Afterschool Programming

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

Get Involved

To learn more about this program, email Julie Cousler Emig at Julie@educationplushealth.com or Kevin Gold at kevin@educationplushealth.com.

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

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