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Fall River couple charged in murder of man trying to break up fight in Providence

PROVIDENCE — A couple from Fall River are the latest suspects charged in the March 2 murder of a young man trying to break up a fight on Federal Hill — and the police say they are looking for one more.

Justin Santerri, 32, and Linda Ficher, 28, were arrested Sunday at their condo at 48 Elsbree St. in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Satchel Bernard Ramos. Providence police Maj. David Lapatin said Santerri is charged with murder and conspiracy, while his girlfriend Ficher is charged with misprision of felony, an offense under common law for failing to report a felony to the authorities.

The couple were expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon at Fall River District Court.

Another man, who has not been identified, is also sought by the police.

Ramos and his 26-year-old brother, Clyde, tried to intervene in a fight at Atwells Avenue and Dean Street when they were both stabbed. Clyde survived, but Satchel died soon afterward. Two officers who witnessed the fight grabbed one alleged assailant, Eric Souza, 29, of Assonet, Mass., who is now held without bail on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Lapatin said that Souza is a friend of Santerri and Ficher.

Those who knew Satchel Ramos said it would have been characteristic of him to try to stop a fight. In the fall of 2010, Ramos had spent several months serving with City Year, on a team working with teachers at Gilbert Stuart Middle School and with the Providence Afterschool Alliance.

Christine Cotto, director of City Year Providence’s human potential and site operation, said he was very polite and easygoing. “I remember his smile,” Cotto said. “He was very caring.”

Caitlin Schultz Gard, who served with Satchel Ramos in City Year at Gilbert Stuart, remembered him as “the heart and the charisma” of their team.

“He had incredible compassion,” Gard said recently. “He loved City Year. He loved the kids.”

Ramos was from an extended family based in New Haven. Gard said he had a knack for connecting with the inner-city Providence students. “He got them to open up,” she said. “These kids had seen a lot and heard a lot. Satchel was an incredible bridge.”

Ramos left the program after a few months, but he’d made an impression on his friends and the students, she said.

It didn’t surprise her to hear that he had been trying to stop a fight between strangers the last night of his life.

“He was always kind of a peacemaker,” Gard said. “He hated conflict. He hated confrontation.”

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Article source: http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140310-fall-river-couple-charged-in-murder-of-man-trying-to-break-up-fight-in-providence.ece

Afterschool Program Photo Contest Winners Announced




ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Timber Lakes Extended Day program in Orlando, Florida is the grand prize winner in a photography contest sponsored by Bright House Networks and open to afterschool programs across the country.  The program will receive a cash award of $2,000 for its photo collage depicting youth celebrating Lights On Afterschool Family Game Night. 

The three second-place winners are: Booker T. Washington Beacon 54 (a program of Harlem Children’s Zone) in New York City, New York; Mount Pleasant Kidsplus in Concord, North Carolina; and Cache Valley Volunteer Center in Logan, Utah. Each will receive a cash award of $1,000

“Afterschool programs do so much for our children, our families and our communities,” said Reinaldo Llano, Director of Corporate Community Relations for Bright House Networks. “This contest is another wonderful opportunity to celebrate Lights On Afterschool and highlight all the wonderful and exciting learning activities students engage in after school.

Bright House Networks and the Afterschool Alliance held the photo contest in conjunction with the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool, the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs.  More than 7,500 programs across the country participated in Lights On Afterschool this October.  Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, the event shines a light on the many ways that afterschool program keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.  Contest photos depicted kids enjoying a wide array of activities, from graphic design, sports and dancing to robotics, chemistry and glass blowing. More than 11,000 votes were cast on the Bright House Networks Facebook page from all over the world, including Kenya and Saudi Arabia.  Prizes were awarded to programs whose photos won the most votes.  

Five additional programs received special prizes from their Statewide Afterschool Network, ranging from program supplies to free staff training. Those programs are:

  • Boys Girls Club of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, Arkansas;
  • Midway Youth Center, Chicago, Illinois;
  • YMCA Benchmarks, Silver Spring, Maryland;
  • Kirtland Air Force Base Youth Programs, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and
  • Aspire at Academy at C.F. Thomas Elementary, Fort Worth, Texas.

“These photos and the thousands of others submitted illustrate just how important afterschool programs are to our students,” said Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance. “You can see it in the smiling faces, in the postures of youth who are intent on conducting science projects or creating artwork, in the concentration in the eyes of children learning a dance or a musical instrument. Every day, these programs enrich the lives of our students and our communities and we are so thankful to Bright House Networks for shining a light on them.”

The Afterschool Alliance organized the first Lights On Afterschool in 2000 to shine a light on the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company offers a portfolio of customizable, cutting-edge business solutions spanning Internet, MEF-certified Metro Ethernet, WiFi, security, telephony, and video. Bright House Media Strategies, the advertising arm of Bright House Networks, offers businesses advanced targeted advertising solutions.  Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.

