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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs


Project Director:  Bianca White
684 Whitehead Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (267) 968-2430
Fax: (215) 221-6935

County:  Camden

Servicing School District: Camden

CLC Sites: Woodrow Wilson High School, East Camden Middle School, Francis X. McGraw
                   Elementary School, Cramer College Preparatory Elementary School

Partners: Camden City School District

Serving Grade Level: 4-12

No. of Students to be served: 200

No. of Adults to be Served: 100

Times of Services:  Afterschool: 3:00-6:00 PM; Summer: 8AM-4PM
EducationWorks (EW) proposes to continue its program at Woodrow Wilson High, East Camden Middle and Francis X. McGraw Elementary Schools. We plan to add a fourth program site at Cramer College Preparatory Lab Elementary School in Year 3, serving 4th, 5th and 6th graders. All four of the schools are geographically contiguous and form a feeder pattern. This arrangement gives EW the opportunity to work with families who have children in different schools and provides an opportunity to remain connected to students over a long period of time. EW has implemented the Visual and Performing arts theme at the three sites and will continue this theme at Cramer Elementary. EW is a licensed childcare provider at McGraw and East Camden Middle and will begin formal pursuit of childcare licensure at Cramer Elementary upon formal permissions granted by NJDOE. This past year, we added a Program Coordinator to lead our staff in developing more enriching and school day aligned direct service to our students.

In Year 3, our program will continue to include dance, music, theater, robotics, creative writing including poetry and spoken word, visual arts such as mosaic mural arts, painting, ceramics, and needle arts such as quilting, knitting, and sewing and some sports. Our multi-faceted media arts initiative focuses on media literacy, video production and editing, photography, music production and editing, and incorporates features like blogging into many activities. Students will acquire useful hard skills while using media and technology as a means of investigation and expression. 

We have been successful in creating strong community partnerships, in developing our presence in the schools and in providing high quality youth programs. EW partnered with Global Citizen and the Urban Promise Academy as a signature site to host Camden's Martin Luther King Day of Service. Over 300 students and volunteers from across the region participated in the day of service. New funding opportunities also allowed us to expand our program activities and build youth technology and leadership skills. We successfully implemented the Subaru Lego Robotics program at McGraw and East Camden Middle with funding support from the Subaru Foundation and our Ladder of Leadership program was possible with support from the Best Buy Children's Foundation.

In order to enhance program effectiveness and improve student outcomes, EW will continue to align the after school programs with the school day, collaborate with school staff, train program staff in action research and sustain a strong Advisory Board. School day teachers will continue to provide academic remediation to students after school. Action research will continue to be used effective tool in improving programming. Staff members and stakeholders, including new Cramer program staff, will meet on a monthly basis to serve as "critical friends." This year we had a more active Advisory Board that met bimonthly and worked with staff to develop greater relationships with a number of new collaborators, including the Urban Swim Program, the Urban Promise Academy, Rutgers Career Center, and the Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation. These relationships have bolstered support for free programs for our participants and will be sustained in Year 3. 

Summer programs have provided enriching and enjoyable activities to youth. EW will proceed to provide summer programming to students after the mandated Camden City School District's half-day summer program. Elementary and middle school students will participate in two physical activities, each twice a week, for an hour and in inquiry-based activities that will initiate in the first week and be guided by student discussions. Our high school programming will center on workforce development and career exploration and will provide programming to students in summer school and rising 9th graders in the Summer Bridge program. Summer Bridge workshops will cover the areas of study skills, peer pressure, bullying prevention, and communication. For high school youth, we will offer "the Breakfast Club" with breakfast, tutoring, and homework assistance, and "All About the Benjamins," a career exploration and work-readiness training program.