Programs & Initiatives
Sacramento County has a great need for free and affordable after school programs. Seventy-six percent of Sacramento families seek after school care because the parents are working, looking for work (22%), or attending school/job training (11%). If the cost of after school care exceeds a certain amount of a family’s income, the purpose for working can be seen as a liability for that family (Sacramento County Children’s Report Card, 2008). Jump Start after school programs not only provide educational and emotional enrichment, but give children a safe place to be nurtured and mentored.
New Hope Community Development Corporation (NHCDC) partners with schools, churches, businesses and other community partners to offer Jump Start after school programs. The programs provide support, mentoring and enrichment/recreational activities for school-aged children at low or no cost to families.
Goals of Jump Start
- Establish and maintain positive long term relationships with children and provide support for their families.
- Improve academic performance in reading, language arts and math for students who are low performing, at risk of failure, or failing.
- Strengthen the health and wellness of children who participate in the after school program.
- Enhance student’s enrichment opportunities by providing a broad array of age-appropriate, student-driven, high interest learning opportunities.
- Provide information, educational resources, and activities to families that will enhance youth and adult learning.
- Create opportunities for children to grow in their character and faith.
Jump Start After School Program Locations
Sol Aureus College Preparatory
A charter school serving children throughout the city of Sacramento. Located in South Sacramento, SAC Prep has been successfully serving students in Sacramento by preparing them for admission and academic competition in top Sacramento area public and private high schools. At SAC Prep, Jump Start is offered to grade levels K through 8. Please contact SAC Prep if you are interested in registering for the program.
William Land Elementary
A Jump Start program offering kindergarten after school enrichment in midtown Sacramento. In partnership with the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the staff at William Land Elementary, Jump Start supports the kids with homework assistance in English and Mandarin as part of William Land’s Mandarin Immersion program. Please contact William Land Elementary School if you are interested in registering for this program.
These are some examples of activities we have offered in our programs to enhance the learning process and encourage health and wellness at our sites.
- Basketball Clinics
- Dance Classes
- Science Projects
- Character/Life Skills
- Arts Projects
- Acting Classes
Summer Bridge Program
During the summer break, students do not have many opportunities for supplemental learning and, most of all, having fun in a safe environment. NHCDC runs a summer bridge program for families that provides a dynamic low cost program for kids. This private low cost fee-based program offers classes in reading, math and basic life skills/character development training. In addition the Summer Bridge Program offers sports training such as basketball clinics, dance classes, and basic arts and recreational enrichment.
This program offers an optional faith-based mentoring component that is informal and engaging. We encourage kids to ask life questions and encourage them to discover those answers through prayer, looking into scripture, and engaged discussions with trusted mentors. Questions such as: “Why should I forgive those who hurt me?” “Was I created for something more?” “How do I handle problems constructively?”