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Youth Programs

“High quality after-school programs are linked to positive outcomes in academic achievement, social and emotional development, prevention of risky behaviors and health and wellness.” (http://www.sedl.org/pubs/sedl-letter/v20n02/afterschool_findings.html)

Youth programs include daily homework help and tutoring; evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention education; arts instruction; digital literacy; sports sampling and acrobatics; nutrition and cooking education.

NEW! Just4Grlz, an enrichment and mentoring program for adolescent girls; Summer Youth Employment Workforce Development, a summer jobs training program for teens!

“I have lived a life that has given me a wealth of experience, both good and bad. I got my foot in the door of my goals by getting accepted into the summer youth Workforce program at WSCS, allowing me to get an income I can leverage to set up my future plans and give me the means to shape the world into something I find appealing. Just watch me.” 

Athian Athian, West Side Teen

Family Programs

“Stable, nurturing relationships with caring adults can prevent or reverse the damaging effects of toxic stress.” (http://childhealthdata.org/docs/drc/arizona-aces-efinal.pdf)

Family programs include Family Nights, workshops by community agencies, parenting support, and linkages to mental health, food security, school, housing and social service needs.

NEW! Family Night now held four times a year; many parenting and community resources now available at the center!

“This is TEAM. I used to attend WSCS as a child and now my daughter and family are in the programs. They are all welcoming, compassionate and make miracles happen. I love WSCS- they take care of business while making you feel like family. Thank you everyone at WSCS. ♡ Such an inspiration!” 

– Marisela Rodriguez – Parent

Senior Programs

 “[O]lder adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social… emotional, and mental well-being. (https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/learn/civic/senior-centers-fact-sheet-aarp.pdf)

Senior programs include arts, recreation and wellness activities and presentations; door-to-door van transportation to shopping centers and medical appointments.

NEW! West Side Seniors programs now offered at 6 sites throughout the West Side; four yoga classes offered weekly and Bridge Club now meets at the center, too!

“I like coming to the senior center and sharing my time. I learn lots of different things, meet new people and enjoy talking with them. It is relaxing and keeps my mind occupied. WSCS has many different programs and is a good place for anyone!” 

Migdalia Martinez, West Side Senior