The St Georges Scholar Institute (SGSI) is a youth development agency that provides quality, out-of-school programming for social, emotional and academic learning to vulnerable youth in the California and surrounding neighborhoods. Our mission is to Embrace, Educate and Empower youth in Louisville. We offer our services Monday through Friday during the school year (36 weeks) for up to 60 youth grades 6th thru 12th and 6 weeks during the summer for 70 youth in grades K-12th grade. Recently, to provide more access, expand needed space and to operate more efficiently, we moved our organization and its program activities into The Family Life Center of St. Stephens Baptist church at 1508 W. Kentucky Street. SGSI continues to reside in the 40210 zip code, and we transport and serve the youth from the previous site. Our goal is to expand service to more youth in the California and surrounding neighborhoods. Our partnership with the Family Life Center is a collaboration of programming and space and is currently provided in-kind to our organization.
The program provides the following activities Monday through Friday
Dare to Care Kids Café Program Understanding that hungry youth find it hard to learn, we partner with Dare to Care to feed the hungry. The kitchen prepares and delivers 100 hot meals each week to our after-school youth.
AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development) To meet the creative needs of our middle and high school participants, we’ve partnered with AMPED to provide a safe space for youth to explore and expand their creativity through music, documentary film making, engineering, audio equipment set-up, video, photography, web design and marketing.
Project Ready / Leaders of Tomorrow In partnership with the Urban League, “Project Ready” offers development and college readiness programming for middle and high school youth, individual goal planning, tutoring assistance, life skills training, mentoring, cultural activities and community service opportunities. Our partnership with the National Black MBA Association “Leaders of Tomorrow” program specifically focuses on leadership empowerment programs for high-school students by developing skills such as presentation speaking, power-point production, idea research and teamwork. We provide exposure to colleges through visits and assistance in finding scholarship opportunities for our juniors and seniors.
Always Sisters This is a mentoring program for at risk middle and high school females who may have experienced or may be in environments that promote risky and unhealthy behavior. The program focuses on sisterhood, mentorship, social development, self-esteem and community initiatives. In partnership with the University of Louisville, we utilize Creating Healthy Adolescents through Meaningful Prevention Services (C.H.A.M.P.S.) curriculum to promote healthy sexual behavior.
C.E.O. Leadership Club “CEO Leadership Club” is a unique partnership with the BMA (Black Male Achievement) Initiative, introducing young men grades 6th -12th to active entrepreneurship, goal setting, grooming & leadership. 15 young men will learn to envision, build, start a small business, learn social etiquette, be introduced to social media leverage and branding, meet and be mentored by businessmen and in partnership with the University of Louisville and the C.H.A.M.P.S. program, learn about at-risk and unhealthy sexual behavior.
Reading Rockets Summer Programming Reading Rockets is an evidence-based literacy-based program that helps reduce the summer learning lapse common to children we serve by introducing literature and activities that build self-esteem and confidence in culture. Begun in 2007 as a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, this nationally recognized 6-week program employs trained college interns alongside our staff. In our Fifth year of our independent program, we have retained Freedom School best practices while adapting to our community’s specific needs.
Homework Helper/Tutoring Knowing youth struggle with learning and attention lapses, it’s believed an afterschool program may feel more accessible and supportive than school. The stakes may not feel as high. As a result, youth may be more willing to try new things and take more risks. This, in turn, can lead to higher education and higher self-esteem. The goal of our homework helper/tutoring is to provide support, build confidence, self-esteem and ensure all participating youth reach academic success.
Over the past six years, St. George’s Community Center has served over 450 students during the summer months. In fact, during our time as a Freedom School site, we were twice ranked in the top five of 153 Freedom School sites across the United States!
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Afterschool Program Hours:
Monday – Friday
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.