Challenging Children to
“The after school program teachers are
so nice! They help me with my work and they give us a delicious snack. After we
finish our homework, I have friends I can play with.”
at Project Learn because I want to help out and repay the kindness the people
at Project Learn have shown me.”
|— Current Project
Learn Participant, age 10
|— Kids for Kids
mentor, age 12
Learn is an outstanding after school program in the city of Bridgeport
with an emphasis on academics. The program provides after-school
homework help, healthy snacks, recreation and enrichment activities for
Bridgeport school children, ages 5-12. Focusing on small groups of
learners, Project Learn reaches children through neighborhood-based
learning centers located in public housing developments and in
neighborhood congregations. Staff and volunteers provide children with
the love, encouragement and respect they need to thrive.
Each learning center focuses on encouraging, educating and
enriching the lives of the individual child and his or her supportive network.
The emphasis on homework-help programming with small groups of elementary
school children works! Project Learn staff have documented significant
improvement in the children's overall grades, behavior and social
skills.The Kids for Kids Initiative
winning dimension to Project Learn. The program engages inner city teenagers,
often graduates of a Project Learn Center, to serve as mentors for the younger
children, offering teens a productive, mutually beneficial alternative to
simply “hanging out” after school. Kids for Kids mentors receive a
stipend, along with training in leadership skills.
Project Learn enjoys a strong partner relationship with the
Bridgeport School System, particularly with the neighborhood schools in which
Project Learn sites are located, for we share a common interest in the
education and well-being of our children.
For more information
on Project Learn please contact Program Director, Sean Campbell at
Opens New Site
Sean Campbell, Director of Project Learn, with 12 yr. old
Keylantra Langley. Keylantra has been a Project Learn student for 5 years,
& in June was named valedictorian of her 8th grade class! She plans to
continue her involvement in the program as a "Kids for Kids" mentor.
Project Learn provides after-school homework
help, healthy snacks, recreation and enrichment activities for Bridgeport
school children, ages 5-12. Focusing on small groups of learners, Project Learn
reaches children through neighborhood-based centers located in public housing
developments and in neighborhood congregations. Project Learn challenged 184
children to learn over the past school year.
The East End site
was chosen, said Program Director, Sean Campbell, because it is an underserved,
predominantly Latino area of the city.
has a very high incidence of social problems such as violence, drugs, and a
higher school drop-out rate. It was clear that the children here will really
benefit from our after-school program," said Sean.
Father Josť Diaz Martinez, pastor of St. Luke's/St.
Paul's, was very receptive when approached by The Council staff and volunteers
about the prospect of hosting a Project Learn center. He said that although an
after-school program was needed, his group required assistance in establishing
and running a center. In addition to providing the facility, located at 598
Kossuth Street, Reverend Diaz Martinez and volunteers assisted with recruitment
of staff and outreach efforts directed to the local school as well as to
The new center opened on Monday, November 21st, and
welcomed 14 kids on the first day. Attendance has grown every week, and will be
capped at 25, to ensure that the children receive personal attention and help.
The Center staff includes Edna Garcia, Center Coordinator, and Luz Diaz,
Program Assistant. Church members are now being recruited to serve as
volunteers, starting early in 2006.
The other Project
Centers, all in Bridgeport, are
St Paul's Lutheran Church,
Summerfield United Methodist
United Congregational Church
and Marina Village. Total enrollment this
year is expected to pass the 200 mark.
If you are
interested in more information, or in volunteering at one of the Project Learn
centers, please contact Sean Campbell at SeanCampbell@ccgb.org
To make a contribution to Project Learn using your credit card
through our secure site, you may go to the menu on our home page, or go
directly to www.justgive.com