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AFTER SCHOOL EXPANDED LEARNING PROGRAM

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SUMMER EXPANDED LEARNING PROGRAM

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SOCCER FOR SUCCESS

DORRIS DANN KIDS CAMPUS

Working with our communities' children began when we first opened our doors . . .

By simply reading stories to the children who accompanied their parents to our Food Pantry, we learned about their needs and the lack of resources available to meet these needs. Growing up in an impoverished community compounds the stress and challenges of overcoming barriers to well-being: gangs, drugs, blight, racism, food deserts, inequality and increased crime rates, to name just a few.

In 1989, to meet the needs of our community’s children, we established our Youth Development Programs. Enrichment opportunities were created and expanded to optimize each child’s academic experience. In 2006, generous grants and donations enabled the construction of the 18,000 square foot Kids Campus Youth Center. Named after late and beloved Executive Director, the Dorris Dann Kids Campus includes a middle school-sized gymnasium, 1,340 square foot tutoring and performing arena, computer lab, art studio and six classrooms. Kids Campus’ goal is to encourage and prepare youth to succeed by reinforcing their development in academics while also encouraging social and emotional learning through enrichment in arts, athletics, health and wellness, and community responsibility. Today, programming includes After-School Expanded Learning, Summer Expanded Learning, and Soccer for Success.

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After-School Expanded Learning Program

 

In partnership with the El Monte City School District, before and after school education and enrichment programming is offered Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Academic support, academic enrichment, physical activity and a nutritious snack is provided in a safe, constructive environment, by specialized instructors at a 20:1 instructor-to-student ratio. Tutoring and homework assistance are coupled with youth development activities that reinforce and complement the school’s academic program. Designed to enhance a child’s individual learning experience, expanded learning includes computer education, gym sports, and a variety of clubs.

For questions about our After School Expanded Learning Program, please contact info@kcycenter.org or call (626) 329-0860.

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Attending DDKC allowed me to meet so many people and make new friends. I still talk and keep in contact with most of these people to this day and they have greatly impacted my life. They helped shape me into who I am today.

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—  Hanita L. | DDKC

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Summer Expanded Learning Program

 

Summer enrichment opportunities are crucial to a child’s social, emotional, creative and physical wellbeing. Integrating educational concepts that reduce the tendency for students to forget what was learned during the school year, the Summer Expanded Learning Program encourages and motivates children in grades K-9 to keep learning through hands-on activities. Children rotate through a variety of physical, cultural and skill-building activities that include sports, cultural and artistic exposure, and art. The Summer Program is free for children of qualifying El Monte residents and meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For questions about our Youth Development Programs, please contact info@kcycenter.org or call (626)329-0860.

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Soccer for Success

 

Developed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Soccer for Success is a free after-school soccer-based program that uses sport as a tool to address children’s health disparities and juvenile delinquency. Since 2021, Our Saviour Center has partnered with U.S. Soccer Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles, fitness and mentorship to over 5,000 youth in El Monte. In partnership with the City of El Monte, the El Monte City and Mountain View City School Districts,  Soccer for Success is currently being offered to all in grades K-8 at Columbia Elementary, Durfee Elementary, Gidley Elementary, Potrero Elementary, Rio Hondo Elementary and Wright Elementary schools. Each child is provided over 100 hours of soccer education, including wellness, healthy habits, mentorship and other crucial life skills.

For questions about Soccer for Success, please contact info@kcycenter.org or call (626) 329-0860 ext. 1203.

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