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The Power Project

St. Francis Neighborhood Center, in the Spring of 2009, established an after school program called The Power Project.

The Power Project aims to provide high-quality after school programming for youth and families in the 21217 community. Programming consists of three major components (academics, enrichment, and social-emotional learning) all of which are intended to guide students in identifying and growing personal interests, strengths, and passions that will help in decision making towards a successful future. This program is 100% free of cost to families living, working or going to school in the 21217 community.

Power Project programming runs for eight months annually, between October and May and serves students in grades K-8. Participating students meet after school Monday through Thursday, for daily assistance with homework, academic extension activities, and a wide variety of enrichment classes (art, coding, dance, yoga, etc.). As a community-centered program, youth work to build meaningful relationships with not only their peers but also their teachers and program staff, through daily SEL-focused practices. Through these practices, youth strengthen learning around conflict resolution, goal-setting, and mindfulness.

Program Dates: October 7th- May 22nd

Program Day/Time: Monday-Thursday, 2:30pm-6:00pm

Eligible Students: Rising K-8th Grade Students *Students who are enrolled in PK in the fall of 2024 are not eligible for enrollment

Enrollment Open: Monday, July 29th
Enrollment Closed: Friday, August 30th

Check back soon when the enrollment link goes live!

How we measure success

  • Identify academic growth through collection of report cards, developing relationships with in-school teachers, & creating individualized tutoring plans
  • Authentic relationships developed with program caretakers, to create strong systems of support when/where needed
  • Track/measure daily attendance, participation & annual retention of students
  • Actively inclusive of all student & community feedback when planning programming, with pre- and post-surveys implemented as a best practice
  • Successful completion of student-set goals…