21ST CENTURY CCLC PROGRAM
The 21st CCLC program YE²S Program targets students in grades 9-12 at Hialeah Gardens High School, and in grade 8 at Hialeah Gardens Middle School. Services are geared primarily to the high school student. The program follows a service-learning model aimed at giving students support, skills, knowledge, and resources to develop and implement collaborative service projects and address authentic real-world needs that will enable them to direct their own success. The program complements day school instruction and bolsters student knowledge, skills, and abilities with school and life strategies to overcome risk factors and increase chances for success. The program makes a positive contribution to the community by helping young people to become productive, civic minded members of society. Each week is themed and planned around three overarching projects that are explored throughout each session. These three projects correspond to (1) literacy, (2) leadership, and (3) community service. Students may enroll in the program in order to earn a ½ credit in an elective course (academic enrichment), for credit recovery, and/or to earn community service hours. For those students enrolled with a program goal of academic enrichment, upon completion of a session (30 full days out of a quarter) the student will receive ½ Credit in Engaged Citizenship Course I. A grade of an “A” will be issued for each course earned. Please note, due to the very tight schedule necessary for program completion, the 30 days must be completed within the given quarter and students are not permitted to arrive late or leave early.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SERVICE-LEARNING?
Service-learning is a teaching method that incorporates community service into education. Service-learning connects instruction and student outcomes directly to service. Service becomes an integral part of the whole educational process with students directing their own learning and leading the service projects. Service-learning has many proponents and methodologies–but true in all manner of service-learning is the direct relationship of student learning outcomes to authentic service to a community or need area. Through service-learning activities, STUDENTS:
- Increase motivation and desire to learn.
- Develop responsibility, think critically, make decisions, and solve problems.
- Improve academic knowledge and performance, including writing and communication skills.
- Cultivate self-perception.
- Develop ability to work well with others.
- Experience reciprocity.
- Replace stereotypes with respect for others.
- Interact with adults who have different roles in society.
- Explore career options including those in public service.
- Become more knowledgeable about out their community and the resources available for themselves and their families.
- Experience civic responsibility.
- BEGIN TO DEVELOP A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND TO LEARNING!
WHEN IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
The program is offered quarterly and in the summer. Registration is limited to 75 students per quarter and 100 students in the summer. The program is free of charge due to the 21st CCLC Grant. The hours during the school year are school days Monday through Thursday, 2:30- 5:30 pm and Saturdays 8:30 – 2:30pm. The summer schedule is Monday through Friday, 9:00-3:00pm. Please click on the links below to see the individual schedules.
Summer 2016 (TBA)
For any additional information, please contact Dr. Arlene Valdes, Program Director at 698-5000, ext. 2119. To review the Formative Evaluation for 2013-14, please use the following link:
FAMILY PARTICIPATION & SERVICE LEARNING ACTIVITES
Family participation is encouraged at all fieldtrips as these are wonderful opportunities to learn and bond with your student. As part of program completion requirements, families are required to read and sign monthly newsletters, attend day-school, orientations, and attend the end of the quarter showcase. Please visit the links below to see our students enjoying their service learning activities.