Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.
- Maya Angelou

IMG_9025After-School Enrichment Program

Monday – Friday until 5:30 PM

The Brighter Choice After-School Enrichment Program gives scholars the opportunity to participate in an extended learning day that contributes to their academic achievement, social development, and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices. The focus will be on character education, social development, and recreation.

Character Education: Scholars will participate in lessons, workshops, and activities introducing the concept of character. We want scholars to know the difference between right and wrong and always try to do what is right. We hope they always set a good example for everyone and live life according to the Six Pillars of Character.

Six Pillars of Character

Trustworthiness:
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect:
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility:
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness:
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring:
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship:
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

 Social Development: Scholars will be exposed to lessons/activities to equip them with tools to effectively navigate through life situations. Topics include conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and effective communication. As a result, scholars will build confidence and boost self-esteem in their abilities to interact cooperatively and peacefully in their school and community.

 The Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc. (ACCA) will be providing a comprehensive, year-round schedule of prevention programming to foster healthy lifestyles and overall wellness with the student populations at the Brighter Choice Schools. These prevention programs (An Apple A Day, Grow Girl/Boys Only, Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence, Second Step, and Steps to Respect) are nationally recognized, evidence based programs designed to promote and reinforce resiliency skills for substance abuse prevention, and teach strong character-based skills, attitudes, and behaviors. In addition, students will develop skills for conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and effective communication—keys to social-emotional intelligence.

The Next Level Mentoring Program is a mentoring program that provides structure, guidance, self-awareness, and a wider view on life for our scholars. They will learn skills such as leadership; understanding the money market, character building, teamwork, and skills enhancement (ELA and Math). Various influential people of our community will mentor scholars.

The Swagga Club/Delicate Diamonds will educate youth by allowing them to build self-esteem, self-respect, and leadership skills through etiquette, goal setting, health, and beauty. The goals of these workshops and seminars are to create confident, strong, and successful young men and woman through proper guidance and enrichment programming.

Recreation Component: Organized through cooperative partnerships, the recreational component was established to highlight and develop our scholar’s talents. While strengthening their skills, such as creativity and public speaking, we will strive to deliver positive messages through sportsmanship, teamwork, and effort. We are committed to the health and wellness of each individual scholar and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Double Dutch: Participants will develop life skills, which will allow them to form collaborative relationships with their peers, as well as other adults in their community. As a result, these scholars will be empowered to make appropriate choices in regard to their minds, their bodies, and their futures so that they may exhibit confidence in their abilities to become successful contributing members of our society.

15-LOVE Tennis Program: Delivers high quality tennis lessons and important life lessons conducted in off-court activities. These include: an emphasis upon education, good health, family preservation, multi-cultural relationships, and good sportsmanship. By joining 15-LOVE, scholars will have a great way to get exercise, make friends, and have fun in a team-oriented and safe environment.

CrossFit Beyond: Specializes in strength and conditioning program for all ages and abilities. CrossFit’s goal is to promote healthy living through exercise and nutrition with fun and engaging activities. CrossFit’s concentration is on the ten physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.

Girl Scouts:Scholars will take part in lessons, activities, and games that “build girls of courage, confidence, and character.” By upholding the girl scouts core values throughout the year, scholars will have the opportunity to earn badges for their milestones and accomplishments.

Karate Club: Participants will be introduced to a distinctive style of Martial Arts. The club will emphasize different forms of attack and defense using both hands and feet. Scholars will be taught to show proper respect, maintain self-control, and develop good character.

Cooking Club: Participants will be taught how to calculate serving sizes, prepare various foods, and learn the importance of healthy eating choices.

Chess Club: Participants will learn that there are no losers in chess, just learners. Scholars will first learn to focus, have a plan, and develop good habits. Scholars will engage in positive chess matches and tournaments.

Gardening Club: Designed to educate, as well as bring a delight to gardening and horticulture. Throughout the sessions, scholars will harvest fruits and vegetables for other after-school enrichment programs to promote healthy eating habits. Scholars will plant flowers in an attempt to beautify the school and create/decorate potted plants to take home.

Urban Arts Experience Theater Club (UAE): Will educate and entertain the community, using performing arts as a prevention and awareness tool. UAE is committed to empowering the community and strengthen the academic performance of scholars, peers, and community. The goal of UAE is to provide an educational and fun-filled atmosphere for youth and teens, and to help foster growth in the performing arts leadership.