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Academic Enrichment

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is an academic enrichment after-school program that provides educational opportunities to motivate, educate and challenge students to achieve their highest potential. In addition to tutoring and providing core academic subject material, the program incorporates social emotional learning, character education, recreational activities, and goal development to create well-rounded individuals. Each session maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio to ensure high quality interaction between youth and adults. The 21st CCLC provides academic and enrichment services 4 or 5 days a week for a total of 10 hours after school for at least 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks during the summer. A team of teachers, instructors, and tutors, led by a full time Educational Site Leader provides each student with the personal attention needed to develop skills in core subjects, as well as help with daily homework assignments. Hands-on and project-based learning activities are implemented in all daily lessons. We understand that there is no uniform way of learning for all students; therefore, our program staff uses alternative methods of teaching that complement students' diverse learning styles, their interests, and support social and emotional development. Currently, our program serves elementary, middle and high school students at 20 schools in metro Detroit.

Language Arts Enrichment Center 

The Language Arts Enrichment Center offers two 45-minute sessions per week and are taught by a certified teacher. The program includes reading comprehension, grammar, spelling and vocabulary skills, and interactive language arts games.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center offers daily 45-minute sessions with a certified instructor and two tutors. Assistance is available in all subject areas and includes reading and study groups

Math Enrichment Center 

Two 45-minute sessions are available per week and are taught by a certified instructor. Programs help students strengthen and apply math skills to everyday life through interactive games.

Computer Center

Two 45-minute sessions are available per week and include basic computer skills, learning how to locate relevant information on the Internet, web page creation and Adobe PowerPoint presentations

Youth Development Center

Two 45-minute sessions are available per week. Topics include: Healthy Body Healthy Minds, Career Opportunities, Success and Organization, Self Esteem, Life Skills, Leadership/Teamwork and Environmental Awareness. Guest speakers and activities rotate every month.

Eligibility

In the beginning of the school year, forty-five students are selected from each school to participate in the program . Only those students who have been referred by their classroom teachers, resource teachers, and/or principal or assistant principal, are eligible to enroll.

Supper

A healthy, hot supper funded by the USDA through MDE is served at no cost to all participating students at each site daily throughout the program year.

Contact:

Patricia Wagner

Email: pwagner@accesscommunity.org

Phone: 313-203-3406

Digital Connectors Program

The Digital Inclusion Program is a technology-based leadership program for high school students living in the Melvindale, Dearborn and Southwest Detroit areas that offers advanced technology training and teaches students leadership development, financial literacy, life and employment skills. The program also provides career exploration in a variety of technology fields as well as community service opportunities. The program is taught by a professional of the technology/engineering field. It is offered in the fall and runs until the end of May. Applications are sent out in August, and student selections are made by mid-September.

Students in DIP will:

  1. Will increase their computer and internet knowledge
  2. Be leaders in their schools and community
  3. Promote technology in their community
  4. Complete a CISCO IT essentials course
  5. Receive an Ever-Fi Financial certificate
  6. Feel empowered as young people
  7. Build their own multimedia portfolio
  8. Will receive a laptop upon graduation from the program

Sessions:

Students who are accepted into the program will be responsible to attend a required number of sessions. The program meets two days a week for two hours each day, or on Saturdays for 4 hours. In order to receive a laptop at the graduation, the student must fulfill the required number of program attendance days.

Contact:

Phone: (313) 203-3406

Child and Adolescents Health Center

The center promotes health and health education programs for youth, adolescents and parents in partnership with local schools.

Contact:

Mona Farroukh

mfarroukh@accesscommunity.org

Phone: 313-216-2204

Arab American Youth Leadership Course

This course supports Arab American youth as they develop a sense of self and the capacity to live their lives with authenticity and purpose. The course addresses intergroup relations and enhances students’ ability to navigate relationships with others. Students explore topics of identity, culture, dominant narratives in society concerning Arab Americans, geopolitics and contemporary issues. Through a social justice framework, youth are exposed to social movements and change efforts that have been led by young people. A series of exercises, oral debates and education position Arab American youth to become leaders in their communities.

The five-week course meets on Saturdays and is offered during the fall, winter, or spring semesters depending on grant funding.

Contact:

Phone: (313) 203-3406

 

Youth programs by grade

Review a list of youth programs by grade level.