How to design an after-school program for teens?
February 23, 2011 1:58 PM Subscribe
I have a chance to start an after-school program for teens in my rural community. I have no experience designing this sort of program. Help!
posted by luckynerd to Education (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a rural community in SoCal. Public transportation is almost nil, so there's not a lot for teens to do around here. (Especially the junior high crowd.) I've long dreamed of being rich enough to open up a place where teens can hang out, get homework done, and maybe do a little exercise.
The local Parks & Recreation is soliciting applications for classes at their two Community Centers. One of the centers is within walking distance of the junior high and high schools. On a whim, I sent an email to the P&R folks asking about the application process. I received a reply asking me to be more specific about my idea for "an after-school exercise class."
Now I'm stuck! I don't know how the heck to design a program like this!
My general outline:
1. Open about a half hour before high school gets out (to get set up).
2. Exercise class that starts about a half hour after high school gets out.
3. Exercise class #2 that starts about a half hour after junior high gets out.
Exercise = stretching, little bits of dance & martial arts mixed in for variety. The main goal is to get kids to move around and have a little fun.
How do I make my idea sound appealing to the P&R folks, parents, and most importantly, the teens around here?
Oh, and my motivation for doing this? Offering kids an alternative to getting into trouble out of sheer boredom. Plus contributing to a really nice little community I've been happy to call "home" for almost 8 years.