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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

Union City 21st CCLC Program
Edernis Bermudez-Garcia-Project Director 
3912 Bergen Turnpike, Union City, NJ 07087
Phone: 201-271-2289 Ext 1075
Fax: 201-974-8809

County:  Hudson

Servicing School District:  Union City Public Schools

CLC Sites:  Colin Powell Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Emerson Middle School, Union Hill Middle School

Partners:  City of Union City, North Hudson Community Action Corporation

Serving Grade Level:  4-8

No. of Students to be served:  275

No. of Adults to be Served:  250

Times of Services: Afterschool: 3-6 PM: Summer: 8 AM -12 PM

The Union City 21st CCLC Student Opportunities After School Results (S.O.A.R.) will directly address the academic and developmental needs of students in grades 4 through 8 in Colin Powell School, George Washington School, Emerson Middle School and Union Hill Middle School and provide opportunities for parental involvement and education.  It is anticipated that participating students will make meaningful progress towards improving academic performance and school attendance and developing and sustaining positive student behaviors.  The after school setting provides an opportunity for positive interactions with peers and caring adults, and offers a constructive, academically enriched environment.

Projected CCLC student demographics for the 2014-2015 school year include about an even number of boys/girls; 94% Hispanic; 11% LEP; 90% free/reduced lunch; 76% speak Spanish as their native language and 16% special needs students.
The purpose of the program is to:

-increase students' career and college readiness and academic achievement by offering high quality supplemental services in core academic areas such as reading/math, enrichment activities including arts/culture, youth development and physical activity toward the ultimate goal of attaining skills to meet and exceed Common Core State Standards;

  • increase positive student behavior by infusing social, emotional and character development into all aspects of the curricula/program;
  • engage adult family members of participating students through participation in an array of parental involvement activities such as workshops, special events, adult education, counseling, advisory board, information, referrals, field trips; and
  • establish and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships to ensure participants' access to all available resources through coordinated efforts to support and augment CCLC services.  Organizations include the City of Union City: substance abuse and safety education, Junior Police Academy; North Hudson Community Action Agency: physical/mental health, social services; the School District: Adult GED/ABE/ESL/Civics Education; Public Library: adult education/workshops, student arts project; Bergen Regional Medical Center: behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse assessments; Liberty Science Center: family nights, technology/arts integration, formats; Arts Horizon, DzineArt, Urban Arts and Encore Performing Arts, Inc., Hudson County Community College: college and career awareness and The Leadership Program: parent education.