City Awards $158,000 in Grants to South Bend After School Programs

Mayor Stephen J. Luecke has announced that twenty-one grants totaling $158,000 have been awarded to various After School programs. “The City of South Bend is committed to supporting After School Programs that give students positive opportunities to socialize, explore new hobbies, and get extra help with homework,” said Mayor Luecke. Youth are able to work with tutors as well as immerse themselves in arts and crafts, athletics, computers, and healthy refreshments instead of returning to empty homes or unsupervised activities.

Grants for the After School Program have become progressively more competitive as educators and parents seek safe and educational alternatives for youth during after school hours. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and eligible applicants include public, private and parochial schools, as well as non-profit organizations including faith-based organizations.

Annually, the After School Program provides activities and safety for approximately 1,550 children. A sampling of the programs offered through the City of South Bend After School Program follows:

Kennedy Academy & LaSalle Academy

Many of the children in attendance are from other countries and some of their parents do not speak English, so a lot of time is devoted to teaching the English language, after a snack.

Pentecostal Cathedral COGIC

Children are given nutritious meals, especially important after a day at school. Homework is required and help is available

Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

This program was offered for the first time in 2004/2005 year. The program concentrates on homework and giving the children nutritious food. Computers are provided to assist with homework and children are able to type papers for classes.

Lincoln Primary Center

Children arrive and first have a snack, and then they complete homework assignments with one-on-one attention as needed. When homework is complete, the children are able to participate in a variety of activities, such as making a pizza, and learning about leaders in the world.

Faith Temple COGIC

Five new programs were added this year:

Boys & Club ­ Harrison School

Center for the Homeless

South Bend Housing Authority

Living Stones Church

Robinson Community Center

Homework is a high priority with one-on-one help for those that need special attention. Rewards are given to those that work hard, help others, and are respectful, such as attending a program at the Morris or a basketball game.