When the school bell rings at 3:30, students at Harambee Christian School are hitting the books, rather than hitting the streets. Urban Concern knows how pivotal the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 are in the a neighborhood characterized by higher than average poverty and teen pregnancy rates, high crime, dropout and unemployment rates, and public schools in “Academic Emergency.” During these hours, when most juvenile crimes occur, another option is needed for the students of South Linden.

For that reason, Urban Concern started the After School Program (ASP) in 1990. Since then, the ASP has grown to serve up to 80 at-risk youth over a year-round school calendar. The ASP provides an extended school day for students at Harambee Christian School.  It also serves the parents who often need a safe place for their children to be after school.

In addition to homework completion, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities, led by our passionate and dedicated volunteers.  Students engage in everything from French lessons to web design to a choir and small concert band to book clubs.

We are grateful for all who make the After School Program a reality.

Important partnerships with local organizations including The Columbus Foundation, The Siemer Family Foundation, The Harry C. Moores Foundation, and The Ingram-White Castle Foundation allow us to serve students and families in this vital way.

For more information on the After School Program, contact Deb Casher by email or by calling 614.291.0885.