Elementary After School Program
The After School Program provides an enriching, safe program for elementary school age children each day. The program provides a variety of activities such as dance club, yoga, social and emotional support to extend their learning beyond the classroom. There will be opportunities for children to play, complete their homework and build positive relationships with adults and their peers. Our participants engage in a number of field trip opportunities that include local County and State parks, the Olbrich Gardens and more. Staff and volunteers implement a number of enrichment activities throughout the program year that support academic and social skill development. Children in Kindergarten – fifth grade are served through the enrolled program. Program runs Mondays from 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm and Tuesday - Friday from 3:45 to 5:30 pm.
Middle & High School Program
The Middle & High School Program will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. The program will provide a safe adequately equipped space to offer a variety of activities such as dance club, board games, social and emotional support and educational spaces to extend their learning beyond the classroom. The program actively engages youth in decision-making roles and focuses on helping youth explore positive options for their future. Our participants will engage in a number of field trip opportunities. And in partnership with the Goodman Community Center and Warner Park Community Center our youth will have the opportunity to engage in a number of different sports related activities. The program serves on average of 12 youth per day and 30 different youth per year.
We provide vibrant Summer Camp programs for both Elementary, Middle and High School participants. We give priority to the participants already enrolled in the after school programs. The summer camp focuses on a variety of recreational activities, which include swimming lessons, dance lessons, kayaking, biking and more. We also provide some academic enrichment in efforts to help prevent summer slide. During the summer we take our participants to a variety of field trips around Madison and in the state. Summer camp runs Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Adult Resources Program
The Adult Resources Program provides educational opportunities and training that supports adults to help reduce the barriers to employment and civic life as well as activities that advocate for a practice of physical and emotional well being and nutritional education through a variety of programs. The program helps adults seeking employment, resources or increased connection to their neighborhood. Programming includes case management, open computer lab access, computer training, and other training that helps foster community engagement and improve the quality of life of our residents.
The Kennedy Heights Food Pantry provides residents with food and nutrition information. The food pantry is supported by resident volunteers and serves 30–50 families each week. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the food pantry provides pre-packaged boxes to ensure minimal contact and transmission. The food pantry is supported by Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Action Coalition and many area food drives.
The Asian Outreach Program helps Southeast Asian residents by providing translation services to Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, and English, assistance navigating the school system, housing, health care, food pantry, social events, educational workshop, referral contacts by phone, financial issues and help to access center programs and other community services. Some examples of past workshops include nutrition, cooking, parenting skills, using the library, financial, literacy, and many others. The Asian Outreach program provides services and support to over 300 individuals and families each year.
Each year the community center hosts a variety of community events for the neighborhood. These have included neighborhood block parties, holiday gift shopping, talent shows, family literacy nights, community focus groups, parent-child kickball tournaments, art exhibits, financial literacy workshops, fishing safety forums, and many other center and resident planned community activities. Over 1000 people attend our events each year.
The community center provides space to other non-profit groups that provide programming that fits with the mission of the community center and is available to the community (baby showers, birthday parties, etc..).
Equal Opportunity Statement
The Center adheres to an equal employment opportunity principle in providing services, hiring and supervising staff and volunteers, and promotional activities. Equal opportunity is defined as non-discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, disability, association with person with a disability, gender, religious conviction, creed, gender, sexual orientation, arrest conviction record, marital status, source of income, physical appearance, political beliefs, familial status, student status, national origin, or military participation.