For more information about Bright House Networks or our products and services, visit brighthouse.com.

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Avon Lake student wins label design contest – Chronicle

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AVON LAKE — A Redwood Elementary School student’s artwork will be featured on a limited-edition Torani Raspberry syrup bottle.

The student, 8-year-old Emilia Sansotta, was chosen as one of two winners in a national Art for Kids label design contest. Emilia’s artwork was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by after-school students around the country, according to a news release from the Afterschool Alliance.

Emilia’s win was celebrated at Redwood Elementary School on Wednesday with a pizza and Italian soda party for the students during lunch for the entire third-grade class.

Emilia entered the art through her after-school art program, Young Rembrandts.

Megan Henkel, program director and owner of Young Rembrants, said Emilia is the fourth winner of the Art for Kids label design contest for Young Rembrants.

“We are so proud of Emilia, because she has been in our program since she was 4,” Henkel said.

Young Rembrants offers weekly after-school drawing classes at local elementary schools for students 3½ to 12. Henkel said she operates the Cleveland and Columbus franchised territories, which reaches more than 100 after-school partners.

Diane Wyant, master teacher and assistant program director for Young Rembrants, praised Emilia for her art. Wyant has worked with both Emilia and her younger sister, Tara, according to the news release.

“When Emilia moved up to the Elementary Afterschool Program after taking Young Rembrants for two years at her preschool, it was impressive to see her draw at a more refined level than our typical kindergarten student,” she said via a news release. “She has always been very eager to help in class, and she takes great pride in her finished work. I am very proud of her for this accomplishment.”

Emilia’s bottle will be sold through Dec. 31 at www.torani.com and at Wal-Mart, Cost Plus World Markets and other retailers. Torani will donate 5 percent of all limited-edition Art for Kids Raspberry and Sugar Free French Vanilla flavor syrup sales to the Afterschool Alliance.

Luci Manning, spokeswoman for the Afterschool Alliance, said Torani has been in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance for nine years to hold the student art contest. She said Torani has been “very supportive” of after-school programs like the ones advocated by the Afterschool Alliance.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, children involved in after-school programs have been shown to perform better in school and have greater expectations for the future, while children who are unsupervised in the afternoons are at greater risk of becoming involved with crime, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.

Article source: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/09/27/avon-lake-student-wins-label-design-contest/

Multi-state conference explores ideas for after-school programs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– More than 750 educators from several different states are in downtown Indianapolis, exploring ideas on how to get more young people involved in more after-school programs.

“Mission: Possible” is the theme for the 2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference, happening Monday and Tuesday at the downtown Hyatt Regency.

The two-day conference is a sharing of ideas between the Indiana Afterschool Network and State Education Departments in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

“In Tennessee, one of our after school programs focuses on skateboarding,” said Laura Nichols, with the Tennessee Department of Education. “And the facility actually has an indoor skate park, so the kids have to come and do their homework and all the other academic components to be able to use the skate park.”

Skateboarding is just one avenue being explored and shared in the ongoing effort to keep young people focused on education, while steering them away from crime and violence.

According to the Indiana Afterschool Alliance, only 10 percent of Indiana K-12 students participate in after-school programs. At the same time, more than 330,000 of those students are alone at home during afternoon hours.

“The highest crime time hours for kids are actually after school,” said Debbie Zipes, president of the Indiana Afterschool Network. “When they’re home and their parents are still working.”

Keeping students away from crime is a constant struggle for educators in urban districts. Leslie Wesley, with the South Bend Schools Corporation, said her district is focusing more effort on getting parents involved by inviting them to share school facilities with their children. Programs include continuing education and job searching programs for parents.

“We can offer GED programs, you could offer career building programs, resume building during the day,” Wesley said. “So while your kids are at school, you can offer those same programs to parents during the school day.”

Wesley also stressed the importance of reaching students at an early age.

“If I had a blank check, I would want to have graduation coaches,” she said. “From Pre-K all the way up through 12th grade.”

Of course, nobody has a blank check, and the federal grant dollars for many after school programs are not guaranteed as lawmakers in Washington debate budget cuts.

“So one of the messages that we want to get out is that if people really care about supporting kids in the hours beyond the school day, that we want to make sure that we keep this funding stream,” Zipes said.

Dozens of workshops and presentations will continue downtown through Tuesday.

Article source: http://fox59.com/2013/09/23/multi-state-conference-explores-ideas-for-after-school-programs/

Brooklyn Student wins national ‘Lights On Afterschool’ poster contest

Afterschool programs help children “shine and grow.” That is the message of this year’s poster to promote Lights On Afterschool, the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. The poster was designed by 10-year-old Rosanie Cazeau, who attends the Children of Promise, NYC afterschool program in Brooklyn. Cazeau’s poster features a tree with leaves that represent many of the activities afterschool programs offer, including: study, play outside, paint, draw, write, math, music, healthy snacks, gym, feel safe, and have fun.

