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Northside Youth Activities
- Middle and High School (Early Release) Open Gym - No ID card is required and there is no admission fee charged. We encourage kids ages 11-18 (or 6th-12th grade) to come down and interact with other middle and high schoolers in a safe and positive environment. This program is held every Monday 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (September through May).
- Neighborhood Center Night - Wednesdays from 3:45 pm–5:30 pm. Children from any of the Northside neighborhood centers are welcome to utilize the gym and game room free of charge. No ID card is required and there are no age restrictions but children must be actively supervised by an adult. This program runs during the school year only (September through May). For daily open gym options call 245-3690.
- NESYB – North East Side Youth Basketball NESYB utilizes WPCRC for home games and practices. Girls have started. We are doing skill camps, then the girls will be selected for team after the camps. Contact info for girls: Tyrone Cratic @ 575-7346. NESYB is still taking registration for girls. Boys registration will start Oct.7th & 14th at Goodman Community Center 11:00am-12:00pm. Skill Camps Oct. 22, 24, 29, 30. Site TBA. This program is open to all girls and boys 4th-8th grade living in the Madison East District. Contact Info for boys, Vern Hill @ 669-7412. Volunteers are needed. Contact Terry at 575-8702. No Scholarships are offered. fundraising is offered.
- MSCR Youth Programs at Warner Park Recreation Community Center
- Financial assistance available. Call 245-3667 for more information.
- Middle School Socials Middle School Socials held one Friday a month at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center for students currently in middle school. Activities include dance contests, basketball tournaments, open gym, game room, D.J. dance and pizza. Students are required to pre-purchase tickets for socials. Tickets are sold at the north and east side middle schools prior to each social.
- Dates: 9/21, 10/19, 11/9, 12/14, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19
- Time & Cost: 7–9:30 pm. $5 without Warner Park ID. Free with Warner Park ID.
- Parent/Child Art – I MADE THAT!
- An art class just for the little one! Make projects such as paintings, collages, puppets, hats, animals, jewelry and musical instruments. Open to children ages 2-5. Parent must attend and participate with child. Fee $28 per session.
- Fall 2012 Sessions: Tuesdays, 9/11-10/2; Tuesdays, 10/16-11/6; Tuesdays, 11/20-12/11
- Parent/Child Playtime
- Parents & kids 5 and under enjoy indoor riding toys and a variety of dramatic play toys. Fee $5/family per day.
- Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9/10-12/21, 9:30 am–12 pm.
- Playroom Drop-In Childcare
- MSCR provides drop-in child care for parents/guardians of children 1-10 years old participating in programs or utilizing Warner Park Community Recreation Center facilities. Fee $3/hour per child.
- Drop-In hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9/10-12/20, 5-8 pm; Thursdays, 9/13-12/20 5-8 p.m.
MSCR Youth Programs in North/East Side Schools
Financial assistance available.
Safe Haven Elementary After School Childcare
As a part of the Madison Metropolitan School District, MSCR’s Safe Haven program has provided quality childcare since 1992. Safe Haven was established with the belief that all children need a safe and enriching place to spend their after school hours, while their parents are at work or school. During the school-year, school-based Safe Haven programs are open to all children attending the school in which the program is held. MSCR offers Safe Haven programs at the following north side elementary schools:
- Emerson Elementary 204-2023
- Lake View Elementary 204-4055
- Lindbergh Elementary 204-6541
- Mendota Elementary 204-7858
At Safe Haven we:
- Provide youth with activities and skills that enhance physical and cognitive capabilities and build self esteem
- Teach youth alternative ways to solve conflict
- Build teamwork and cooperation skills
- Creative art and enrichment projects
- Homework/academic help
- Special events and field trips
- Active play
- Free choice time
- Opportunities to make new friends
Registration materials are available at your school’s office, from your program site director, or call 204-6561 to have one mailed. Registrations must be completed in full to be eligible for the Safe Haven programs.
