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After-School Program is a place to reach your goals! Located in Summit Lake Community Center, we cultivate students' God-given potential by providing an encouraging environment that arms them with the tools needed for academic excellence and leadership skills. Here everyone has access to meaningful relationships and resources so they can work towards their highest aspirations - inspiring collective success!

Our Daily Routine

Come join us Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM and explore a whole world of learning and fun activities.

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 - 6:15 pm: Family Supper

Staff, students, and volunteers gather for one full hour of supper in a family setting.

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Experiential Learning 

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 7:30 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.


Our History


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.

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Click here If you are interested in joining  SWAG, please fill out the contact form below and we’ll be in touch. 



Click here to learn more about the SWAG Mentoring and Volunteering opportunities.



Click here to donate to SWAG. Any funds donated will go right back to SWAG in order to improve and expand this program

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