Cazeau’s artwork was selected from thousands of submissions. In addition to having her drawing featured on the official 2013 Lights On Afterschool poster, which will be displayed at thousands of rallies around the country, she will receive a $500 gift certificate from Discount School Supply.

“We are so proud of Rosanie,” said Monique Newton, vice president of programs for Children of Promise, NYC. “She worked a long time on her drawing and we feel that it is a wonderful representation of the comprehensive activities we offer the students in our program. It’s an honor to have her art used for this national event.”

The poster will be used by afterschool programs across the country and on military bases overseas to promote their Lights On Afterschool events this October. This is the 14th year for Lights On Afterschool, and more than a million people are expected to participate in more than 8,000 events.  

“I’m very excited to have my artwork seen by people all across the country,” said Cazeau. “My brothers and I really enjoy our afterschool program and I like being able to share how much we learn and all the great things that afterschool programs do for kids like us.”

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the myriad ways afterschool programs benefit students by offering them opportunities to learn new things – such as robotics, Tae Kwon Do and art – and discover new skills. The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills they learn and talents they develop at their afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

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The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.


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YMCA Afterschool Programs Offers Learning Enrichment Activities

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SOUTH AMBOY —  To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the South Amboy Branch YMCA is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children throughout South Amboy and Sayreville. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 pm, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In New Jersey, 28% children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the South Amboy YMCA encourages parents/caregivers to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Mike Tonzola, Associate Executive Director, South Amboy YMCA. “YMCA afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.

In the South Amboy YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework and can also explore arts and crafts, sports, games and swimming. We serve children in grades K-6 attending South Amboy Sayreville schools. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the South Amboy Y’s afterschool program, contact Mike Tonzola at 732-316-8205 or mike.tonzola@ymcaofmewsa.org. You can also visit www.ymcaofmewsa.org.

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Student learning goes on after the school bell rings


Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:00 am


Student learning goes on after the school bell rings

By Dane Woll

Inside Tucson Business

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When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, 15.1 million children nationwide and 22 percent of children in Arizona are left unsupervised after 3 p.m.

They do not participate in afterschool programs, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization.

To help close this gap, the YMCA of Southern Arizona continues our long standing commitment to providing childcare within the Tucson region and the Southern Arizona community. The YMCA is the largest provider of licensed child care in Southern Arizona.

Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program provides learning enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. It also provides children with an extra support system to help them achieve and reach their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models, along the learning continuum – from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college – provide the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households. The work has never been more crucial to the development of our youth than it is now. There is a growing awareness that children are at particular risk during the afternoon hours from a safety and “poor choices” point of view.

Additonally, kids who are home alone and remaining inside the house (which most are directed to do) often spend the time eating junk food, watching TV, and not participating in any physically-active or academic work during these hours.

A lack of healthy eating and physical exercise is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, which is starting at an earlier age than ever before.

The Y believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We provide quality child care to nearly 4,000 children annually in the greater Tucson region, including Vail and Sahuarita. In our programs, youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.

Through support and guidance, the Y’s afterschool programs provide enrichment while promoting a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character and creativity. Many youth have lost access to recreational programming, such as arts, sports and physical education because of budget cuts within school districts.

This month the Arizona Daily Star reported some startling statistics:

• The number of Arizona children receiving state child care subsidy has dropped by 43 percent, or nearly 20,000 children, in the past four years, and the amount Arizona set aside for child-care subsidies dropped from $83 million to zero between 2008 and 2011.

• One in four families had to cut their work hours and one in eight had to quit their job. One in 11 left their children home alone or in the care of other “older” children due to the lack of affordable care.

• Without subsidies or reduced rates, full time care for a 4-year-old in a licensed Arizona center costs an average of $7,263 a year. A single mother earning two times the poverty level in Arizona – $31,010 per year – would need to spend 28 percent of her income to keep an infant in care full-time

Recognizing the importance of supporting Tucson families and youth, the Y has responded and met the increased demands for financial assistance in our community, awarding more than $1.2 million in child care financial assistance to families over the past four years, representing a 38 percent increase over previous years.

For every $1 invested in quality early learning, we save $17 in future costs associated with remedial education, juvenile delinquency and other support services. The commitment of the YMCA to nurture the potential of each and every child in our community is stronger than ever.

For more information on our work in the lives of youth across Tucson and how you can join us in strengthening Tucson families, visit our website at tucsonymca.org or contact one of our six YMCA locations.

