Afterschool and the power of mentoring

There are countless programs out there in elementary, middle and high schools to provide mentorship and guidance to young students. These programs are essential when it come to growth and success. Young people NEED role models in their life, whether it be for emotional, mental, educational, or social needs.The experiences and knowledge that high school…

Elementary Engineers Summer Program

Elementary Engineers is a summer program that provides engineering learning opportunities for at-risk first through fifth grade students in the Charleston area. It is held at the College of Charleston. The curriculum is administered by trained teachers who provide instruction in engineering topics asking the student to think like an engineer and go through the…

The benefits of getting outdoors

Several schools in the state of South Carolina are lucky to have the ability to send their students outside at some point during the day. The weather is usually cooperative and this allows kids to have beneficial time outdoors. Many after school programs make a strong point to make outside time available to their students.…

Boys with a Purpose

Check out Boys with a Purpose at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boyswithapurpose/ or their website: http://www.boyswithapurposesc.org/! Boys with a Purpose is an amazing program in Charleston that was started by Raymond Nelson III and Mr. Kenneth Joyner. The purpose of this after school club is to “teach young men how to dress, conduct themselves like gentlemen…

After School and Community Service

Service-learning is a huge part of a student’s education as well as their social and emotional learning. However, sometimes service-learning is left behind in schools and is not made a priority. After school programs are a great way to bring back that involvement. After school programs revolving around service-learning are a great way for the…

WINGS for Kids After School Program

WINGS for kids is a non-profit organization that provides an after school program to at-risk kids to promote social and emotional learning. The after school program is for kindergarten to fifth grade students and is currently in three Title I schools in the Charleston area: Burns Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, and Chicora Elementary. In recent…

After School and Physical Activity

Research shows that daily physical activity drastically improves a student’s success. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health conducted several studies on this topic in 2010. “Overall, 11 of 14 studies found one or more positive associations between physical education and indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors,…

Carolina Studios

Our highlighted program this week is Carolina Studios. Carolina Studios is the perfect example of bringing arts into after school programs. Their mission is “to provide students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music technology and media arts.” It is a non-profit 501c3 organization in Charleston that was founded in…

After School and The Arts

When in comes to incorporating the arts in school, sometimes it gets left behind. After schools programs are a great place to get students involved with music, arts, theater, etc.It gives them a chance to learn about themselves, grow their confidence and gain skills and knowledge that they might not get elsewhere. There are so…

Salvation Army After School Program

Periodically, the ASLRC blog will highlight an after school program in the Charleston area. This week, to continue the subject of poverty and after school programs, the Salvation Army was highlighted for their program that fits the needs of many low income families. The Salvation Army provides countless amounts of services to those in need…