activities and educational games.
Develops capacity to build productive relationships with peers and adults and stimulates creative thinking through unstructured/free play, creative arts, music & dancing, creative writing and mentoring support.
Promotes understanding of the link between physical and mental well being through participation in physical fitness, nutritional, personal reflection and healthy lifestyle activities.
Encourages discovery and exploration of potential career opportunities through skills assessments, guest speakers and group discussions. Introduces importance of financial education and literacy through age-appropriate activities.
Brings caregivers, local resources and community partners into the discussion to create a robust support system for the children.
Through the course of the year, our Achiever participates in the AEP:
Hours per day: 2-3
Days per week: 2-3
Weeks per year: 35
Total hours participating in AEP: up to 250 hours of educational enrichment and experiential activities.
Objectives for Achievers who participate in the AEP: