21st Century Program Expands to Regional High Schools and a Community Center

21st Century Program Expands to Regional High Schools and a Community Center
Posted on 05/19/2022
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New during this school year, ESD 123’s 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC) now offer after school programming to local high school students. When a funding opportunity arose out of the COVID pandemic, meeting the existing need to serve high school students turned into a reality. In the fall of 2021, four programs were added to the sites served by our 21st Century Program, three high schools and one community center: River’s Edge (Richland), Legacy (Kennewick), New Horizons (Pasco), and The Club Community Center (Dayton). The 21st Century programs at these sites are available Monday – Friday, during non-school hours and during the summer. 
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These new programs provide resources to help bridge gaps and support student and family success through tools that expand students’ ideas of what is possible for their future. Teaching students soft skills, such as learning to communicate with a supervisor and how to self-advocate, is a key component of the high school 21st CCLC programs. Internships and field trips provide students with access to a behind the scenes look at local businesses and opportunities that might fuel their passion.

What makes 21st CCLC before and after-school program successful?
  • Learning and fun come together
  • Exploration of art, music, and technology
  • Students feel included, respected, and encouraged
  • Positive impact on a student’s future success

Margarita Alaman, 21st Century Program Director, says, “All these tools help engage the student, promote health and wellness, as well as social-emotional development. Program is a fun place for students to grow, while still tying in academics that prepare students for their future.”

At all 21st Century sites, homework help is available. Whether it is a science project, spelling test, or book report, 21st Century teachers are available to support students with homework, which frees up time in the evenings for families to be together. The sites provide a safe and productive place for students to go outside of school hours.

The 21st CCLC is grant-funded, which means Margarita continues to actively seek and write grants to extend program funding. The four new program sites are funded through the grant through the summer of 2024.
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To learn more about the 21st Century program through ESD 123, contact Margarita Alaman at [email protected] or visit www.esd123.org/services/21st_century.

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