Children & Youth After School
Below is a list of programs in which Eastern students have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the education and well-being of local youth ages 4 to 18.
Registration is now closed for the semester. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about any of these programs.
Windham Special Olympics Swim Team
Tuesday 7:00-8:00PM, volunteers assists the Special Olympics swim team coaches and their team practices. Volunteers will be paired up one-on-one with athletes. Volunteers need to be able to swim with the athletes. The programs have coaches in the water as well and on the deck at all times. Lifeguards will be on site throughout the entire program. The Windham High School is located at walking distance from Eastern, across High Street. Transportation will not be provided.
Natchaug Elementary After School Program
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 4:00-5:30: Volunteers will assist with homework. The volunteers will work as a team in order to develop and implement academic and recreational activities appropriate to the participants’ school level. *Now only accepting volunteers on Mondays & Tuesdays*
North Windham Elementary After School Program
Monday-Friday 4:00-5:30: Volunteers at North Windham will assist with homework, arts and crafts, and recreational activities.
*Monday’s activity will be the Kids Books and Athletics (KBA) Program in which college students read interactively with elementary school children to promote literacy. In addition, college students lead structured physical activities to promote physical health.
Windham Center Elementary After School Program
Monday-Thursday 4:00-5:30: Volunteers at Windham Center will assist with homework, arts and crafts, play time and will have the opportunity to develop and implement lesson plans for the after-school program.
Charles H. Barrows STEM Magnet After School Program
Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:00: Volunteers at the new Barrows STEM Magnet School will assist with homework, arts and crafts, play time and will have the opportunity to develop and implement lesson plans for the after school program.
*Tuesday’s activity will be the Kids Books and Athletics (KBA) Program in which college students read interactively with elementary school children to promote literacy. In addition, college students lead structured physical activities to promote physical health.
Sweeney Elementary After School Program
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 3:30-5:00: Sweeney volunteers would assist with homework, arts and crafts. Volunteers may also play an active role in planning weekly enrichment activities and special events such Parent’s Nights and annual Talent Show.
Middle School Age
Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm: Cameo Club is a resident’s only after school program located in the community center of a housing property in Willimantic, CT called Village Heights. The children that participate in this program are generally between the ages of 7 and 12. This is an at risk population based on the economic, educational and social disparities experienced by marginalized populations. Many of these children perform at low literacy rates and are in need of help with homework, health education, self-esteem building and physical activity. This program aims to engage and educate the youth population at Village Heights by giving them a safe and encouraging environment to learn and play. Specifically we are promoting awareness of healthy eating, hygiene and exercise so that the children will be better able to grow and develop with the resources they have available.
Windham Middle School After School Program
Monday- Thursday 3:15-5:15: Volunteers assist program coordinators and directly assist middle school participants with homework and recreational activities.
Puentes al Futuro /Bridges to the Futur
Tuesday-Thursday 3:30-5:15: This program provides middle school students an opportunity to strengthen their English learning language skills as well as have fun while doing a wide range of activities such as dancing, cultural cooking, art lesson swimming and sports after school. Eastern students act in a tutor and mentor capacity to build self-confidence among the children. Training will be on Monday, February 2nd from 3pm-4pm at the Center for Community Engagement.
High School Age
Windham High School After School Program
Mondays through Thursdays 2:45-4:30 High School students engage in various enrichment activities through the WHS After School Program. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework and to participate in the enrichment activities with the high school students. Volunteers may act as role models and assist the adult project leaders with activities however they are most needed for academic assistance.
Mondays- Photography & Hip Hop Dance
Tuesdays- Cooking & Art
Wednesdays- Hip Hop and Rap Poetry & Puentes al Futuro Program (see below)
Thursday- Karate & Mentor Programs (see below)
Puentes al Futuro: This program provides middle school students an opportunity to strengthen their English learning language skills and participate. High school student also participate in I am Latino. This is a curriculum which provides high school students with an opportunity to delve into cultural connections and history. While the name “I am Latino” indicates that it is about the Latino culture, the curriculum is inclusive of all cultures. Through understanding of their own cultures and the connection to the larger community, high school students build self-esteem, knowledge about cultural history and what culture means today. The high school students build a strong sense of self and discuss what their goals and expectations are for their future, with encouraging support for college and career planning. Eastern students act in a tutor and mentor capacity to build self-confidence among the youth.
The Sister to Sister/Brother to Brother Mentor Program at Windham High School is an after-school program where college students develop and implement group activities for high school students. Activities are geared to support self-esteem, academic achievement and the empowerment and leadership.
Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm: Journey House at Natchaug Hospital is the primary provider of a regional system care for adolescent females with behavioral challenges, substance abuse problems and young women who are enrolled under the Connection Probation Program. Eastern volunteers (females and males) provide innovative activities for the high school females residing in the facility.
Transportation by ECSU is required for this location. No personal cars are permitted for security purposes. Transportation will leave the CCE House at 3:30pm and return by 5:00pm.
Schedule is still being determined for spring semester. Please check back soon!