After-School Enrichment Program
Phyllis Wheatley Center Youth Programming
Middle-school is tough, but the vibrant staff at the PWC makes it a whole lot easier.
After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) provides a safe, nurturing environment with structure and accountability for middle-school students at no cost. Middle school age children are invited to attend. Services are available from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
daily during the school year with occasional extended hours during holiday breaks and teacher in-service days.
ASEP works to encourage academic success, leadership, civic involvement, healthy decision-making, and positive family engagement. Focus areas include academics, teen pregnancy, youth and family violence, substance use, childhood obesity, and future planning. Students participate in daily academic enhancement, weekly prevention programming, and regular physical activity, and choose from a variety of educational blocks.
Many ASEP students also attend Summer Kids in Play (SKIP), extending their learning opportunities over the summer. Joining SKIP also gives them the opportunity to mentor younger students.
Students benefit from the following activities:
- Academic enhancement with tutoring and school collaboration
- Educational blocks such as arts and culture, technology/media lab, and reading room
- Evidence-based prevention classes
- Small-group and individual mentoring
- Game room, where students learn conflict mediation and stress relief
- Club W fitness instruction, sporting events, wellness workshops, cooking classes, and gardening
- Educational field trips and workshops
- Service learning opportunities
- Peer mentoring
- Nutritious snacks
ASEP has trained staff available to meet families in the community and provide support to ensure success among enrolled students. Family outreach includes parenting groups, home visits, onsite and community meetings, and family events.
ASEP is funded by the United Way of Greater Knoxville, Tennessee Department of Education Lottery for Education After School Programs, Tennessee Department of Health Minority Health Initiative, and contributions from foundations and individuals.