At the end of the school day, youth go to the cafeteria to check in with your program provider. Youth receive a hot meal and have some time to socialize with their friends. The AfterZone Site Coordinator and the Youth Engagement Specialists greet youth before making announcements about the day, and then youth are dismissed to your programs.
If your funded program runs during the first hour of AfterZone, youth enjoy high-quality programs that they signed up for in advance of the 10-week session. These programs fall into the categories of sports, arts, and skills, and change from session to session. Many students attend the AfterZone year after year, trying new programs and learning new things each time around.
If the funded program runs during the second hour of AfterZone, youth go to Club AfterZone following dinner. Youth Engagement Specialists run Club AfterZone activities, which range from kickball and team-building games, to crafts and science experiments. These choices change on a daily basis, and are planned with young people’s interests in mind.
At 4:10, the two groups switch. Youth finish out the day in their respective place, either your funded programs or in Club AfterZone. At 5:15, youth meet in the cafeteria for dismissal and go home by walking, by being picked up by an authorized adult, or by taking the AfterZone bus to your home neighborhood.
Welcome to the Hub at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (JSEC)! Similar to the AfterZone, youth participation in the Hub begins right after the last bell of the school day. Once youth have collected their belongings, they will head to the cafeteria. Upon their arrival youth will be supplied with a bag lunch consisting of a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a snack and a milk/juice. This time between 2:35 – 3:00 is spent in the cafeteria and reserved as time for youth to relax and have a bite to eat before heading to their program.
Hub programs are provided by both community organizations and school teachers and they happen both at JSEC and around the city. This means that youth can choose a program that takes place inside their school or a program that happens in a different part of Providence! While youth are eating their after-school lunch your site coordinator will provide youth with a day pass for the city bus called a RipTik that will get them to and from their off-site program. The site coordinator will also provide youth with a map and instructions on how to navigate the RIPTA bus system if they need it.
Next comes the fun part! Once youth have arrived at their program they will now have the opportunity to participate in one of our hands-on programs that provides you with real world experience, career skills and an afternoon of fun! At the Hub we have programs in the following categories: science, technology, engineering, arts, design, theater, leadership, sports, health, culinary and many more! Your programs will typically run on Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs so be sure to review your schedule.