This is the best place I’ve ever been! This was enthusiastically said by a kindergartner at our Learning Center at Pisgah View. This kindergartner is just 1 of 40+ children ages K-5th grade that attend our Learning Centers and 1 of approximately 2,000 children and families that we work with each year. Our after-school programs are located both on site at Eblen Intermediate School and in the communities of Pisgah View and Woodridge Apartments. Our Learning center program provides a healthy snack, homework help and enrichment activities like soccer, dance, and yoga* to over 40 K-5th graders. It is free of charge to families living in these communities and provides holistic assistance to the families through emergency assistance and parenting classes and workshops. Parents are very involved in the program, volunteering at the centers, attending workshops, and having conferences with the site leaders. The Working Warriors is a after-school club for 5th and 6th graders at Eblen Intermediate that provides a healthy snack, homework assistance and activities, games or guest speakers that teach about the importance of social skills, body language, how to fill out resumes and applications, what to look for in a college and career and how to be responsible.
“I don’t want to play video games, I want to play in the grass.” Many of our children face dangerous living conditions, which impede their opportunities to play and explore the outdoors safely. One way we address this obstacle is by providing summer programming, which provides the children it serves with opportunities to learn and discover the richness of our natural environments. They go on field trips to local businesses, whitewater rafting, learn to swim, hike, bike and explore streams, rivers and lakes and more. To alleviate the risk of Summer Learning Loss, they write in their journals regularly and keep up on their reading skills. At the end of summer, these children can go back to school and share with their classmates what they did over the summer. And yes, they get to play in the grass.
Our after-school programs rely on the dedication and commitment of volunteers. If you have just one hour a week, and you want to be the change you want to see in the world, then you can be a tutor/mentor for one of the children. Contact Jodi Ford or call 828-620-9091.
• Fill out the ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
• Check out the VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
The Learning Center staff includes Project POWER/AmeriCorps members. In the mornings the Project POWER/Americorps members work in the elementary schools where the children attend, then the afternoons are spent at the Learning Centers. There are also Parent Coordinators who work with the families in the mornings and at the Learning Centers in the afternoons.
- It is located within the community to alleviate transportation barrier
- The program is free
- The program incorporates a Summer Camp program
- The program provides holistic help to families through parent involvement and emergency assistance.
*This program is a 2015 recipient of a Community Health and Benefit investment from Mission Health
Learning Centers Mailing Address
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
Barbara Norton–Learning Center Coordinator
Interested in volunteering with the Learning Centers?