LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Boys &Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana is adding another after school program to serve more middle school students in JCPS.
This program will be based in Frost-Stuart Middle School off Valley Station Road, the first school-based program in the area.
Tuesday afternoon there was a celebration to kick off the new program.
The Frost-Stuart Middle School Boys & Girls Club is an after school program aimed at keeping middle schoolers engaged in activities, from homework help to things like judo and ballet.
Right now there are roughly 20 students enrolled, one of those is 6th grader Alex Fox.
"I can make new friends and get better grades on my tests," Fox said.
There are four other off-site Boys and Girls Clubs in Kentuckiana, but this is the first one based inside a school. Site Director Kelley Luckett says this is a pilot program for them, but they hope to expand to other schools while partnering with JCPS.
"Our mission is to reach the kids who need us most which means that sometimes we need to go to them which is why we are starting in school clubs so that they don’t have to travel to us, it also is trying to help keep kids engaged in active programs, so that they aren't making risky behaviors out of school. Middle school is a particularly important age as they start to engage in lots of different things and if we can engage them in positive activities that is always the best," Kelley Luckett, Site Director, Boys and Girls Club Kentuckiana said.
Linda Harris, Community Liaison at Frost, says partnerships like this are crucial, especially at the middle school level.
"At the middle school age level there seems to be a greater need, there is a lot of programming going on for kids at the elementary level, kids once they reach the high school level tend to be finding their place, getting jobs, driving and just staying a little more busy and kids at the middle school level tend to be really sort of finding themselves and what their interests are," Harris said.
The Frost Stuart Boys & Girls Club Program is open to 6th through 8th graders in the community, you do not have to attend Frost or Stuart. For more information visit, http://www.bgckyana.org/