This school year, Booker T. embarked on two new partnerships and solidified two existing ones. These programs enhance our youth development enrichment activities and provide much needed support services:
Girls on the Run:
Girls on the Run, is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen years old, similar to the age of our students in the Y-L.E.A.D. program. This program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing and uplifting workouts. The goals of this program are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. This program meets every Tuesday & Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
L.E.A.N. Kids (Yorkville Common Pantry):Our program with Yorkville Common Pantry will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet students’ health and nutrition needs and accommodate ethnic and cultural food preferences. The children will also take trips to organic farms and pick fresh foods. Yorkville Common Pantry will help educate our families so they can create healthy meals that meet dietary guidelines and their tight family budgets, all while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices. This program meets every Friday at 3:00 pm.
This program is for boys and girls age 7-10. Through games, crafts, excursions to museums, nature walks and camping, children build camaraderie, character and a basic understanding of the world and cultures around them. Navigators meet every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Diller-Quaile School of Music:
Since 2006, the Diller-Quaile School of Music has provided many scholarships for students who are interested in vocal/singing lessons. This year, five Booker T. students will participate in their Choral Ensemble, which meets weekly for rehearsals every Monday at 4:00 pm. At the end of every semester, our Booker T. students perform in a concert at Kaufman Center.