ESL Afterschool Communities at 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— www.theyep.org.
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.
The staff provides ongoing math and reading intervention using a variety of SBR instructional methods and activities. Youth development is combined with academic support, cultural awareness, healthy eating, career exposure and other curriculum currently used in Columbus State's ESLAsC programs to engage students and increase resiliency. 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 currently serves forty-nine 6th-8th grade Somali Bantu students and families that reside at Wedgewood Village Apartments in Columbus. It is held in the community center of the complex which makes transportation a breeze. Program hours are 2:30-6pm Monday-Thursday. The students attend five schools within the Columbus City School and South- Western City School District.
Partnering with Schools
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, student's parents, and apartment staff.