After School Program
Monday through Thursday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Face to Face After School program offers forty neighborhood children a safe, nurturing and constructive place to go from 3pm to 6pm Mondays through Thursdays. Instead of returning to empty apartments or left to wander the dangerous streets of Germantown, the children are welcomed by certified teachers and volunteers who provide them with a structured, enriching afternoon. The children range in age from 5 to 12. Following an hour of informal play and exercise they receive one-on one-tutoring and homework help.
The After School Program’s focus on education, group activities, relationship building and social skills enhancement all play a role in closing the “achievement gap”, the difference in scholastic performance between low-income students and their middle class peers.
July is right around the corner and once again Face to Face will welcome nearly 100 local children to our Summer Camp. Instead of suffering the effects of heat and boredom on dangerous streets, our neighborhood children will experience days full of the magic of summer. They’ll take trips to pools, historic sites and parks. Their days will be enriched by the friendships they make and the relationships they form with their instructors and counselors. Campers range in age from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade and attend camp five days a week from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Specific activities include:
Music Classes – Guitarists and music educators lead our campers in a wide range of musical activities. Campers are exposed to percussion, wind, and string instruments and have the opportunity to play a variety of other instruments.
- Dance – Professional dancers teach our campers the fundamentals of dance. Campers begin with basic dance concepts and progress to choreographed routines.
- Art Projects -Campers can engage in creative expression through drawing, painting, and sculpting.
- Computer -Technology experts runs the computer lab. Campers utilize our internet capabilities as well as a variety of multimedia programs.
- Cooking – Campers participate in activities ranging from nutritional bingo to preparing homemade ice cream.
- Sports and Games – Children learn team building skills by engaging in various sports.
- Tai Chi – Campers begin each day with a half hour Tai Chi routine taught by a local Tai Chi master.
The Camp also holds a Family Camp Night when family and friends join with the campers to celebrate the Camp experience. The evening features an art gallery and visual displays of skills learned at camp. The children also perform in a music and dance recital. The night concludes with a treat created by campers during their Cooking Class.
Once teenagers graduate from participating in the Summer Camp they have the opportunity to become Counselors In Training. The CIT Program offers a small stipend to work in the Camp and teaches the teens professional skills such as leadership and organization. Supervised by program staff, CITs lead small group activities and help monitor children playing in large groups. Younger children also learn from the positive influence of older children in their neighborhood.
Back to School Readiness Camp
Last year was the first year for the Face to Face Back to School Readiness Camp. It is an extension of our Summer Camp. It allows up to 50 childrent the opportunity to participate in a three week long intensive literacy and mathematics course to prepare for the new school year. Our students come from deeply impoverished families and do not have access to summer learning opportunities. Studies consistently show that over the summer months low-income students loose more than two months in reading achievement, in stark contrast to their middle-class peers who make slight gains. Our camp addresses this achievment gap by reviewing the students’s previous school year using the Philadlephia Public School System’s curriculum. Our goal is to target the student’s deficiencies and work with them so that instead of beginning the new school year lagging behind they will begin prepared to move forward.
The children are taught by Philadlephia Public School teachers who perform individual assessments of the children’s math and literacy skills at the beginning of camp. Lessons are tailored to each student’s needs. At the end of camp, each child is sent home with a new backpack full of school supplies so that they have the tools for a year of academic success.
Click on this link to donate to our childrens’ camps : Summer Camp Donations