After-school programs for low-income students help to add some stability in their lives | The American Independent

After-school programs for low-income students help to add some stability in their lives | The American Independent.

After-school programs add some stability in lives of low-income students

By Mikhail Zinshteyn (@mzinshteyn) | 10.31.11 | 4:33 pm

Katherine Ivette Cuellar Moreno was the only one of the 13 sixth-grade girls asked to explain why they want to take part in an Alexandria, Virginia-based after-school program called SOHO who typed her response. The rest were hand-written, and one was submitted in pencil.After participating in a trial session for one day, kids had to show their enthusiasm to take part in the program for the rest of the school year. While meant to help students in need, kids need to demonstrate they want the help.SOHO stands for Space of Her Own, a joint venture between the local Court Service Unit and the non-profit Art League. The program meets once a week, and has two locations in Alexandria and one in Richmond. Depending on the location, fifth- or sixth-grade girls are paired with a mentor and an art instructor.

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