After School Programs Improve Academics

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Behind every changed life is someone who made it happen – YOU.

Your support helps youth reach their full potential by providing access to programs and services that will help them succeed in school and build a prosperous future for themselves.


Lyse is a 9-year-old girl whose family immigrated to Windsor, Ontario, two years ago. Prior to coming here, Lyse spent her whole life in a refugee camp in Uganda. The difficult conditions meant that her family had to focus on survival not on her education. As a result, Lyse arrived with a considerable academic delay compared to other children of her age. She had enormous difficulties in reading and writing. This led to lack of interest in her studies, as well as low self-esteem and frustration. She understandably disliked both doing her homework and going to school.

When she came to the downtown Windsor After-School Homework Club, the first month was a very difficult adjustment. She always came with an empty school bag. She left her notebooks at school or at home. In fact, she even hid her agenda to avoid doing homework assigned by her teacher.

Lyse’s Favourites:

  • Book: Snow White
  • School subject: Math
  • Teacher: The principal because she gave her a hot chocolate on her birthday

After-School Program staff first worked with Lyse to boost her confidence. They also focused on the process of building her identity and her sense of belonging. In a short period of time, she was able to make friends and she overcame the barriers to doing her homework. Today, she has become absolutely obsessed with reading. Staff are so proud of her academic performance. Her parents continue to offer praise over what she has achieved through the After-School Program.

Way to go, Lyse!

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Parents rate United Way-supported After School programs 9.6 out of 10, in terms of how important it was to improving their child or family's overall situation.

86% of parents agree that their child has become more confident with his or her peers due to their participation in a United Way-supported After School program

(Source: Sametrica Data 2017-18)


Read another story and watch a video about The Youth Agora Homework Club After School Program


Last Updated August 27, 2018





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United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
300 Giles Boulevard East, Unit A1
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4C4
t: 519-258-0000 | f: 519-258-2346
Charitable Registration #: 10816 0334 RR0001