Many students are not given the proper attention to cultivate their learning experience in school. We believe education is a ladder and if a student misses a step without proper guidance they cannot move on. With XLR8 we try to bridge that gap for these students and strive to set them up for success in school with positive reinforcement. From learning keyboard skills to doing worksheets XLR8 works to equip the students with the tools to shine in the classroom.
Did you know that the students within the PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport, are only managing a 6.5% reading proficiency rate? The rate for Fairfield is 88.2% and state-wide it is 69.7%. The math proficiency is similarly poor. The Kid Power program brings volunteers into Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy (where the PT Barnum K-2nd grade students are), during the school hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and provides one-on-one time with an adult and a child for up to 60-minutes to work on reading, writing and arithmetic.
The 5 Loaves program in essence is a cooking program on Tuesday nights that prepares amazing "home-cooked" meals for about 100 young students attending our Prime Time mentoring program. The team cooks a meal each Tuesday night for the Primetime kids at the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy. Volunteers are needed to help gather supplies for the week, prepare and help cook where needed. Set up will start at approximately 4:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM on Tuesday nights. Time slots are available as late as 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Once or twice a month commitment please. If you are interested, please contact Tanja@UrbanImpactCT.org.
PrimeTime is a youth-based program focused on kids ranging from 2rd to 8th grades at Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy up the street from the PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport. The program is built on a steady curriculum of activities, sports and Bible study from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM for grades 2–5 and from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM for grades 6–8 on Tuesday nights. We also have a high school program on Monday nights from 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM. It also provides a warm meal, which the kids truly appreciate. This age range is transformative for many kids. Mentorship is strongly, strongly needed.
Each summer we run some programs that take place over the summer. These programs give students the opportunity to have fun and to learn during the summer months.
Week of Hope -- A week long Vacation Bible School Program from 11:00am-1:30pm each day. Over 100 kids come and enjoy games, crafts, lessons and small groups.
Summer Camp -- Between 20-30 kids get the opportunity to attend a sleep away camp for 1-3 weeks in August.
· June 4-August 9 / Summer XLR8, Gary Crooks Center, 5:30-7:00 PM (Mon, Wed, Thu)
· June 23 / Hike-A-Thon at Sleeping Giant in Hamden, 12:00 AM pick up GCMA, return 5:00 PM
· July 9-13 / Week of Hope at PT Barnum, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
· August 12-18 / Camp Spofford
· Primetime Programs start week of October 1 at GCMA