What Are Kids in Fresno County Doing After School?

Almost 30,000 elementary, middle and high school youth in Fresno County are learning something new about themselves and the world around them after school.  These are students from Title 1 schools, representing youth in need of a safe and healthy place to go after school, a place where homework help and a nutritious snack is available, and a place to enjoy a wide variety of interactive classes.

Jose in Fresno is learning how to build a robot. Carmen in Biola is learning how to play the violin in the after school string orchestra. Stefan in Kerman is mastering Hip Hop dance while learning the dance’s origins. And Corinna is exploring digital graphics and filmmaking in Reedley. Learning is fun after school!

The fact is, youth can get into all kinds of trouble after school. Lack of supervision and boredom can jeopardize a student’s welfare between the hours of 3 and 6 pm. Drugs, alcohol, gangs, crime, and bullying are just a few of the dangers.

FRESH programs offer students a rewarding alternative at their school site after 3 pm:

  • - Academic learning and physical movement disguised as fun, hands-on activities.
  • - Interesting classes—from the arts to digital media, and from mad science to journaling—not offered during the regular school day.
  • - Building interests that lead to the exploration of career options and college pathways.
  • - Energetic college-age leaders (and older) who have a passion for teaching and working with youth.
  • - Special events, field trips, community outreach, and competitions to which they would not otherwise have had access.
  • - Support, encouragement, relationship development, problem solving, resiliency and confidence building at the core of each program.

Find out more about the excitement behind Fresno’s Recreation, Enrichment and Scholastic Help program.Find out where Fresno County FRESH programs are located here.

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At The Forefront

Public Notice: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

November 13, 2013

The Fresno County Office of Education hereby notifies the local community of its intention to apply to the California Department of Education for 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) and Programs Proposing to Serve Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Students in the following districts:   Central, Kerman and Kings Canyon Unified for ASSETs;  Central, Firebaugh-Las Deltas, Fresno, Kings Canyon, Kerman, and Selma Unified for Middle Schools; Caruthers, Central, Clovis, Fowler, Fresno Golden Plains, Kings Canyon, Kerman, Selma and Washington Colony for Elementary Schools.

The application is due to the California Department of Education by December 12, 2013. We also take this opportunity to inform private schools, faith-based organizations, and community based organizations of our intent to promote the implementation of safe, accessible academic, enrichment, and family literacy programs in the districts noted above. Private schools and other entities interested in participating may contact Helena Silva at hsilva@fcoe.org or at 559-265-3093.

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Spotlight Program

Spotlight: El Capitan Adventures, El Capitan Middle School, Fresno County Demonstration Site

Thrilling After School Action

Incredible journeys start at El Capitan Adventures (ECA) afterschool program, where 970 students are encouraged to embark on the pathway to fun and enrichment. Its success is so great that it continues inspiring many ex-ECA students, now attending high school, to volunteer for the pioneer program.

Class offerings sound like a treasure chest overflowing with prized activities usually reserved for weekends: skate park; graffiti art; Co2 Dragsters; light art; flag football; drum line; Dare 2 Dream; mural art; fine art/painting; karate; and Big Mac, which teaches journalism skills. Cutting edge course Build It shows kids how to construct out-of-the-box things like marshmallow statues and sugar cube castles. Help with homework is part of a program that blends academic improvement and interactive offerings. Whether social, cerebral or both, all of the classes, which change every two months, inspire creativity, excitement and a desire to learn. [READ MORE]

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