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Wedgewood Village

Columbus State's ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) program at Wedgewood Village is supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Wedgewood was awarded a 5-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in August of 2012. The program opened its doors January 2010, supported by a 3-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Minority Health Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) grant. Please review the results of the comprehensive study of reaching at-risk youth utilizing innovative approaches at—

In addition to offering academic assistance to students, we seek to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.


ESLAsC Wedgewood has three main focus areas to reach the goal of increased quality and years of healthy student lives. Our areas of focus are: academic enrichment, youth development and family engagement. The staff provides ongoing math and reading intervention using a WW 1variety of SBR instructional methods and activities. Weekly lesson plans in the fine arts, science, fitness, math and reading are developed to meet students exactly where they are academically in an engaging, fun way. Youth development is integrated into all aspects of programming including topics such as cultural awareness, healthy eating, college and career exposure, resiliency building, interpersonal skills, goal setting and life skills. Family engagement is addressed through home visits, parent workshops and meetings, as well as social service referrals, translation/interpretation services and facilitating better communication with feeder schools. The program primarily serves 6th-8th grade Somali and Somali Bantu students and families that reside at Wedgewood Village Apartments in Columbus. It is held at Wedgewood Middle School, located immediate to Wedgewood Village Apartments, eliminating the transportation barrier. The students attend several schools within the Columbus City School District, with Wedgewood Middle School being the primary feeder school.

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The Wedgewood staff work to build positive working relationships with the principals and teachers of our partnering schools. These relationships facilitate the sharing of information and help us to better serve the student's individual needs. ESLAsC is committed to promoting and communicating school events with the families of our students. Building positive working relationships with Columbus' schools only benefits the students, parents and community we serve. We understand that strengthening the link between the schools and the ESLAsC program helps to support student's academic achievement. To facilitate this linkage, staff members volunteer in classrooms weekly and have regular communication with school staff.

Wedgewood Advisory Board

The Wedgewood Advisory Board is tasked with developing a strategic plan to facilitate leadership and collaborative effectiveness between the involved organizations and to have collective impact in the neighborhood. The Advisory Board meets quarterly and consists of community leaders, partnering school staff, local service providers, student's parents and apartment staff.

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Maria Caracciolo
Site Specialist
PH: 614-287-5517
FAX: 614-287-3995