Community Learning Centers
MSCR provides Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in three north side MMSD elementary schools. Community Learning Centers provide after school academic support and enrichment activities for K-5th grade students and families who live in the school attendance area for the CLC site. CLC registration is open to all students who meet the grant criteria for academic support, including those attending private and parochial schools and those who are home schooled.
- Lake View Elementary 204-4055
- Lindbergh Elementary 204-6541
- Mendota Elementary 204-7858
MSCR Middle School Directors
Each middle school has Middle School Activity Director to coordinate after school activities for students. Check the MSCR booth at middle school registration in August for a complete listing or check with the following individual at your school to learn more about club and sport opportunities.
- Black Hawk Maria Riordan 204-4438
- O’Keeffe Abbye Dinkins 204-6863
- Sherman Betsy Peterson 204-2132
Youth Resource Centers
The Madison Metropolitan School District and MSCR have received grants from Dane County Human Services, Department of Public Instruction and the United Way of Dane County in order to establish Youth Resource Centers at nine MMSD Middle Schools. A variety of after school, evening and weekend recreation activities, educational opportunities and service opportunities are offered for students and families. For more information, please contact the Middle School Activity Director at your child’s school.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
Middle School Clubs
A variety of special interest clubs are available at all MMSD middle schools. Please contact the MSCR Activity Director at your school. Clubs may include horseback riding, drama, music, bowling, chess, dance, skiing, and more. Clubs are based on student interest at each school. Fees may be charged for some clubs.
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS
Middle School Sports
There are selected after school team sports are available at all MMSD middle schools. Please contact the MSCR Activity Director at your school. Sports offered in the past have included volleyball, flag football, basketball, wrestling, tennis, soccer and softball. Competition is with other MMSD middle schools.
MSCR HIGH SCHOOL REC SPECIALIST
Middle School & Enrichment Centers: Each high school has a REC Specialist. The REC Specialist has specific days that they spend at each school. Listed below are the sites, the REC Specialist and the direct number for their office.
- East High School – Tauri Robinson, 204-1752, Room 129 D
- Shabazz High School – Tauri Robinson, 204-2425, Room 31
REC – Recreation & Enrichment Centers: MSCR provides a variety of after school, evening and weekend recreation activities, educational opportunities and service opportunities for students. For more information about after school activities contact the REC Specialist at each school.
High School Clubs & School Clubs: A variety of special interest clubs are available at all MMSD high schools. After school clubs typically run from 3:45 – 5:15 pm. Clubs typically do not run on Fridays. Please contact the REC Specialist at your school for specific clubs, times and days of the week that clubs are offered at your school. Clubs may include Latin Dance, skiing, break dancing, homework club, fitness classes and more! Clubs are based on student interest at each school. Other clubs may be formed based on student input, interest and club leader availability.
High School Extramural Sports: After school extramural sports are available at all MMSD high schools to students not currently on the WIAA team for the same sport. Extramural sports practice one day per week after school and compete on Saturdays. Girls are allowed to play on both a coed & girls team. Girls and coed Volleyball are offered in the fall and Boys Basketball is held in the winter. For more information about after school sports contact REC Specialist, Tauri Robinson at 204-1752 or 204-2425.
Vera Court Neighborhood Center
Fall/Winter 2012 Program Schedule
Afterschool Elementary Childrens Program
Tuesday – Friday 2:30-5:30pm
Life As a Boy
*occasional weekend hours
Rise Middle School Tutoring Program
Monday – Friday 3:00-5:30pm
Leadership Middle School Program
Tuesdays & Fridays 5:00-7:30pm
Girl Neighborhood Power
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-7:30pm
*Wednesdays for middle school only
Spark High School Tutoring Program
Play and Learn
Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-12:30pm
Vera Court Community Computer Lab Hours
Tuesday – Friday 9:00am-2:30pm
*hours are for adult use, children and youth have access during program times
Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Please see website for up-to-date class schedule:
*please note that classes are held at multiple sites
Kennedy Heights Community Center
Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program offers a half day, year round preschool program for children ages 3 – 5. The program prepares children for success in school and daily life. The program is both state licensed and city accredited. The program includes a daily breakfast, child initiated play, outside time, and teacher planned activities that support learning. The program serves 20 – 25 children each year and 14 children each day. Kennedy Heights residents are given first priority for program spaces, when space is available the program is open to the public.
