About

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INCLUSIVE out-of-school time programming

ENRICHING, meaningful activities

COLLABORATIVE strategic alliances


Mission

The Enrichment Alliance of Virginia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing ideas, people, and resources together to enrich the out-of-school school time of critically under-served children and youth.

Vision

That all children, regardless of income, location, language barriers, or special needs will be able to be included in meaningful, enriching activities during their out-of-school hours.

Rationale

Participation in out-of-school time programs has directly been related to:

  • Improved peer relations
  • Improved emotional adjustment and conflict resolution skills
  • Improved academic performance, and an increased interest in further education
  • Stronger self-image and increased self-esteem
  • Increased positive social development and reductions in risk-taking behavior
  • Better in-school behavior and fewer absences.

Activities in Brief

The Enrichment Alliance provides enriching activities for children with Special Needs, English Language Learners, Rural Children, and other children with limited access to the humanities and sciences outside of school.  We also provide trainings and other forms support to enrichment providers in order to help them become more inclusive of critically under-served children.

Monumental Collaborations Our organization partners with McGuffey Art Center sculptor Ninni Baeckstrom and area schools and youth programs on Monumental Collaborations. Through this program, under-served youth collaborate with the artist to design and create site specific sculptures that celebrate their communities. Our sculptures can be seen at William Monroe Middle School in Greene County and at Charlottesville High School.

 The Summer Inclusion Project places trained mentors in summer day camps in order to increase the accessibility of these programs to children with disabilities.  Participants are children and youth under the age of 18 enrolled in mainstream summer day camps and programs in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.  Children with disabilities are included in these camps with the support of specially trained mentors. We are currently partnering with Camping for All, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, PathFinders, LiveArts, and Woodworking with Judy Cahill.  Our 2013 project was made possible by generous grants from: The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, The Wells-Fargo Foundation, and The Elmo Foundation.

Workshops

We provide workshops in the sciences and humanities for critically under-served school-aged children and youth. Many of our workshops are offered in collaboration with VSA Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle.

Trainings

We are available to provide staff trainings on inclusion.

Contact Us

Physical Address: The Park School 107 E Market Street Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Mailing Address: PO Box 1423 Charlottesville, Va. 22902

e-mail: staff@enrichmentalliance.org                     Phone and Fax: (434) 295-1002