Program: In partnership with The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 119th street, Team IIF runs a robust After-School Program servicing 30-40 students from the surrounding area providing a safe and constructive place for teens every weekday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Kroc Center draws from several surrounding schools including Higgins, Coleman, Garvey, Shoop, Whistler, West Pullman, Curtis, Haley, Morgan Park, Fenger, Percy Julian and others.
The program runs for 16 weeks for two terms during the school year, and includes weekly field trips and speakers. Students are offered a wide range of opportunities including homework help, tutoring and mentorship, and activities such as painting, dancing, table tennis and swimming lessons. Each student in the program receives a free membership to The Kroc Center so they can access the facilities during all other non-school hours.
Impact: Lack of physical and social opportunities in schools and communities puts children at risk for under-performance and future violence or criminal behaviors. Our After-School program provides activities for teens every weekday to both provide youth with a safe and constructive space and to equip them with social and emotional life skills, improving academic performance and impacting their futures.
Success: Program participants in the current school year were tracked for leadership development, conflict resolution, stress vulnerability and school performance. Nearly two thirds of students said field trips were new experiences, helped them with a school project or assignments, and said the trips gave them new ideas about what they’d like to study in college or do for a job. Additionally, participants who indicated they resolve conflict without anyone getting hurt improved by 13 percent and participants indicating they always have respect for others and they help other people increased by 10 percent and 13 percent respectively. 13 students improved their core subject grades by at least one letter and total school absences dropped by 60 percent.
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