Our introductory programs for middle schoolers
Our 6th and 7th Grade programs help expose underserved youth to a variety of career opportunities and hands-on learning experiences in a group setting led by caring adults, who work together to actively close the learning gap that many of these young people experience. Programs meet after school four days per week, with half of the afternoon focused on academic support and the other half devoted to our Career Enrichment Courses and helping our youth develop real-world skills.
Based on years of research and our own experiences with this age group, we focus on the following areas of development for our 6th and 7th graders.
The main focus of our introductory On the Road programs is to provide a variety of Career Enrichment opportunities. Each semester, youth get to choose up to four Career Enrichment Courses that they’re interested in, which allows them to pursue new and interesting topics through hands-on learning experiences. Youth who participate in our programs for multiple years will have been able to take around 10 career enrichment experiences, each 10-weeks long, which results in a massive amount of exploration!
One of our defining values is our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, led by a network of caring adults. Our passionate Youth Leaders and Community Teachers work together to provide support and guidance during these critical years as youth acclimate to a new school environment and become more independent. Through building this relationship-centered community, we can meet youth where they are and actively close the learning gap, while providing them a safe place to go after school.
To help our youth succeed at school and beyond, we provide academic support, including tutoring opportunities and additional access to their teachers after school. We also provide opportunities for youth to learn and develop time-management and studying skills, strategies for staying organized, and important leadership skills, including teamwork, responsibility, and communication.
Learn More About On the road for 6th and 7th graders.
Our programs for early middle school are held four days a week at two local middle schools (Skyline and Thomas Harrison) in Harrisonburg City. Programs begin when the school day ends, and conclude with dismissal around 5:15 p.m. with transportation.
Typical 6th and 7th Grade Middle School Program Schedule
~3:00pm – Arrival
Check-In & Snack
Youth Leaders take attendance and connect with youth.
Each day with On the Road starts with homework, reading, and study time. Youth have the opportunity to get help from school-day teachers and program tutors so that they can receive one-on-one guidance and continue to advance in their academics.
Career Enrichment Courses
Our unique, 10-week long programs that expose youth to hands-on learning experiences taught by our Community Teachers. Through a carefully developed curriculum and the instruction of caring professionals, these courses empower our youth with a clearer understanding of their interests, skills, and future pathways. With around 30 classes offered each semester, including classes on banking, healthcare, and cooking, youth have a range of options and can choose courses that interest them.
~5:15pm – Dismissal
Interested in joining our vibrant community?
Email Kishia Taylor, Middle School Site Coordinator, at: [email protected] and she will get back to you with enrollment information shortly. We can’t wait to welcome you into our On the Road family!
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