School Age Programs

Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities

Through school-community partnerships, we create afterschool opportunities for children and youth to achieve academically, socially, emotionally, vocationally, civically, and physically.

Benefits of afterschool programs

With more parents working – and working longer hours – many young people regularly spend out-of-school time without supervision. With nothing positive to do and nowhere to go, they run the risk of engaging in destructive and unsafe behaviors, or doing other things that negatively impact their development and their futures.

Afterschool activities can change a child's life for the better. Afterschool learning programs are linked to:

  • Higher grades and standardized test scores
  • Increased motivation to do well in school
  • Better school attendance
  • More self-confidence
  • Better decision-making skills
  • Better relationships with parents
  • Better social skills, including increased ability to make friends
  • Greater sense of belonging in school and the community
  • Greater desire to help others
Schooner Program Schooner Program


Keeping children ages 5-12 safe and supervised after school and during school vacations, SCHOONER provides homework help, academic enrichment, computer learning, outdoor physical activities, arts programs, community service and more.

Tying on Success (TOS) Program

For the Roosevelt Middle School boys in TOS, wearing a necktie is a rite of passage into responsible manhood and an example of the ways in which they can express their identity. Focusing on improving participants’ self-esteem, social skills, and grades, this mentoring program helps struggling, violence-prone boys become part of the solution to the concentrated violence in their lives. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Youth Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development program.

Leading Senoritas

Offered at Roosevelt Middle School, Leading Senoritas teaches young at-risk ladies skills to know and appreciate who they are, connect with and achieve in school, recognize and forge healthy relationships, and become leaders in school and community change. Exploring what it means to be a woman and options on how to show up in the world, Leading Senoritas helps all participants to reach their true potential despite any negative influences they may have had in the past. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Youth Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development program, partially funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program.

DIVAS of Data

Girls learn how to code with computer technology and about the job possibilities available to them in computer-related fields—in which there is a lack of women, but an abundance of opportunity. As students create with computers, they develop as critical thinkers, problem-solvers, communicators, and collaborators who are capable and comfortable in the 21st century world. Funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the New Bedford Education Foundation (NBEF).

BRAVE (Boys Rising Above Violence Everywhere)

Creating a safe circle for disadvantaged boy’s ages 8-14 living in a high-violence, high-poverty neighborhood, this afterschool program focuses on teaching the six core values of Becoming a Man: Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Visionary Goal Setting, and Respect for Womanhood. Funded by the Office of Community and Economic Development, City of New Bedford.

Leadership Academy After School Mentoring Program

A collaboration between NorthStar, Randolph Public Schools and Bridgewater State University - Men Integrated in Brotherhood Student (MIB) group. NorthStar provides training, ongoing support and evaluation for the MIB students that mentor the most vulnerable students enrolled in the Randolph Public Schools. This program is designed to specifically engage young college students in providing friendship, guidance, support and mentorship to low achieving African-American boys with the intention of increasing grades and promoting higher education.

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