21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program

Provided by a grant through the Michigan Department of Education.

About Us

The primary goal of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to supplement the education of children in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools with academic, STEM and cultural enrichment during out-of-school time hours, so that they may attain the skills necessary to meet state core curriculum content standards. In addition, the centers must offer literacy and other educational services to the families of the participating students.

Mission Statement

To promote academic achievement by providing quality after-school activities for students in a fun, safe, educational and caring environment.

Our Goals

  • To provide quality after-school academic and enrichment activities for 30 students at 15 Detroit Public Elementary and Middle Schools.
  • To maintain a clean, safe and structured environment which promotes responsible behavior, respect for others, and positive attitudes.
  • To employ caring staff who will interact with the students.
  • To communicate with the day school teachers and parents regarding the student’s performance.

Program Description

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) After-School Program is a key component of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program’s aim is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with STEM activities designed to complement the student’s regular academic program. Community learning centers also offer families of these students’ literacy and related educational development. Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.

Program Focus

The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-School Program is to:

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention, counseling, STEM activities, art, music, recreation, technology education, and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
  3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.


  • Children’s Center
  • Youth Development Commission
  • YMCA

Program Components

Academic Enrichment

Students will improve academic performance in reading, math, science, social studies and writing skills.

  • Tutorial services
  • Homework help
  • Connection with school and individual teachers


Students will be prepared for their future personally and in the workplace.

  • Arts, music, etc.
  • Robotics & Engineering
  • Cooking with Science
  • Technology education
  • Diversity of services to meet student needs

Youth Development

The school site for non-school hour programming will be a safe, tolerant environment that promotes positive development and healthy expression.

  • Drug and violence prevention
  • Counseling
  • Character development
  • Asset development

Family Services

Families will join their children as life-long learners.

  • Family literacy
  • Related education services
  • Parental involvement in their children’s education
  • Family activities and involvement

Research shows that developing comprehensive after-school programs that are integrated into the regular school program and other family support systems within the community can yield positive outcomes for students and their families.

Criteria for Selection of 21st Century Students

Priority is given to students meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Student has low academic performance.
  • Student is in risk of failure.
  • Student is from a low income family.
  • Student has limited English.
  • Student has emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Student engages in high-risk behaviors.
  • Student is at risk of dropping out of school.

Registration and Enrollment

Space is available for 30 students to participate. Parents must complete and return the “interested In Participating Form.” Forms are available from the classroom teacher or from the Site Coordinator at your child’s school. Afterwards, an “Enrollment Packet” will be sent to the parents. Students will be officially enrolled when all required documents in the “Enrollment Packet” are completed, signed by the parent and returned to school. If the program is full, parents may have their children placed on a waiting list. Parents will be notified when/if space becomes available. There is no charge for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program.

Daily Schedule

The following schedule is a typical day for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-School Program. The schedule will vary slightly for schools that have a before and after school program. The after-school program is three hours daily, Monday-Thursday.
The program is in operation a minimum of 32 weeks, and 6 weeks during the summer.

  1. Attendance, restroom, snacks/hot supper (15 minutes)
  2. Homework help (30 minutes)
  3. Academics-reading, math, science, social studies, etc. (60 minutes)
  4. Youth development & enrichment activities (90 minutes)
  5. On Wednesdays, only youth development & enrichment activities


Name / Address Lead Administrator Telephone
A.L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning
8950 Crane Street
Marion Minnis
(313) 866-5644
Burton International Academy
2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Edwynn Bell, Jr
(313) 596-3800
Carleton Elementary School
11724 Casino Street
Patrece C. Ingram
(313) 866-8322
Cooke STEM Academy
18800 Puritan Street
Jason Drain
(313) 494-7458
Edward 'Duke' Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art at Beckham Academy
9860 Park Drive
Kimberly Pierce
(313) 852-8500
Fisher Magnet Upper Academy
15491 Maddelein Street
Michael G. Johnson
(313) 866-7233
Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School
420 W. 7 Mile Road
Murleen Coakley
(313) 866-2999
John R.King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
15850 Strathmoor Street
Jennifer Spencer
(313) 866-9600
Mann Learning Community
19625 Elmira Street
Lakeisha Simpson
(313) 866-9580
Mason Academy
19955 Fenelon Street
Adrian Johnson
(313) 866-3700
Priest Elementary-Middle School
7840 Wagner Street
Jeremaine Kyles
(313) 849-3705
Ronald Brown Academy
11530 E. Outer Drive
Deanna Hunt
(313) 886-2611
Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
10700 Santa Maria Street
Angela Kemp
(313) 340-4400
Thirkell Elementary-Middle School
7724 14th Street
Stephanie Gaines
(313) 596-0990
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
15531 Linwood Street
Krystal Bolar
(313) 494-8820

Staff /Administrative Team

Central Office

  • Vikki Coleman – 21st CCLC Program Director
  • Elizabeth Barton – Program Evaluator
  • Janet Bunton – Program Monitor
  • Walter Richardson – Program Monitor
  • Velmastine Stribling – Program Monitor

Community Partners & Lead Agencies

  • Natasha Dorsey – YMCA of Metropolitan