21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is proud to announce that we have received two grants to operate 21st Century Community Learning Centers during 2017-18. These centers provide additional academic enrichment opportunities for young people who need help with their schoolwork.

In Fort Pierce, the 21st Century Explorers Program is held at our Garden Terrace Clubhouse, 3104 Avenue J, and at Infinity Clubhouse, 2902 Avenue D. This program is for Club members from Lawnwood Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, Chester A. Moore (C.A. Moore) Elementary, and Dan McCarty Middle School. Learn more here.

In Port St. Lucie, the 21st Century Explorers program is operated at Mariposa Elementary School, 2620 SE Mariposa Avenue, for students of that school. Learn more here.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The specific purposes of the federal law are to:

  • provide opportunities during non-school hours for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards;
  • offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities during non-school hours such as:
    • youth development activities,
    • service learning,
    • nutrition and health education,
    • drug and violence prevention programs,
    • counseling programs,
    • arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs,
    • technology education programs,
    • financial literacy programs,
    • environmental literacy programs,
    • mathematics, science, career and technical programs,

21st CCLC programs are designed to provide safe environments for students during non-school hours. They may be located in schools, community facilities, and/or faith-based facilities, but they all must must provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, As stated in the federal statue, the specific purposes of the law are to

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics;
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
  3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers Here.