What our students say…
“What surprised me the most was how much people accepted me”- Kayla, 10 years old Afterschool Institute student
“This camp is awesome and if something is wrong, they will help you.”- Iyana, 8 year old Summer Camp student
“My favorite class is none. I have none because they are all my favorite. Even the teachers, I can’t pick one because I love them so much.”- Justine, 11 year old Summer Camp student
“This year was even better than last year!” Ferdinand, 8 year old Summer Camp student
“We’re all family!”- Natalie, 10 year old Afterschool Institute student
What our Teens say…
Q: How did taking this class or lesson help you feel differently about music and arts?
A: Music is life now... Nixon, 13 - Friday Night student
I enjoy attending the Institute because everyone is chill and it is a comfortable environment. Jonathan, 16 - Friday Night student
Taking this class made me less reserved and more open to those around me. It also helped me to have a stronger respect for music. Marcus, 13 - Friday Night student
The Institute is my second home. Janelle 17, Friday Night student
Now, I really feel there is a chance to live my dream. Morris, 14 - Friday Night Student
What our parents say…
“You are doing a great job with my daughter. Before she started here last year she was very shy and not a confident girl. When school started in September she broke out of her shell and joined dance class and made honor roll.” Summer Camp mom
“I am very thankful my daughter has such a positive place to spend time after school.”
- Beverly, Afterschool Institute parent
I like this program. I especially like that it exists in this area. I would have loved it as a kid that grew up in this area. – Luis, Afterschool Institute parent
Q: PLEASE RATE YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE WITH THE AFTERSCHOOL INSTITUTE.
A: 5 out of 5. Wonderful staff and parents. Great support. Extremely affordable and convenient location. Very patient and encouraging teachers. – Quandra, Afterschool Institute parent
A: 5 out of 5. My son enjoyed himself and explored his creative side. He also made friends.- Andrew and Elizabeth, Summer Camp parents
Q: DID PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON YOUR CHILD?
A: Yes. This is a dream come true. - Ann Marie, Afterschool Institute parent
A: Yes, a lot. She is more expressive, open and self confident. – Nella, Summer Camp parent
Q: WHAT SUGGESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS PROGRAM?
A: No. Excellent. DO NOT CHANGE A THING. SUPERIOR!!!- Bernadette and Gerard, Afterschool Institute parents
What our Youth Leaders say….
"The Institute has helped me realize that when you step outside of your comfort zone, you can achieve way beyond anything you ever expected." - Mirka Rasoanilana, Youth Leader
"Now I work harder, am more open to suggestions, have an open mind, and am more responsible." - Hezekiah Crockett, Youth Leader
"This program is preparing me to take on life head first with nothing to fear. I am not simply becoming a functioning member of society, I am becoming the kind of person who can give back. I am certain that I would not have been able to do this in any other program." - Jeffery Appiah-Essandoh, Youth Leader
"Being a Youth Leader has helped me in every way— with school, music, and especially growing as a person." - Alex Gonzalez, Youth Leader