A Message From Our Organization
In these extremely challenging times, we would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with your and your families. At Students With A Goal, the health and safety of our colleagues, students, partners, and communities in which we serve is our top priority.
As the city of Akron implements measures to contain this public health crisis, we have been taking strict precautions to protect our colleagues, students, and their families, while securing effective and efficient programming for our youth. We will remain fully operational, offering all the programs we have traditionally offered in the past. We have extensive contingency plans in place to ensure SWAG will continue.
We are following the advice of the city of Akron government officials and Summit County Public Health, and proactively implementing a range of precautionary measures, from stringent sanitation and cleaning protocols to workplace distancing.
We are extremely proud of and grateful to our staff who come to work every day to ensure organizational continuity. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves and thank you for your continued trust in our program.
Students With A Goal
Students With a Goal (SWAG) began with a remarkable group of 12 teenage leaders who frequently came by the Miller Avenue United Church of Christ (UCC) to get something to eat after school. Among the things they talked about was their desire for an after school program. Following their lead, the pastor of the church brought together a number of non-profit organizations in the Summit Lake neighborhood. Together, they created the framework for the program, collected seed money, and launched a pilot program in January 2013, originally called “Youth Alive,” which met at OPEN M. As the program grew, space was obtained at the Summit Lake Community Center and the newly formed Reach Opportunity Center. Students who were active in the program chose a new name, “Students With A Goal” (SWAG), to best describe the program.
Dedicated leaders of organizations in the Summit Lake neighborhood along with suburban churches formed the SWAG Board, with the United Way of Summit County serving as the fiscal agent. The Board developed by-laws, articles of incorporation, received official status as a 501 (c) 3 in 2017, and actively seeks funds necessary to sustain the program.
Daily SWAG Schedule
SWAG convenes Monday - Thursday from 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM, during the academic school year.
3:30 - 4:30 pm : Snack & Recreation
Students unwind from school and play basketball, kickball, and other group centered activities. Students are also offered a snack during this time.
4:30 - 5:30 pm: Academic Hour
Students bring homework and work with SWAG academic tutors. Together they develop and track short-range academic, behavioral and leadership goals.
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Family Supper
Staff, students, and volunteers gather for one full hour of supper in a family setting.
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Leadership
Students engage in group programming learning, along with community leaders and mentors, to shape their own world through growing in the arts, vocational awareness and relationship building. Students are safely transported home at 7:00 pm.
Once a month, on Thursdays, SWAG students experience one of two incentive trips: “Kick Backs” can be trips to the YMCA or to a suburban partner church. “Reward Trips” are earned by each student and can be anything from ice skating, to movies, to Laser Quest.
While school is not in session, it is important that our students work to retain the knowledge they received over the course of the year. During the Summer, our students are able to participate in SWAG's Summer Enrichment Program. This program is held Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Activities include: academic activities, recreation, art & crafts, educational field trip, cultural field trips, social-emotional learning, and Digital SLR Photography. This years Summer Program is for students ages 10-14.
Summer SWAG is located in Lock 3 in Downtown Akron. Transportation from camp and a meal are provided for all participants. If you would like your student to participate in Summer SWAG, please contact our Program Director at email@example.com.
Why support Students with a Goal (SWAG)?
Helps to provide academic support to students ages 12-18.
Provides a safe place for students to gather for recreational and enrichment activities four evenings per week during the school year and also over summer months.
Provides students with an opportunity for a “family” dinner each evening. Many of these kids do not get this experience at home.
Allows students to receive incentives for achievement of academic, behavioral and leadership goals.
Provides transportation for students to and from the program
Allows the opportunity for mentoring, vocational awareness and leadership goals
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