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.
Working in partnership with the North Side Wellness Collaborators and the Be Well Madison (bewellcommunitycollective.com). We have implemented a Pilot Preventative Wellness Clinic at Kennedy Heights Community Center and for the surrounding north side community. The pilot program will focus on offering free weekly preventive wellness services such as:
Yoga and Mindfulness Classes
Support Groups (ex. Men’s well being, financial information, etc.
Clinic hours on Tuesdays from 10-11 am and 2-4 pm, as we see more demand, we will add other days and time slots. Contact us 608-244-0767 to reserve a slot with one of our great practitioners.
Meet Some of our Practitioners
Tod Wickersham, CFNC, FNLP, is a functional nutrition counselor and health coach with decades of experience helping men and women improve their health and wellbeing. With an added focus on brain health, men’s health, and education about growing, choosing, preparing, and eating healthy foods. Working with Tod you can potentially uncover root causes of health complaints, ways to increase energy and enhance longevity. Learn more at TodWickersham.com Tod will be offering 30-minute sessions to hear your health and wellness concerns, answer your non-medical questions and help you determine the next action steps to improve health.
Rock Hancock MCT L2, Health Coach is the owner and head coach at MovNat Madison. He empowers individuals and families to maximize their wellbeing by stacking wellness into their daily lives. Rock will be offering 30 minute health coaching sessions. Helping you to develop strategies and habits that align with your values and needs adding wellness to your day without feeling like you are adding one more thing to your to-do list.
Liza Hahn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, School Counselor and Registered Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher. I am also a Yoga Therapist and Developmental & Relational Trauma Therapist (DARTT) in training. I integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic/body-centered therapies, trauma informed care, acceptance and commitment therapy, yoga therapy and mindfulness techniques. I conduct therapy to ages across the lifespan in person or over telehealth. My passion lies in helping children, adolescents and adults overcome personal challenges and tap into their own resiliency.