WHAT'S HAPPENING


Thursday, Sep 30, 2021A host of community partners gathered at the Wilson Agriculture Agency to learn more about the YMCA Middle School After School Initiative and the possibility of serving as a program provider. The YMCA MSAS Executive Director, Edwina Lucas, shared details about how the Middle After School Program could impact the lives of the youth of Wilson and specifics about the program model and timeline. The plan is to begin securing program providers to facilitate programs to be offered to the middle school students when the program opens in August 2022.
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021: Wilson Times wrote an article announcing the hiring of Edwina Lucas as the Executive Director of the YMCA Middle After School Program. Details were also shared about her focus and work on outreach to build a network of community program providers who will offer enrichment opportunities to the middle school youth of Wilson.

FIRST MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM UNDERWAY - MSAS CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY-WINTER 2021-SUMMER 2022

The exciting, new opportunity for local middle school students is underway and actively engaging these youth the second Tuesday of each month! Balfour Beatty, in joint venture with Holt Brothers, has partnered with the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson and the Wilson Family YMCA to offer this Construction Academy after school program for middle school students.

The Middle School After School (MSAS) Construction Academy program consists of an 18-month curriculum for middle school students that explores the construction industry alongside Balfour Beatty and Holt Brothers team members. Students have the opportunity to learn from industry-leading experts about careers in construction and career readiness, resume writing and interview skills, and the importance of teamwork and community engagement. Students also learn about construction operations, innovation and technology through building their own mock construction projects, flying drones, playing engineering games, participating in virtual and in-person job walks and more.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Architects Anne Lebo from Little and Tim Carr from YMCA met with Wilson Middle Schoolers to provide the opportunity to design the new full facility YMCA with a dynamic after school space. Darden and Elm City 6th-8th graders learned valuable collaboration skills from the architects as they worked in teams. This expanded learning opportunity incorporated math standards, career exploration, and social-emotional learning.

 

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Sunday, September 15, 2019: The Wilson Times wrote an article announcing the hiring of a leader for middle school enrichment initiative, Brian Randall; as well as, discussing the progress that has been made during the design process, the focus areas the programming is working to address in the community, and the importance of community partnership. 

 


A wide range of input was gathered, especially from parents. We started the design process with community partners and Elm City and Darden students, but all middle schools and elementary schools will participate in the design process in the near future.

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In partnership with the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson and The Wilson Family YMCA, an Afterschool Guide was created reporting a summary of research, best practices, and analysis of community data.

Click here for the link to the Afterschool Guide

 

 


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