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Beyond the Bell

Youth Services currently operates after school playground programs at over 600 elementary, middle and high schools and serves over 42,000 children daily.  The goals of the program are to provide wholesome, supervised enrichment, fitness, and other sport activities in safe neighborhood environments.  The program emphasizes physical fitness that develops basic movement skills, strong and healthy bodies, teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperative social skills and activities that reinforce the skills learned in the regular instructional program.  The tenets and teaching model of the national CHARACTER COUNTS program is implemented to instill and reinforce the back-to-basics effort to build good character in our youth.   Additionally, the Youth Services program provides nutrition, fitness and enrichment activities that best meet the needs of the participants including targeted populations of foster youth, low income and English learners. The organized activities promote good-health and self-esteem.  Importance is placed on teaching youth to make informed decisions on healthy food options and to engage in daily moderate to vigorous physical activity. 

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