After School Program Enrolled
The After School Program provides an enriching, safe program for elementary school age children each day. The program provides opportunities for children to play, complete their homework and build positive relationships with adults and their peers. Staff and volunteers implement a number of enrichment activities throughout the program year that support academic and social skill development. Children in Kindergarten – third grade are served through the enrolled, licensed program. The program operates during the school year Monday 2 -4 and Tuesday – Friday from 3:20 – 5 PM.
After School Program Drop-In
Children in 4th and 5th grade participate in a drop-in program that meets the needs of older elementary school age children. The 4th and 5th grade program includes snack, homework help time, outdoor play, and enrichment activities that support academic and social skill development. The program includes regular access to technology. The program operates durig the school year Monday 2 -4 and Tuesday – Friday from 3:20 – 5 PM.
The Youth Program for middle and high school students is designed to help youth make positive decisions in their life. The program actively engages youth in decision-making roles and focuses on helping youth explore positive options for their future. The program serves on average 15 youth per day and 60 different youth per year. The Youth Program meet from 5 – 7:30 three evenings, per week.
The Girls Inc. Program is an education program for 9 – 15 year old girls. Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. The program meets almost daily and provides activities that focus on healthy living, academic success, community service, leadership development and recreation. The program serves 60 girls every year.
The Boys Group Program is a weekly program for middle school boys. The program focuses on conflict-resolution, violence prevention, and supporting adolescent boys in their transition into young men. Programming includes discussion groups, activities, service projects and opportunities for boys to interact with a variety of positive role models. The program serves 50 different boys each year
Middle School Summer Day Camp
The Middle School Summer Camp program provides youth going into 5th – 9th grades with an eight-week summer enrichment program. The half day program includes a variety of enrichment activities from which youth can choose. Past enrichment clubs have included swimming, library, golf, technology, outdoor, gardening, basketball, tennis, volleyball, art, international crafts, community service, youth-run business, how to manage money, fishing, cooking / nutrition and many field trips throughout the Madison area. The program includes lunch and snack. Each year 30 youth enroll in the day camp program.
Madison Empowering Responsibility in Teens (MERIT)
MERIT, is a community approach to reducing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Along with positive youth development activities MERIT utilizes two age-appropriate, best practice curricula: Making a Difference and Making Proud Choices to help teens make decisions that keep them healthy and give them long, bright futures. The program serves youth ages 11 – 16 and works both in the Kennedy Heights Community and throughout the northside. The MERIT program is in partnership with the Goodman Community Center.
Adult Resources Program
The Adult Resources Program provides educational opportunities and training that supports adults seeking employment or education. Programming includes case management, GED classes, computer training, ESL classes and other training that helps to reduce the barriers to employment.
Adult Computer Classes
Throughout the year the community center offers a variety of computer classes. Classes take place on Tuesday evenings and are designed for beginner computer users. Classes meet in eight week sessions and are offered in both English and Hmong.
The Kennedy Heights Food Pantry provides residents with food and nutrition information. The food pantry is run by resident volunteers and serves 30 – 50 families each week. The food pantry is a client choice pantry that encourages clients to choose their own foods to meet their families’ nutritional needs. The food pantry is supported by Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Action Coalition and many area food drives. The food pantry operates Monday evenings between 5 – 6 PM.
The Asian Outreach Program helps Southeast Asian residents by providing translation services Hmong-Enlish, assistance navigating the school system and help accessing center programs and other community services. The Asian Outreach program also provides a monthly educational workshop in Hmong. 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 each year.
Community Events – Spring Fling – Family Literacy Night
Each year the community center hosts a variety of community events for the neighborhood. These have included neighborhood block parties, 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.