Being a successful student depends a lot on whether or not young people have the support they need outside of the school day. Keystone’s youth programs ensure that underserved youth are supported by caring adults who want to see young people reach their potential. During after-school and summer hours, the dedicated teachers, staff and volunteers are there to help youth complete their homework and develop the reading and STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) skills necessary for school success.
Giving Students Opportunities to Build Strong Futures
Community Kids Program
A learning center for youth, grades k – 10
Community Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center and an accredited program that serves youth, grades K-10, and their families living, working or attending school in the West 7th neighborhood. The program is offered Monday-Friday on a year-round basis (after-school and summer schedules differ). At Community Kids, learning is fun, engaging and challenges participants to become curious and confident learners. In addition to academic support and tutoring, Community Kids also offers a variety of enrichment activities to help youth learn and grow.
Supporting Academics in a Variety of Ways
Our key academic supports include:
- An Extended Day Learning partnership with the St. Paul Public Schools to improve student achievement through reading and math instruction twice weekly from licensed teachers, daily homework help and library visits
- A dedicated STEM instructor to prepare Community Kids’ Lego League team for annual competition and to provide hands-on activities for all grades
- Check & Connect to help middle school and high school students maintain regular attendance, homework completion, and stay on track to graduate
- Parent conferences and educational workshops to help families stay informed and learn positive ways to advocate for their child
Learn More or Register your Child
Register your child for Keystone’s Community Kids program. Monthly program fees are determined by a sliding scale. Transportation is limited to eligible youth and families.
Meet Yafeit and Yosan, Who Both Dream of Being Engineers One Day
The students love using their math and science skills in unique and fun ways
Yosan, 11, and Yafeit, 9, love math and science so they especially like that the Keystone’s Community Kids program provides homework help and supportive tutoring with a special focus on STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
While they both love the program’s field trips to museums, bowling alleys, swimming pools and other fun places, their favorite activity at the center is FIRST® LEGO League, which meets three afternoons a week. Part of a national STEM-learning program, FIRST® LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers to solve problems.
Using Teamwork to Solve Problems
Yosan and Yafeit are on the same robotics team, which did well in last year’s competitions. The students have to complete three specific missions during the competition. Yosan, who is proud to already be doing eighth-grade-level math, appreciated how the whole team worked together.
“You have to use your teamwork a lot for LEGO League, and we scored really high on teamwork because we worked together well and made each other laugh,” Yosan said.
Teachers Help Students
Both kids credit the Community Kids’ teachers for helping them boost their skills in math and reading.
“The teachers have really helped me,” Yafeit says. “If you come here to Community Kids you’ll have good teachers, and if you feel like you don’t know anything, they’ll help you. But they don’t just tell you the answers, they help you figure things out yourself.”