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After-School Programs

After-school programs in low-income neighborhoods across the country

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Low-income Hispanic and African American students are most likely to fall up to two years behind their expected grade level by the end of fourth grade.

The same segment of kids is up to four years behind their peers by the time they reach the 12th grade.


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The Salvation Army Supplements and Supports Kids’ Educational Opportunities Through:

Homework Assistance and Counseling

The Salvation Army’s high-quality after-school programs serve children and youth of all ages. We provide one-on-one assistance with homework and school assignments, as well as the teaching and advancement of literacy and study skills.

Many of our facilities also include computer labs to help children with their homework. The Cedar Rapids Salvation Army recently opened a new computer lab, complete with ten computers, at its C Avenue headquarters. The lab provides academic support to kids who otherwise have no access to computers.

Sports, Clubs, and Extracurricular Activities

Healthy minds and healthy bodies are both crucial elements of youth development. Our no-fee and low-cost after-school programs offer children from low-income neighborhoods a chance to play sports, learn athletic skills, and cultivate healthy, safe relationships with friends through better social skills.

At the Seattle White Center facility, we organize youth sports leagues for basketball and futsal. Futsal is a simple soccer game, played on the gym floor with a low-bounce ball and smaller goals. Besides having a blast, the kids learn essential teamwork skills that will follow them for the rest of their lives.

Dance, Art, and Music Programs

Our youth community programs enable children to experience music and art education in positive no-cost or low-cost environments. Our wide array of classes focuses on everything from choir, band, and dancing to drawing, writing, and acting.

The Gresham Corps Youth Center in Oregon recognized the need for music programs after many schools in the area could no longer afford them, so it began an after-school music program. From choirs to instrument training, activities and lessons instill an early love for and appreciation of the fine arts.

Parental Involvement Coaching

Each Salvation Army community center is dedicated to equipping parents with the skills needed to support and sustain their children’s educational needs.

One very special example is the “Fatherhood in Action” program at The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division in Chicago. There they help men learn successful co-parenting skills and provide job training and placement assistance to help them be better dads to their kids.

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Poverty impacts education.

Students from low-income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.

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Children in poverty have greater learning challenges.

Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty.

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Lack of education leads to lack of income.

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty.

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The Salvation Army operates more than 400 after-school programs nationwide.

By offering after-school programs, summer school programs, free summer camps, and summer programs for high school students, we provide a safe place for children living in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods to learn, play, and connect.

These faith-based community programs play a vital role in supplementing the athletic, artistic, and musical education that is often unavailable via local school systems because of budget cuts. Perhaps most importantly, each extracurricular after-school program provides a supervised opportunity for children of all ages to broaden their interests, abilities, and aspirations.

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