EMERGE at Venture Academy

EMERGE is a brand new after school program for grades 6-8 at Venture Academy in Minneapolis. Venture Academy’s mission is “to ignite the passion of all young people to become entrepreneurial learners and leaders who will change the world.” Incorporating this mission, EMERGE will use interactive enrichment activities to support academic achievement, creativity, and social and emotional development. EMERGE will promote Venture’s “urgency of learning,” providing programming that allows students to excel as individuals and as a team. Youth from each grade will participate in activities that help develop leadership skills, respect, problem solving, and a stronger sense of community. A diverse team of program staff works together to help identify and nurture the interests and goals of the youth participants, hoping to activate determined and passionate leaders. 

Daily activities include:

  • Community meeting
  • Healthy snack
  • Team building and leadership activities
  • Enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening or theater
  • Literacy-focused activities
  • Field trips and community outings
  • Drama Therapy group
  • Group reflection

Our Staff:
EMERGE staff includes a Youth Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, college intern, and college volunteers through the University of Minnesota’s Service Learning Program. EMERGE also works with ESNS’ Creative Arts Therapist to provide weekly activities.

For more information contact:
Megan Hartman, Program Manager
(612) 800-1690
mhartman@esns.org

 

ESNS Program at Edison High School

East Side Neighborhood Services currently provides a variety of after-school programs at Edison High School for some distinct populations including its ESL students and the Gay-Straight Alliance. In addition to enrichment programming such as cooking, art, and technology, these programs respond to the unique needs of each student group through community-building and student discussions. ESNS’ Edison programming seeks to carve out a safe space for these student groups to connect more deeply with their school environment. Programming runs Monday-Thursday, September -May and operates in collaboration with school staff and YMCA Beacons. Youth who participate in the school-year program are eligible to apply for the youth summer jobs program through ESNS.

Daily activities include:

  • Healthy snack
  • Team building and leadership activities
  • East African Girl’s Group
  • GSA discussion and advocacy group
  • Enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening or theater
  • Field trips and community outings
  • Work readiness skill development
  • Group reflection

Our Staff:
VIBE staff includes a Youth Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, and volunteers.

For more information contact:
Raeesa Rizwy, Program Manager
(612) 788-4881
rrizwy@esns.org


VIBE at Heritage Academy

Heritage VIBE serves students in grades 6-12 who attend Heritage Academy of Science and Technology. ESNS partners with Heritage to provide four days of high quality after school programming Monday-Thursday between October and May, and for five weeks during summer school programming. Each day youth receive a healthy snack, have opportunity for physical exercise, build healthy relationships with peers and adults and engage in various activities to increase their 21st Century Skills.

Academic Focus:
VIBE has space for up to 48 middle and high school students to participate in targeted Extended Learning Day opportunities two days/week. Students who are performing below grade level in math and/or reading work with Licensed Teachers in groups of 12 or less to receive additional instruction in core subjects.

In addition, VIBE offers a Credit Recovery program and Homework Help to additional 15-20 students. Homework Help is supported by four tutors daily with focused skills in the areas of math, science or literacy. 

On academic days, students also have an opportunity for 30 minutes of structured gym or choice activity time facilitated by adult staff.

Enrichment Focus:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at VIBE are enrichment days. Students sign up to attend a choice of three activities on each day. Activities are led by program staff as well as by community partners.

Activities include:

  • Youth Advisory Team
  • Book Club
  • Boys Group/Basketball Team
  • Girls Group
  • Drama Therapy and Writing Group
  • Running Club
  • Smart Money Management
  • Work Readiness Workshops
  • And many more…

Our Staff:

VIBE staff includes a Youth Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, four licensed teachers, a college intern, four tutors and volunteers.

For more information contact:
Soozin Hirschmugl, Program Manager
(612) 205-3755
shirschmugl@esns.org


VIBE at Menlo Park Academy

Menlo Park academy is an ESNS-based alternative high school serving 70-80 students per year. The ESNS Youth Department partners with Menlo Park to provide afterschool and summer programming to up to 50 students per year. Programming includes a variety of enrichment programming focused on helping youth connect with caring adults, develop stronger connections to their school and their community and increase their 21st Century Skills including critical thinking, professionalism and communication.

The afterschool program takes place between Monday – Thursday from 3-5pm. The summer program includes afternoon activities after summer school as well as a summer jobs program. Students can earn school credit for approved activities.

Daily activities include:

  • Healthy snack
  • Physical activity such as basketball, yoga, or dance
  • Team building and leadership activities
  • GSA discussion and advocacy group
  • Enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening or theater
  • Girl’s Group
  • Field trips and community outings
  • Work readiness skill development
  • Paid summer internships
  • Group reflection

Our Staff:
VIBE staff includes a Youth Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, an Art Therapy intern, and volunteers. VIBE is also supported by weekly services from ESNS’ Creative Arts Therapist and Youth Employment Coordinator.

For more information contact:
Theo Langason, Program Manager
(612) 787-4029
tlangason@esns.org

 


                                                             

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