Shayne Brock, an eighth grade student at Bryant Middle School in West Philadelphia, has his friends to thank for enrolling in our Best Out of School Time (BOOST) program.
“Instead of just running the streets and not being good kids, we just decided to join this and have fun,” Shayne says.
Quickly, the 14 year old boy realized the afterschool program is much more than a place to hang out with his friends. BOOST, he says, is inspiring him to set goals and carve out a path to achievement. Shayne is among more than 1,100 youth in elementary, middle and high school enrolled in BOOST’s before-and-after school programs across the city of Philadelphia. Administered by Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service, BOOST incorporates academic enrichment, activities that promote social and emotional growth, as well as a wide array of recreational activities in an adult-supervised, safe environment. This includes homework assistance, a project-based learning curriculum, recreation, arts and crafts, computer lab, field trips and more.
This past year, through grant and community support, the BOOST program built upon its tools and curriculum by obtaining iPads at some sites that did not have computer labs, creating new and innovative educational projects, and adding additional staff members.
Shayne credits the extra guidance he receives from BOOST staff with making a difference in his life. “I would like to go to college. I want to get my education and at one point be a CEO. I’d like to have my own business, maybe my own clothing line,” he says.