Sleepy Hollow Middle School After School Program

In 2014, FSW received a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to implement an After School Program at Sleepy Hollow Middle School.  The program is designed to provide opportunities and experiences to enhance participating students’ academic performance, social-emotional well-being, and growth. The program, offers the following opportunities for participating students, including those with special needs:

  • access to homework help and assistance with research projects in the Learning Lab;
  • identify personal strengths and interests and explore possible future careers in Future U;
  • identify issues they are concerned about in their community, explore what they can do, as middle-schoolers, to address these issues and then engage in community service projects of their choosing, reaching out to their parents as well to participate;
  • establish and strengthen communication, anger management, conflict resolution and other life skills;
  • participate in single-sex peer groups to discuss relationships, making healthy choices, bullying and other issues.

An important aspect of the program is that both parents and youth are involved in program design and delivery.  This includes representation on the Advisory Board; participation in planning and implementing community services projects; identifying issues of concern, and program evaluation.

Issues regarding adolescent health and wellness are addressed both directly, in single-gender groups, within the context of healthy relationships, and indirectly, in Future U sessions. Future U aims to focus youth on their personal goals and begin to consider future career interests reflecting their personal strengths and interests.

For additional information about the Sleepy Hollow Middle School After School program, contact:
Kathy Howard
khoward@fsw.org
(914) 631-2022, ext 16