After School Programs
There are dozens of sites in the St. Louis area where at-risk kids can be engaged in enrichment programs while receiving healthy snacks or meals. Enrichment programs may include tutoring, mentoring, cultural exposure, music, dance, art, life skills and sports. (Sites that provide sports must allow all children to participate.) This is extremely beneficial for working parents who can’t afford to pick their children up until they get off of work.
The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program – part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child – reimburses sponsoring organizations with certain afterschool enrichment activities for snacks or meals served to participating kids. The snacks and meals can be served any time after the regular school day ends (i.e., after the last bell at 3:00 pm).
If you are looking for an afterschool program in the St. Louis area, visit the After School for All Partnership. You can also call Youth and Family Services at (314) 657-1695 to find an afterschool program near you. If you would like to start an Afterschool Program, contact Gary Wells at (314) 726-5355 x15, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.