afterschool program

Who Has Time to Volunteer?

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Who has time to volunteer? Well, Matt, Jerome, Cydnee, Sam and Maggie do! Have you ever wondered what a SCYM afterschool volunteer looks like? We asked a few of our new and returning afterschool volunteers about their experience. They gave some great responses! Matt Rugh: Matt is a retired middle school principal and current youth […]

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Buy a product; spark a dream

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When we look around our city, it’s easy to spot the things we don’t want for our children: Drug addiction. Teen pregnancy. Dropping out of school. Violence. Dead-end futures. We see a headline and shake our heads and say, “Somebody needs to do something.” The problem is, it’s not as easy as just telling kids […]

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Snapshots of GirlPower Afterschool

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January is GirlPower month around here! If you’re new to GirlPower, it’s an afterschool program for Springfield middle school girls that started in 2006. Girls meet once a week at sites around the city to talk, laugh, learn, exercise, and build healthy habits together. But GirlPower is more than just a program! We hope these […]

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Meet a Manpower guy!

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Name: Anthony Something I like about Manpower: Playing sports Something I’ve learned about being a man: You’re not just born with the traits that a man should have, you have to work on them. Name: Jordan Something I learn at Manpower: How to be a man Something that you need to do to be a […]

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Find the gold in Springfield kids this fall

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If you’re like me, watching the Summer Olympics gives you all the feels: Athletes who’ve trained all their lives for this moment, parents and friends who’ve been by their side cheering them on, moments of glory and heartbreak, an athlete standing on the podium listening to their national anthem. We love it not just for […]

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Hope to Change Springfield’s Headlines

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Another week, another tragic headline – at least, that’s how it feels sometimes. We read Springfield’s tragic headlines – murders, assaults, arrests – and we feel sad, angry, afraid, maybe even numb. And maybe we start to believe there’s nothing we can do to change our headlines. But that’s not true! There is something we […]