Future Ties provides after-school programming five days per week for about 40 elementary school students. Adult volunteers, as well as young people from the community, serve as role models and tutors for participants.
In the after-school program, children receive homework help and participate in life skills workshops about topics like nutrition and conflict resolution. Participants have access to technology to build their computer skills with the supervision and guidance of adult mentors. Future Ties also uses Scholastic’s ReadAbout literacy program and project-based learning to supplement what the children are learning in school.
Future Ties also recently launched an after-school program for middle and high school students that has many of the same components as the elementary school program. However, the program for older students includes preparation for college, including SAT and ACT tutoring, and job skills training. Older students will also have access to restorative justice programming, as many participants have been involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as talks on dating and domestic violence and other challenges that teenagers face.