What are Learning Zones?
The 22 Learning Zones in Northeast Ohio provide services to students grades K-8, Monday - Friday between the hours of 2:30 - 6:30 PM. The Learning Center's purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities for learning, resulting in academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth in children and their families. Learning Center staff will work with parents, teachers, and other professionals to assess the needs of each child and to tailor a learning plan that is specific to that child.
The program is holistic in design ensuring we meet the academic, spiritual, physical and emotional needs of enrolled students. Students receive tutoring from our program tutors who have a minimum of 2 years college experience, with many being licensed teachers or paraprofessionals.
The program was initiated about 25 years ago in a response to the needs of the community. Children enrolled in our scouting programs and attending church were struggling academically with school work. Parents were struggling finding affordable after-school care. The Salvation Army implemented the after-school program to assist the parent while providing affordable and much needed quality after-school care. The program has five main components - homework, recreation, tutoring, enrichment activities and a spiritual component (devotions).
Why Learning Zones Exist.
National statistics show that the majority of juvenile crime is committed between the hours of 3-6 PM. Those students enrolled in our programs no longer contribute to that national statistic. They are engaged in after-school learning which also makes for a safer community. Those enrolled in our programs also have access to all Salvation Army programming including summer camp programming, residential camping program, food pantry, utility assistance, church and bible study. Please note that you do not need to be involved in the program to gain access to these programs. All community members have access and are encouraged to attend.
The students benefit in a plethora of ways. Not only do they have help with their homework, it is checked before going home. Students are able to work on school projects at the center. They also receive tutoring in either reading and/or math after receiving an assessment upon enrollment. Our centers work with local teachers in order to provide a collaborative approach to assisting the student. The student is engaged in practical hands on learning that sometimes is not permissible in a traditional classroom.
Questions or Comments? E-Mail Christopher S. Vilevac, Divisional Director of Learning Zones at christopher.vilevac@use.SalvationArmy.org or call (216) 623-7411.