“Why do we need another after-school program?” There are many after-school programs available – where kids are taken care of and they grow. For us, the end-goal of after-school programming for us is not just the “programming” but the connections that we build along the way. For us, the after-school program is a tool used to accomplish a much greater goal: Community Transformation.
There is an important overlap between our United Kids & Teens Program and our Adult / Community Programming (see Voces Unidas). We are connected to the children in our program AND their parents, their aunts, uncles, siblings, and neighbors. We are a community and we know each others’ lives – for better or for worse. We know each others’ stories. We know each other in the classroom, in the neighborhood, and in the grocery store. Within that dynamic, real transformation occurs. That’s what makes us different.
We use experience-based, social-emotional learning – which is a big phrase which means, “learning is how we reflect on our experience and we can use fun activities to learn and grow in our emotions, TOGETHER.” At United Kids & Teens, we learn by making meaning from our personal and community experiences.
- We are safe here.
- We feel our emotions.
- We feel what is hurt.
- We dream big together.
- We learn with fun.
- We are family.
There are the heartbeat of our program and our staff and our kids know them well.
United Kids volunteers make a difference in the lives of elementary school students at Valencia Park Elementary and Orangethorpe Elementary through restorative relationships and trauma-informed care.
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