The Pathways Youth Program provides interactive, educational enrichment activities that emphasize art, music, and literacy in an environment of cooperative learning. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 3 - 6 pm to children over the age of 6.
The program offers no day care and adults must be available in case of an emergency. A Learning Center with a full-time resident coordinator is located within each AAMHA-owned multi-family community. The Resident Coordinators facilitate enrichment activities and encourage resident participation for all age levels through organized community events. AAMHA pays for the cost of the Learning Center and its staff through revenue generated from the real estate.
Beyond daily enrichment activities children have an opportunity to complete homework and play educational computer games that reinforce math, science, reading and creative thinking. In an effort to supplement AAMHA Pathways Youth Program we have partnered with other organizations to provide Girl Scouts, JR Achievement, Music Camp and 4H troops.
Toddler Time is a component of Pathways offered 2 days a week to parents with children less than 5 years of age. The program provides educational enrichment actvities that focus on school readiness, daily responsibilities, and an introduction to numbers, shape recognition and reading.
Summer hours are extended and additional programs and field trips are added. Summer programming differs from year to year because, unlike traditional summer camp where children are grouped with youngsters of the same age, AAMHA children work together cooperatively in groups that frequently span many ages. This experience more closely replicates the experience these children have in their home enviroment where siblings and neighborhood friends come from many age groups.
AAMHA has been instrumental in the development of a defined menu of outcome measures for Learning Centers nationally, as part of The NeighborWorks® Learning Center Consortium. This program of 21 community-based nonprofit organizations that operate active Learning Centers at their properties across the United States has made the commitment to its residents to provide programs that make a difference. Not only are outcome measures defined, they are tracked quarterly and reported to the NeighborWorks® Learning Center Consortium.