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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

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey

Project Director:  Reinaldo Santiago
390 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07104
973-484-7554 ext. 210
973-484-0184
rsantiago.aspiranj@gmail.com

County: Essex

Servicing School District(s): Newark Public Schools

CCLC Sites:  Rafael Hernandez School and Luis Munoz Marin School of Social Justice.

Partners: Newark Public Schools, Rutgers University- Newark
Collaborators: FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Youth Development Clinic, Popular Community Bank, Investors Bank, The Society for Professional Engineers, Just One Neighborhood

Program Serving Grade Level:  4 through 8

No. of Students to be served: 250

No. of Adults to be served:  190

Times of Services: Afterschool: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Summer: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abstract:

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey will implement a comprehensive afterschool program through the 21st CCLC grant at two locations in the city of Newark to serve 250 students in grades 4 through 8. The programs are located at Rafael Hernandez School and Luis Munoz Marin School of Social Justice. Our program model is built around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and will utilize the Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool model, a national network of science museums and afterschool programs that are affiliated with ASPIRA and the National Council of La Raza.  This network is working together to build stronger communities and increase the engagement of Hispanic children and their families with science and local science resources. The program will use the evidence-based and dual language (English and Spanish) APEX Science curriculum, which offers inquiry-based lessons and activities that address science concepts, including life science, nature of science, energy, processes that shape the Earth, nature of matter, environmental science, forces of motion, and Earth/space science. In addition, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will provide the program with college age instructors and mentors who are committed to developing the pipeline of future STEM leaders and innovators while also increasing the ability of Hispanic youth, their families, and their communities to reach their fullest potential. The program will also offer academic remediation and support by certified school day teachers; social/emotional support from a social worker and the Youth Development Clinic; financial literacy for students and parents; arts and health and fitness activities, and family activities in partnership with the Rutgers University Office of Community Engagement and FOCUS Hispanic Center's Family Success Center.