Contact Dane Woll, president and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona, at danew@tucsonymca.org. Woll’s Getting Fit column appears quarterly and is next scheduled to appear in the Nov. 29 issue of Inside Tucson Business.


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Student learning goes on after the school bell rings


Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:00 am


Student learning goes on after the school bell rings

By Dane Woll

Inside Tucson Business

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When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, 15.1 million children nationwide and 22 percent of children in Arizona are left unsupervised after 3 p.m.

They do not participate in afterschool programs, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization.

To help close this gap, the YMCA of Southern Arizona continues our long standing commitment to providing childcare within the Tucson region and the Southern Arizona community. The YMCA is the largest provider of licensed child care in Southern Arizona.

Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program provides learning enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. It also provides children with an extra support system to help them achieve and reach their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models, along the learning continuum – from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college – provide the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households. The work has never been more crucial to the development of our youth than it is now. There is a growing awareness that children are at particular risk during the afternoon hours from a safety and “poor choices” point of view.

Additonally, kids who are home alone and remaining inside the house (which most are directed to do) often spend the time eating junk food, watching TV, and not participating in any physically-active or academic work during these hours.

A lack of healthy eating and physical exercise is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, which is starting at an earlier age than ever before.

The Y believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We provide quality child care to nearly 4,000 children annually in the greater Tucson region, including Vail and Sahuarita. In our programs, youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.

Through support and guidance, the Y’s afterschool programs provide enrichment while promoting a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character and creativity. Many youth have lost access to recreational programming, such as arts, sports and physical education because of budget cuts within school districts.

This month the Arizona Daily Star reported some startling statistics:

• The number of Arizona children receiving state child care subsidy has dropped by 43 percent, or nearly 20,000 children, in the past four years, and the amount Arizona set aside for child-care subsidies dropped from $83 million to zero between 2008 and 2011.

• One in four families had to cut their work hours and one in eight had to quit their job. One in 11 left their children home alone or in the care of other “older” children due to the lack of affordable care.

• Without subsidies or reduced rates, full time care for a 4-year-old in a licensed Arizona center costs an average of $7,263 a year. A single mother earning two times the poverty level in Arizona – $31,010 per year – would need to spend 28 percent of her income to keep an infant in care full-time

Recognizing the importance of supporting Tucson families and youth, the Y has responded and met the increased demands for financial assistance in our community, awarding more than $1.2 million in child care financial assistance to families over the past four years, representing a 38 percent increase over previous years.

For every $1 invested in quality early learning, we save $17 in future costs associated with remedial education, juvenile delinquency and other support services. The commitment of the YMCA to nurture the potential of each and every child in our community is stronger than ever.

For more information on our work in the lives of youth across Tucson and how you can join us in strengthening Tucson families, visit our website at tucsonymca.org or contact one of our six YMCA locations.

Contact Dane Woll, president and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona, at danew@tucsonymca.org. Woll’s Getting Fit column appears quarterly and is next scheduled to appear in the Nov. 29 issue of Inside Tucson Business.


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  • ARTICLE: A Tucson neighborhood leader offers her perspectives
  • ARTICLE: To be safe, every kid can learn to swim this summer
  • ARTICLE: Making lifestyle changes to help reduce medical costs
  • ARTICLE: ‘Y’ brand is part of YMCA evolution to meet new demands

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  • ARTICLE: What goes around, goes around again in TV news ratings
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The Sussex County YMCA is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children in Blairstown, Franklin, and Hardyston to help motivate and inspire children to learn.

Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who could otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In New Jersey, 28 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the Sussex County YMCA encourages parents and caregivers to make sure children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Jennifer Gardner, executive director of the Sussex County YMCA. “YMCA afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement. Consistent quality care for all children daily helps provide every child to be successful, happy and healthy.

The Sussex County YMCA’s afterschool program offers help with homework, Healthy U Program and sports and enrichment activities. Financial assistance is available to those in need to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the Sussex County YMCA’s afterschool program, please contact Samantha Walter, School Age Child Care and Sports Enrichment Director, at 973.209.9622 or visit sussexcountyymca.org.


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The Sussex County YMCA is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children in Blairstown, Franklin, and Hardyston to help motivate and inspire children to learn.

Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who could otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In New Jersey, 28 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the Sussex County YMCA encourages parents and caregivers to make sure children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Jennifer Gardner, executive director of the Sussex County YMCA. “YMCA afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement. Consistent quality care for all children daily helps provide every child to be successful, happy and healthy.

The Sussex County YMCA’s afterschool program offers help with homework, Healthy U Program and sports and enrichment activities. Financial assistance is available to those in need to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the Sussex County YMCA’s afterschool program, please contact Samantha Walter, School Age Child Care and Sports Enrichment Director, at 973.209.9622 or visit sussexcountyymca.org.


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