Our youngest residents find enrichment and support

Boy smiling, eating dinner with familyImagine Housing’s resident support specialists team up with community volunteers at eight of our communities to support our youngest residents’ academic success and their social and emotional development. We are committed to helping children succeed in school so they can succeed in life and break the cycle of poverty in their families.

In 2012, over 150 children participated in more than 600 hours of homework assistance, educational programs, arts and crafts activities, and summer camps. Of children and youth who regularly attended those programs, half showed measurable improvements in their homework and study skills. In addition, three quarters improved their conflict management and interpersonal skills and more than 80 percent showed increased leadership skills and self-confidence.

Academic and enrichment activities take place up to three times a week for one hour, offering one-to-one tutoring and mentoring with homework assignments, reading and learning activities. This academic study is followed by an hour of KidsOnly programming – games and activities that promote creativity, problem solving, teamwork and effective communication and help children develop behavioral and social skills. KidsOnly provides a safe, supportive and supervised environment where children are challenged and engaged.

Two-week long summer camps offer children and youth day-time supervision and themed activities that explore different topics in-depth and interactively. Camps offer kids positive adult mentorship and leadership opportunities to help increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.

“It’s giving our children the chance to be something that we probably weren’t able to become, and giving them the tools that they need to be successful in life.” Imagine Housing Resident

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