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Academic Enrichment

Five schools serving three cities

Dearborn: Fordson High School, Miller Elementary, and William Ford Elementary

Dearborn Heights: River Oaks Elementary

Detroit: Advanced Technology Academy

Language Arts Enrichment Center 

The Language Arts Enrichment Center offers two 45-minute sessions per week taught by a certified teacher. Programs include 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, reading groups and study groups.

Math Enrichment Center 

Two 45-minute sessions are available per week, 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 topics in basic computer skills, learning how to look up 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. The program includes guest speakers and activities that rotate every month. 

Eligibility

Sixty students are selected from each school to participate in the program annually. 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 is served at no cost to participating students at each site daily at the start of the program.

Contact: 

Kauther Alshaibani
kalshaibani@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6762

Digital Connectors Program

The Digital Connectors Program is a technology-based program funded by Comcast that targets teens between the ages of 12-18. It is a weekend program that uses technology instruction to teach students leadership and life skills, as well as employability skills. The program also provides career exploration, job-shadowing opportunities, and assistance in job searches.

Applications are collected year-round from prospective participants. Each year in September applicants are interviewed and 20 students are chosen to participate in the program. Upon completion, participants receive a financial stipend and are CISCO certified. 

Contact:

Hanan Yahya 
hananyahya2012@gmail.com
Phone: 313-842-6757

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 a student’s 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.

The five-week course meets on Saturdays, and is offered during fall, winter and spring semesters.

Contact:

Sarah S. Chaar
sshoucair@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6757

Pathway to Success

Pathway to Success is an effective, sustainable, and coordinated high school dropout prevention program funded through AT&T’s Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative. It is designed to support the efforts of Melvindale High School and Frontier International Academy in Detroit in improving graduation rates by applying proven intervention strategies and social innovation principles, and assigning graduation specialists to each school.

Contact:

Sarah S. Chaar
sshoucair@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6757

Teenagers Aspire and Learn to Lead and Motivate (TALLAM)

This program, funded through United Way’s Building Foundations Program, is designed to improve the social and academic functioning of at-risk middle and high school youth in Dearborn and southwest Detroit. Utilizing ACCESS facilities and staff, the program adopts a holistic approach to develop the intellectual, psychological and physical health of area youth.

The program offers support, tutoring, sports activities and workshops that help youth improve performance in core school subjects, adopt healthy life skills, and develop a commitment to learning success. The program takes place from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year, and 1-6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the summer at the ACCESS Family and Youth Services Center.

Contact:

Hisham Zawil
hzawil@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6753

U Prep After-School Program

The U Prep program enables high school students to progress toward meeting their academic potential through tutoring four days a week in all subjects, along with youth development courses including: leadership skills, cultural diversity, civic engagement, study skills, college and career preparation and community service. The program is offered at Melvindale, Fordson and Hamtramck high schools.

Contact:

Sarah S. Chaar
sshoucair@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6757

Summer School

Summer school programs are held at the schools in which after-school programs are available during the school year, providing students with an exciting and free opportunity to combine academics with recreational activities and field trips.

Contact:

Sarah S. Chaar
sshoucair@accesscommunity.org
Phone: 313-842-6757

Youth programs by grade

Review a list of youth programs by grade level.