The SWAN After School Program provides a space for our neighborhood children to receive homework assistance, eat a nutritious snack and be mentored.
Our children find themselves with an abundance of idle time after school, and while many parents want more for their children, extracurricular programs can be cost prohibitive. This valuable time is wasted, which can leave our children without the tools necessary to perform to their optimal potential.
Children in the Rochester City School District underperform in just about every subject area compared to other districts in the state. For this reason, the SWAN After School Program seeks to produce better educated children.
The SWAN After School Program was conceived in 1982 by the late founder of SWAN, Willie W. Lightfoot. It was designed as an alternative for our children who had nothing to do after school. Since then, the SWAN After School Program has grown into an accredited program licensed and monitored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. We serve an average of 85 to 120 school-age children, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, in a safe, fun and educational setting. Our program is designed to enhance youth assets and alleviate risky behaviors by providing a wide variety of learning opportunities delivered by a network of caring adults and peers. Participants engage in a variety of activities that support literacy, math and life skills, social-emotional development, fine and large motor skills and good old-fashioned fun.