760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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Afterschool Program

Our Vision

Broad Street Achievement Programs (BSA) is licensed academic enrichment program which has provided afterschool services to kindergarten through 12th grade students since 2000.  Our vision is to ensure that youth in the Broad Street Presbyterian Church (BSPC) community are prepared for high school graduation and successful transition to post-secondary education or the workforce.  Our goals are:

  • To provide academic support through homework assistance, one-on-one reading and math tutoring, on line learning and engaging hands-on learning experiences
  • To create a structured program environment in which participants and volunteers can develop, be healthy, safe, inclusive, and happy
  • To provide academic support, individualized homework help and tutoring
  • To deliver programming that supports the development of essential life skills (goal setting, self-motivation and time management)
  • To promote healthy eating habits through nutrition education and providing nutritious snacks and meals
  • To create regular opportunities for youth to serve their community
The Afterschool program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. When a student first enters our program, we conduct a math and reading assessment to determine their academic level. We then tailor an individual academic enrichment plan for the student and we work with them daily to make improvements.  We provide homework assistance and one-on-one tutoring to help students reach their academic goals.  The students also use computers donated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2012 to work with online academic enrichment programs such as Study Island, First in Math and Starfall.  They also play educational games that enhance their reading and math skills.  We also provide a healthy snack from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank as well as a nutritious hot meal through Children’s Hunger Alliance**.  

In addition to academic enrichment the BSA program offers weekly nutrition education lessons in collaboration with the Broad Street Food Pantry.  The children then take what they have learned and prepare a monthly nutritious meal for the community (their parents and BSPC members). Volunteers from the Junior League come and assist the children in the kitchen.  The children will be involved in a “Chopped” competition this year on May 18, 2015 to show what they have learned throughout the school year.  

Our 5th through 9th grade girls also participate in a program called 1Girl that provides essential life skills and leadership development.  Young women from The Ohio State University volunteer to work with our girls two days per week for an hour each day.  It is a time for these girls to talk about their concerns, ways to become good leaders in their schools and just have girl talk.

Finally, we provide an academically enriched summer program called Camp Discovery from mid-June through mid-August. The program consists of daily academic lessons in Reading, Math and Science with an educational, physical fitness or nutritious field trip every Friday.  Last year, field trips included Sky Zone, Camp Mary Orton’s Adventure Camp, Amy Forrest’s Farm, the North Market, and Scioto Audubon Park.  Also, the children participate in daily fitness activities with a personal trainer as well as African Dance with the Thiossane West African Dance program run by Suzan Bradford-Kounta.  In 2014, the children performed an African Dance demonstration for their parents and the community.  Keep an eye out for information for the 2015 Camp Discovery Program.  

**The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Volunteer

Without the help from dedicated volunteers we would not be able to provide quality programming to the student we serve.  Volunteers are a crucial part of our day to day activities.  Volunteers work one-on-one with students helping them with homework or enriching activities.  They also help with special activities such as our monthly community meal the children prepare.  Most of our volunteers come to us from The Ohio State University through a service learning course and other volunteer organizations such as Pay it Forward, The Mount Leadership Society Scholars and FischerCARES.  We also have a dedicated group of volunteers from the Broad Street Presbyterian Church congregation. Individuals can volunteer as little as one day per week for one hour; there is no limit to the amount of time you can give to this program.  Although consistency is the key when working with children.  Therefore if you are interested we ask that you commit to a set amount of time whether that be a month, a quarter or the entire school year.  There are also opportunities to volunteer for a shorter period of time.  During certain times of the school year our OSU students are on break which means we could use extra hands during those times.  We have opportunities during the month of March 2015 from the 16th through the 20th and again in May 2015 from the 4th through the 21st. Since we are now licensed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services there are certain requirements that must be fulfilled by all volunteers.  Below are links to the volunteer application form, the medical form and non-conviction statement which are required documents needed to volunteer with children in a licensed program.  Additionally you would need to provide a copy of your high school or college diploma.  If you are a High School student you would only need to complete the volunteer Application form and the Non Conviction Statement.  For more information, contact Francine Marchelle at 614-221-6552 Ext. 254.  

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Medical Form
Volunteer Non-Conviction Statement

*All volunteers must pass a criminal background check.

Donate

 

During our July and August 2014 fund raiser for the annual Book Bag Give Away we raised over $2,596.76 in cash to fill 200 book bags donated by Huntington Banks with much needed school supplies.  Then the BSPC congregation donated 88 book bags filled with supplies.  We passed out 288 book bags to a total of 88 families during our Annual Book Bag Give Away in mid-August 2014.  

This coming March 2015 is our “March for PC's” fundraiser for the BSA program, through your generous donations we can help more children take advantage of our academic programs.   This year, we hope to raise $5,000 for new computers.  On March 1, 2015, one of our students spoke about the program during a worship service. During the 2013-2014 school year, BSA served 18 students and 90% of those students improved their initial reading and math fluency scores according to our AIMS web assessment tool.  Afterschool programming is a proven tool to help students stay on track academically, have consistent attendance in school and stay out of trouble. All proceeds we receive will help us continue providing quality afterschool and summer programming for our neighbors.

 

Donate
 

Contact

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Phone:  (614) 221-6552, ext. 254

E-mail:   afterschool@bspc.org

 

 


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