GirlPower Afterschool Programs

Each week, mentors from Wittenberg University help city middle school girls at four sites build health, self-esteem, and great relationships. Girls and leaders enjoy activities like exercise, cooking, discussion, and trips to the Springfield Family YMCA. Sites: Roosevelt Middle School, Schaefer Middle School, Hayward Middle School.

See More: Snapshots of GirlPower Afterschool 2016, Helping Girls Build a Lifetime of Healthy Habits for 10 Years, Mirika’s Story, GirlPower Now at All three City Middle Schools, GirlPower, About GirlPower

Manpower Afterschool Programs

Manpower croppedEach week middle school guys and leaders from Wittenberg University get together to play basketball, read a book and talk about guy issues, and eat together. Boys have the option of homework help if needed. Sites: Roosevelt Middle School, Schaefer Middle School, Hayward Middle School.

See More: Volunteers’ Thoughts, Middle School Boys at Risk, Meet a ManPower Guy!, Hope to Change Springfield’s Headlines, Tips From Tyler

STARS Afterschool Programs

IMG_8175Two church partner sites host city elementary school kids each week, providing a safe, loving environment with positive, caring Christian adults. Children eat together, get help with homework, learn about the Bible in fun ways, and try creative activities. Sites: Westside Christian Community, Lagonda Elementary, Perrin Woods Elementary.

See More: STARS Stories, Why I Volunteer with STARS, What is STARS?, My Friendship with Collin, Celebrating 10 Years of STARSYour Presence Could Mean the World to a Springfield Kid, STARS Off  to a Great Start, Jesus Loves Us This I Know, Success Stories, STARS Kid Turned Volunteer

Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs

IMG_5611CLICK HERE TO REGISTER A CHILD FOR CAMP BOOST! A five-day, “VBS-style” reading club held at three different churches, Camp Boost targets reading skills and encourages summer learning, while sharing the gospel with preschool and elementary children. Camp Boost takes place in multiple neighborhoods with interested church partners. Sites: High Street Nazarene, Clifton Avenue Church of God, Fellowship Spring Hill.

See More: Camp Boost 2017, What Kids Need More Than SCYM, Camp Boost 2016, What If You Gave One Week?, Reflections of a Camp Boost Volunteer, Sweating for Jesus, Join the Team, Book Drive for Camp Boost, Join the Camp Boost Team this Summer, Camp Boost 2014

Wise Guys Male Responsibility Groups

In small groups that meet weekly during school lunchtimes, middle school guys meet with a leader for discussion about wise choices and relationships. Sites: Schaefer Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Hayward MIddle School.

See More: Hope to Change Springfield’s Headlines, Tips From Tyler, 2013-14 School Year Review, A Letter to this Year’s Wise Guys, Wise Guys Mentoring, Wise Guys Groups Have Started, Miami Valley Partnership for Fathers


mentoringPartnering with One2One Mentoring, adult mentors are matched with a student and meet weekly to build a supportive friendship that helps students succeed. Interested in becoming a mentor? Click here to learn how to get started.

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$tartUp Entrepreneurship Program

Biz thumbnailPartners: Hayward Middle School, Schaefer Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School
With the help of student entrepreneurs from Cedarville University, students meet weekly after school to learn how to start and run their own small businesses, sell products, handle personal finances, and earn money. In March, $tartUp students hold a marketplace open to the public to buy their products. Watch this 4-minute video to learn more about $tartUp (formerly known as Biz Ba$ics).

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