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.
SEEDS After School Program Sites
SEEDS After School is available in the following schools:
Key Statistics About Our Programs
SEEDS After School provided thousands of contact hours of quality learning opportunities in the 2015 school year including:
Overall, compared to the state average, SEEDS After School students:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.