Understanding that education and health outcomes are closely interrelated, our model supports the whole student from elementary school through high school and beyond with afterschool enrichment programs and post-secondary educational opportunities in addition to our school-based health centers.
Education Plus Health operates a college preparation, creative writing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for nearly 300 high school students at Building 21. Building 21 public school is a joint venture of the School District of Philadelphia and non-profit organization New Venture Fund. The school uses a unique blended learning model where students create their own self-paced learning pathways and choose from a variety of instructional models.
- A college preparation, creative writing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for at-risk high school students.
- A college preparation program that teaches creative writing and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to help students build their skills, recover credits as necessary, and apply to colleges.
- Our afterschool program provides academic support, college preparation guidance, and mentoring to low-income, underperforming high schoolers in the Philadelphia region.
- When possible, we help our high school students obtain and maintain part-time jobs.
- Our afterschool program seeks to decrease absenteeism and increase academic outcomes by engaging and supporting high school students most at-risk for poor outcomes.
- The 21st Century Afterschool Program complements and enhances the school’s curriculum, working to decrease absenteeism and increase academic outcomes by engaging at-risk students academically and socially after school, lessons taught by Building 21 teachers and other creative partners.
Benefits of Afterschool Programming
Children and youth who regularly attend high-quality afterschool programs have:
- Better grades
- Better conduct in school
- More academic and enrichment opportunities
- Improved peer relations and emotional adjustment
- Fewer incidences of drug use, violence, and pregnancy
Afterschool programs also have beneficial outcomes for caretakers:
- 80% of parents said they were less worried about their child’s safety after school
- 57% said their child’s participation helped them manage their own work schedule
- 47% said it let them attend classes or job training more easily
- 45% said it helped them get a better job or do a better job