Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Please join us at one of the year-end celebrations featuring activities that highlight the year-long student accomplishments, a proclamation presentation, and a recognition and award ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown and the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Laugh. Learn. Achieve.
“When science, English and math subjects are connected to exciting and entertaining after school programs, such as Excel Beyond the Bell, the sky is the limit,” according to an 8th grader at Argyle Middle School and Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB)participant. Through a public-private partnership of Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc., EBB is committed to creating an exemplary out-of-school time (OST) system that sets standards of excellence, advances professional development, creates and recognizes quality programming and secures sustainable funding investment. Considerable emphasis is placed on assisting students with engagement in positive youth development activities that increase academic and community successes, and build positive relationships within the school and communities.
Excel Beyond the Bell was introduced in Fall 2011 as part of the County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Positive Youth Development Initiative. EBB is currently located in five County Middle Schools: Argyle in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente and Neelsville in Germantown. County Executive Leggett has proposed that the program be extended to include summer programming and an additional school in fiscal year 2014, and is looking forward to eventually expanding it to all middle schools in the future. Here are just some of this year’s EBB highlights:
· 767 youth from these five middle schools participated in out-of-school time activities such as designing and building cars and lie detectors, drawing their favorite heroes and heroines, participating in cooking contests, performing on stage through dance and theatre, developing team spirit through sports and more.
· On February 7th, in recognition of providing quality STEM afterschool programming in Maryland, two Argyle Middle School students involved with EBB were invited to be youth ambassadors and present on Capitol Hill about the importance of after school at the “Breakfast of Champions” hosted by the Afterschool Alliance. our Excel Beyond the Bell program to be their special guest and youth ambassadors at the “Breakfast of Champions” at the Russell Senate Office Building--an annual event celebrating Afterschool Champions from across the country and highlighting the importance of afterschool program.
· Over 100 families from Clemente Middle School recently participated in the IBM sponsored Family Night for children and families to learn more about cyber bullying.
· 36,810 hot meals have been served so far this year to these and other students participating in out-of-school time programs.
Another major component of the EBB out-of-school time system is the professional development of youth workers. Research shows that the professional development of staff leads to better practice with youth, improves program quality, and increases the positive outcomes of youth. From August 2012 to April 2013, 624 youth workers participated from over 30 organizations in 29 trainings such as structure and clear limits, reframing conflict, cultural competency, and a 30-hour Advancing Youth Development (AYD) certificate program. Regular networking sessions for youth workers have been established, and a sub-committee is working with Montgomery College to initiate a youth worker credential or certificate program that will begin in Spring 2014.
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