ACE 21st Century After-School Program Attracting Teens to Stay Involved at Wisdom

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ACE 21st Century After-School Program Attracting Teens to Stay Involved at Wisdom





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A number of club group activities led by Wisdom High School teachers and local community activists have taken shape on our campus during the first semester of the 2018-19 school year, and they have begun to attract a significant number of teens to remain involved during after-school hours here at M.L. Wisdom High School in Houston ISD.

The federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized by Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The program provides opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that provide students attending low performing schools with access to academic enrichment and other activities that are specifically designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program to help students meet the challenging state academic standards. The program provides families of participating students with active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education as well as opportunities for adult literacy.

In Texas, the 21st CCLC program is called the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education program, or Texas ACE. Texas ACE programs aim to improve student attendance, behavior, and academics, while providing safe supplemental learning space for students and families who otherwise would not have such opportunities. These grant-funded programs provide high quality supplemental enrichment activities that align with the regular academic program; and programs are encouraged to deliver those activities in creative, hands-on, and exploratory ways. TEA funds local Texas ACE programs through a competitive peer-review process.

The ACE 21st Century Program is operated at Wisdom by Sandra David. “We have gotten off to a very successful start,” said David. “So, we are looking forward to continuing the development of these programs during the Spring semester, and helping them grow.”

Here are the programs that have been started at Wisdom, and their coaches/supervisors.

Fitness – Fidel Andrade
Gaming – Bridgette Davis
Wrestling/Weightlifting – Mario Carillo
Drivers Education – Ron Thomas
Conversational English – Mr. Jabbari, Mrs. Dewald & Ms. Iraheta
Math/Algebra – Mr. Chege
Math Enrichment – Mr. Alcantar
Zumba – Jonathan Portillo
Youth Empowerment – Mr. Shaz
PAIR – Mr. Fitzwater
Embrace Your Future – Ms. Maldar
HCC Adult Literacy – Ms. Carter
Young Life – Mr. Reyes

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