After School Education

After School Activities

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SEEDS provides after school programming at select schools in Northwest Michigan, supported in part by Michigan Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. We provide learning opportunities and access to healthy role models, mentors, and community advisors. Programs are designed specifically to supplement the school day making learning hands-on and fun.

The Michigan Department of Education awarded 93 After School grants in the 2009-2010 program year. Seventeen went to community-based organization including SEEDS. Statewide, 46,238 students participated in after school programming. Our after school program serves an average of 220 students each and every program day.

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SEEDS After School Program Sites

SEEDS After School is available in the following schools:

  • Brethren Middle School
  • Floyd M. Jewett Elementary (Mesick)
  • Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary (Brethren)
  • Rapid City Elementary
  • Forest Area Middle School


Key Statistics About Our Programs

SEEDS After School provided thousands of contact hours of quality learning opportunities in the 2015 school year including:

  • 15,700 hours of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programming
  • 6,000 hours of Arts & Culture activities
  • 200 hours Energy and Environmental programming 
  • 103,000 hours of obesity-fighting physical activity 
  • 6,900 hours of culinary learning 
  • 1,400 hours of special events and field trips for continued learning
  • 1,000 hours of youth development programming 

Overall, compared to the state average, SEEDS After School students:

  • report more opportunities for governance/decision making (44% : 38%)
  • report more opportunities for engagement  (60% : 57%)
  • report more opportunities for interaction (53% : 50%)
  • report more peer relationships (56% : 42%)
  • are more likely to be academically at risk (78% : 69%)

Frequently Asked Questions

What About Transportation?

Each school site and each family has different needs. Access to transportation can be a limiting factor, especially in Michigan, so some sites provide incentives to use public transit and carpools. SEEDS always provides for transportation on field trips. Talk to your site's Coordinator for more information.

Will My Student Enjoy it?

Our Coordinators provide diverse programs unique to each school and surrounding community. Our programs encourage good nutrition, spending time outside, and using hands and bodies. Our after school program serves an average of 220 students each and every program day! So far this year we've:

  • Danced and done yoga
  • Played music and created sculptures
  • Learned about biology, ecology and nature skills
  • Utilized multi-media technologies like film, audio, and web development
  • Gone skiing
  • Learned to cook from scratch
  • Gotten tutoring and homework help

We are always looking for new ideas, please share yours. We also provide activities and enrichment for the whole family ranging from cultural events to job hunting skills. Please plug in!

What if my student doesn't attend a public school?

The 21st CCLC After School programs are equally available to private school students and homeschooled students in these service districts, provided that there is room in the particular site's program.

Is This Related to Youth Corps?

A special component of our after school programming is the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s New Deal, this is a team-based employment and training program that puts teens and young adults to work on labor-intensive projects. Youth Corps empowers youth through service learning.

Members of SEEDS Youth Corps are selected from SEEDS After School participants who demonstrate good attendance and discipline. In return, they are offered on-the-job training in green collar industries.

What is Green Collar?

Green collar industries bring economic value to a community while also adding value to the natural resources and the social fabric of a community. Green collar jobs are 21st Century jobs. We prepare youth for quality jobs that will be available to them in the 21st Century. They know this and so they work hard at learning.