In 2018, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) expanded their partnership with the Thompson School District by providing a free after-school program at Monroe and Truscott Elementary Schools, funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. This grant has enabled BGCLC to expand its services in the Loveland community and serve an additional 150 youth during the 2019-2020 school year. The main goals that the program aims to accomplish are:
- To increase 20% of participating students CMAS scores
- To encourage and increase family engagement in academics
- To increase participating students attendance at school
- To build 21st Century Skills with participating students
To meet these program goals, BGCLC provides a robust after-school program that includes academic-based activities, homework assistance, health and fitness programs and character and leadership opportunities for youth in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. The program also includes monthly family engagement activities to give parents tools on how to better support their child’s academic success at home.
Overall the first year of the program resulted in successes and identified areas needed for improvement. This information will be used to help strengthen the program over the next two years.
As the program moves into the second year, BGCLC plans to focus on incorporating more activities that are linked to the Colorado State Educational Standards to enhance the connection between what the students are learning at school and what they are learning in the after-school program. BGCLC looks forward to continuing to help provide support to meet the needs of the students at Monroe and Truscott elementary and help them become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.