ACCESS Enrichment Program

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.

Educational Enrichment:

Focuses on improving English language and math skills through engaging reading and writing activities and educational games.

Social Development:

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.

Health and Wellness:

Promotes understanding of the link between physical and mental well being through participation in physical fitness, nutritional, personal reflection and healthy lifestyle activities.

Economic Empowerment:

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.

Community and Household Support:

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:

  • Improve confidence.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Increase capacity to build productive, healthy relationships with peers and adults.
  • Improve academic performance.
  • Stimulate creative and critical thinking.