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Youngstown schools care for kids after classes

Published: Thu, November 25, 2010 @ 4:54 p.m.


Through grants and partnerships with community organizations, the city schools provide afterschool programs to more than 250 students.

The Youngstown Afterschool Alliance was formed to support students and families through quality programming that focuses on reading, math, personal skill development and exposure to new opportunities.

“I’m excited about this year’s program and the progress that has been made so far,” said Claudia Charity, manager of community partnerships for the city schools. “We want the city to know that there are good things happening in the YCSD and the Youngstown Afterschool Alliance is one of them. So many times, all the public hears about is our school district’s state of academic emergency.”

YAA’s main purpose is to address and improve children’s attendance and homework completion to ultimately achieve higher test scores, she said.

The program serves more than 257 students operating at six sites: Learning Tree on the Youngstown State University campus, P. Ross Berry and Volney Rogers middle schools, Rayen Early College at Choffin Career and Technical Center and Taft and Williamson elementary schools.

Students participate at no cost and must be referred by a teacher or parent.

YAA is made possible by two federal grants and a grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

The program also is made possible through partnerships with the St. Vincent dePaul Society, ONTASC and Heart Reach Ministries.

As a result of the new grants, YAA will receive $1.5 million over the next five years to provide after school programming to the P. Ross Berry, Volney and Rayen Early College middle schools.

Read more in Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Youngstown public schools feeds, educates, Disciplines, and now watches them after school. Just two steps away from Youngstown public schools being a orphanage.
Think if YPS keep them over night and clothed them. We wouldn't need the parents involved at all.

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2redeye1(5612 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Once again a waste of taxpayers money. Why can't the parents of the kids going to these after school programs pay it for themselves. When my sons went to an after school program I paid for it. YPS is nothing more than a welfare state. I can't wait until I move away from here.

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3ytownoh(9 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Great let us tax payers pay to 'babysit' while mom cracks out and dads no where around.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Now the Youngstown taxpayer not only feeds them breakfast and lunch for free, and babysits them during the daytime school hours, now they babysit them after school. What ever happened to family moral values and taking care of your own?

What is wrong with this picture folks - haven't we had enough of these freeloaders on the public dole? I truely hope John Kasich and the Republicans who follow in January will change this Dumbocrat system. Ohio is $8B in the hole and going nowhere fast with it's economy and the state and school budgets can't be fixed with this going on.

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