There are 127 kids who attend the Y After-School Program at Waukee Elementary, affectionately nicknamed "Live Y'ers." Today, they are creating puppets to focus on the arts. Mexican sombreros are on tomorrow's agenda to focus on global learning and inclusion. Yesterday, they made craft stick airplanes to learn 21st century skills.
Those are just a few of the areas of the Y's After-School "upgrade" curriculum, which also includes physical activity, leadership development and service learning. Alicia King, Site Coordinator, works hard to create a comprehensive curriculum each week and communicate the outcomes of selected curriculum to parents.
Lilah, a fifth-grader at Waukee Elementary, is enjoying the program more than ever. She is a junior leader and gets to lead games and activities along with the counselors. "It has given her a role in the program and she feels needed," her mother Danielle says. "She is asking to stay late so she can help."
"All kids pick a leadership club to participate in," Alicia explains. "On Thursdays, the leadership council plans activities. I think it's really good that the kids can have fun and be in a safe environment, and at the same time grow healthier and learn new skills and gain confidence."
The Y After-School Program is offered at Waukee, Eason, and Brookview Elementary, and more than 350 kids are served daily. For more information about the Y’s dedication to youth development, contact Joelle Kleihauer.