The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Afterschool Academy program has been proven to help children continue learning after the bell rings, and this fall, the Y will have the opportunity to make an even greater impact throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area through our signature after school program. On Monday, October 3, the Y will begin offering the YMCA Afterschool Academy in Walker County, working with children from Kindergarten through eighth grade at Oakman Elementary School.
Located in the tiny, rural community of Oakman, 12 miles south of Jasper, the school of close to 700 students will be the site of the first organized after school program in the county. Rhonda Elmore, Executive Director of the Alabaster Branch and lead staff for the Y’s Youth Development programs says the new Afterschool Academy will offer parents a safe and structured environment for their children that they have lacked for far too long.
“From what I understand a lot of these children were just riding the bus home and staying there alone until their parents arrived,” says Elmore. “It’s not that these parents don’t care. They do care about their children, they have just lacked the resources to make sure their children are safe and cared for after school. We’re very excited to help fill that gap.”
The program was made possible thanks to a 21st Century Learning grant in partnership with United Way of Central Alabama and Walker County Schools. The cost is $25 per week, however, reduced costs are available to families who qualify based on household income. Click to learn more about the Afterschool Academy in Walker County.
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