CRafton heights after school program
In February 2018, we began an after school program in Crafton Heights that now serves over 50 refugee and immigrant youth.
The Crafton Heights After School program is a pilot project organized by the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE), Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP). The purpose of the program is to provide a safe and fun space for youth of all ages living in Crafton Heights to receive homework help, tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment.
The program is hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pittsburgh Gifted Center, which is across from an apartment complex that houses 50+ refugee youth who have had interrupted or no formal education prior to entering the U.S. public education system.
The program will be implemented in 3 phases, beginning with a pilot launch, followed by enrolling students into PRYSE Academy, and culminating in a fall launch of the program for the duration of the school year.
As a result of being enrolled in this program, ARYSE aims for students to improve their English and academic skills, complete homework with the help of adult tutors and mentors, build relationships with youth living in the Crafton Heights community, gain mentors through volunteers, and more.