Neighborhood Development Area Programs

Neighborhood Development Area After School Programs

Neighborhood Development Area After School Programs provide Middle and High School students the services and support they need to do better in school, enter college or an advanced training program, learn leadership skills and develop conflict resolution/mediation skills.

All programs offer homework help and tutoring. Partnerships with schools, participant involvement in program planning and implementation, and activities to foster parent involvement are essential program components. Many programs also offer sports, arts, and cultural activities.

Middle-School Youth: Educational Support and Leadership for Grades 6 - 8
The program focuses on academic achievement and aims to strengthen the educational skills, motivation, and engagement that will enable youth to graduate from high school. Programs incorporate leadership and life skills development activities and may include one or more of the following:

  • Instruction embedded in the visual and expressive arts
  • Opportunities for self-directed learning
  • Collaborative and group work
  • Project-based learning
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Community service projects


High-School-Aged Youth: Educational Support and Employment Grades 9 - 12
The program promotes communication, public speaking, community outreach, and conflict mediation skills. The curriculum aims to build educational skills, encourage school attendance or enrollment and retention in an educational or occupational training program, and assist students to attain high school or GED diplomas that will permit them to enter college, advanced training, or careers. Programs encourage participants to connect education with careers and provide activities such as assistance with college and financial aid applications, college tours, and college speakers. 

Educational services build upon school-day learning and may include one or more of the following:

  • Instruction embedded in the visual and expressive arts
  • Opportunities for self-directed learning
  • Collaborative and group work
  • Project-based learning
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Reading clubs
  • Job-readiness training
  • Leadership skills building

Programs also provide non-cash rewards such as group outings and trips, gift vouchers, and tickets to sports and entertainment events. Stipends may include paid internships and payments for travel and other necessary program expenses.