What are one of the tools needed for a child to succeed in school? It takes caring people – teachers, parents, volunteers – who motivate and inspire them to use their imagination.
The BOOST program (Best Out-of-School Time) provides a safe, structured after-school place where students expand their knowledge and their world. For more than 20 years, and with your support, Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service has offered this essential educational program to young people living in the City of Philadelphia.
More than 875 students, between the ages of 5 and 18, are enrolled in BOOST this year. Each school day provides new adventures and creative ways for them to improve their performance, develop new talents, and experience a new perspective on the world through art and culture.
Won’t you help us continue to provide this vital opportunity to the most vulnerable children in our city?
- Your contribution of just $25 will support a child for a full week of BOOST.
- $100 will support a child’s BOOST education for an entire month.
- $1,000 will cover their BOOST enrollment for the entire school year.
Right now, BOOST students at every grade level, are involved in many exciting projects. Your support will help ensure their success!
Elementary students will delve into dinosaurs and glaciers, compete in spelling bees, write their own fairy tales, and prepare their “passports” for international travel. Students in the four middle school programs will learn about the career paths that await them in life, including forensic science and journalism. High school students excel thanks to extra tutoring. They also enjoy special interest clubs like fashion and robotics, and reap the benefits of WorkReady experiences and job readiness training.
In 2012, more than 90% of the youth enrolled in BOOST were from households at or below the federal poverty level. Despite the disadvantages of poverty, 8 out of 10 BOOST high school students accumulated enough credits to advance to the next grade or graduate.
Without the supportive environment and education they receive in BOOST, many would not have earned a high school diploma – often facing a future fraught with gang violence.
Luanne B. Fisher
President and CEO