Free After School Programs

Our neighborhood has a few options for free after school activities for kids. Also the YMCA has a free membership program for all 7th graders.

4c7665549b787.image1) Hope Station in Memorial Park

“The Kids Café program provides a free, substantial snack in the afternoon to Hope Station children up to 12th grade. It operates Monday – Friday, 3pm to 5pm, during the school year. It is staffed by 1 volunteer and student during community service hours for high school. Along with preparing and serving the snacks, the volunteers also provide education about nutrition and African-American history. This program is offered in partnership with the Central PA Food Bank.”

2) Stuart Community Center

415 Franklin Street 717-243-3318
After School Open Gym
“Come blow off some steam at this FREE after school program, get
your homework done and relax at the Community Center.
Grades 1—9.”
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:45—4:45 p.m.
September 21—December 21
(No after school: 10/12, 11/11, 11/23, 11/25, and 11/30)
email – must RSVP to attend

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 11.07.00 AM


3) YWCA After School Homework Clubs

Afterschool Homework Club Programs @ Grandview & Memorial Park

The mission of After School Homework Clubs is to provide a safe and enriching environment for students in grades kindergarten through fifth to complete their homework. YWCA Carlisle operates two Afterschool Homework Clubs in Carlisle, one at Grandview Court (open first to residents of this housing complex) and the other at Memorial Park (open for area residents).  Each site meets Monday-Thursday directly after school until 5:30 p.m. and is limited to 16 students.

In addition to homework assistance, this program aims to provide additional opportunities for growth in math, reading, and writing skills.  Each day, the children are offered a healthy snack and an activity that ranges from group games and art projects to life skill lessons focused on teamwork, respect, and conflict resolution.

Homework Club is coordinated and directed by the Youth Director and staffed primarily with area college students.  This leadership provides a wonderful mentoring connection for these students and communities with individuals in higher education.  A variety of volunteers from Carlisle High School, Dickinson College, and the community help to provide further support and tutorial services.  As an incentive for regular attendance, good behavior, and homework completion, students earn holiday prizes and field trips.  Additional rewards are given to good report cards.

Students must register in advance for these programs each year. For information on enrollment or how you can help at these programs, please contact Amy Lowther, Youth Director at 243-3818.

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 3.12.48 PM4) YMCA 7th Grade Initiative

“This initiative offers free Y memberships to all 7th-grade students in the Carlisle Area and South Middleton School Districts. The goal of the program is to inspire youth to discover their passions, develop a healthy lifestyle and gain the assets needed to avoid risky behaviors and succeed in school and life. To activate the free membership, 7th-graders should bring their school ID or report card and a parent or guardian with them to the Carlisle Family YMCA. Parents should provide the required membership information and youth can begin to use the membership benefits immediately. The free membership expires May 31, 2016.”

Membership includes:

Use of the Carlisle Family YMCA indoor facilities during operating hours
Monthly calendar of teen programs including group exercise classes, Friday and Saturday night events,enrichment and sports classes, open socialization time, martial arts programs, youth and government programs and more!
Special weekly programming exclusive to 7th graders
The first 7GI meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at 3:30pm.

Ages:7th grade
Member Fee:FREE!!
Non-Member Fee:FREE!!
Location:Carlisle Family YMCA
Schedule:Registration dates: Sept. 1 – Oct. 1, 2015 Programming begins: Oct. 15, 2015 Programming ends: May 15, 2016