Bridging Youth to Opportunities
Beaver & Westmoreland Counties
The 21st Century Nita M. Lowery Afterschool Enrichment Program provides youth in grades K-12 with homework help, tutoring, academic enrichment activities, character building opportunities, health and nutrition education, and physical activity. Programming runs three hours a day after school Monday through Thursday, except in Ligonier Valley where programming is an hour before school and two hours after school. Students are encouraged to attend four days a week. During the school year, presentations and speakers are offered to enhance the educational experience. The Youth Staff also brings in Science on the Road presentations from the Carnegie Science Center.
The Afterschool Enrichment Program can be found at the following districts and sites:
|Connellsville||Dunbar Twp. Elementary|
|Connellsville||West Crawford Elementary|
|Connellsville||Connellsville Area Middle School|
|Connellsville||Springfield CN Pritts Elementary|
|Monessen||Monessen Elementary (3rd-5th)|
|Monessen||Monessen High School (9th-12th)|
|Ligonier Valley||Laurel Valley Elementary (K-5th)|
|Ligonier Valley||RK Mellon Elementary (K-5th)|
|Southmoreland||Southmoreland Elementary (K-5th)|
|Southmoreland||Southmoreland Middle School (6-8th)|
The Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program is an extension of the afterschool programming. The Summer Enrichment Program encourages students to continue learning out of school and not fall victim to “summer slide,” a decrease in student achievement that can result in a long-term achievement gap. Depending on the site, a 6-week, hands-on summer program is offered. Participants are engaged in hands-on cultural and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities.
Over past summers, the youth have built water bottle rockets and solar ovens and made chalk art and much, much more. The Youth Staff bring in programming from Penn State an other post-secondary colleges to provide the students with unique learning opportunities.
Both programs are offered at no cost to the family. Transportation and a snack is provided to all children.
Additional Information about the Programs
The Afterschool Enrichment Program and the Summer Enrichment Program are funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants through the Department of Education.
Applicants must complete a registration packet. Download the Afterschool/Summer Enrichment Packet.
Reports for the program can be found by clicking these links: 2018 Cohort 9 Final Report | 2019 Cohort 9 Final Report | 2020 Cohort 7 Final Report | 2020 Cohort 9 Final Report | 2020 Cohort 10 Final Report
Pa CareerLink®, School Districts, Social Service/Community Based Agencies, YMCA, ETI, Penn State Fayette, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Penn State New Kensington.
Contact our Youth Supervisor for further information at 724-836-2600.