Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons is a free afterschool and summer program in Salem where you can discover fun, new activities (such as robotics, cooking, and art) with a caring community of friends and mentors.  Expanding Horizons is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and is run in partnership with Salem Public Schools.
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Summer Programs
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After School Programs

Program Goals

  1. Discover Your Interests -  try new activities and find something you’re passionate about
  2. Connect with Others -  meet new friends, caring teachers, and people in the community
  3. Grow and Improve -  set goals you care about and start to pursue them, get support with your homework

Program Schedule

Session 1: Monday, October 4 - Thursday, December 16, 2021 Session 2: Wednesday, January 19 - Thursday, March 31, 2022 Session 3: Monday, April 11 - Thursday, June 9, 2022 Days: Mondays - Thursdays (not including half-days and holidays) Students can sign up for 2 days (Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs) or all 4 days. Time: 3:00-5:45 PM Location: Collins Middle School, Salem

Program Design

During the school year, the daily schedule is roughly as follows: 3:00-3:30 PM: Snack, games, team-building, homework assistance,, and check-ins with Expanding Horizons staff 3:30-4:45 PM: Enrichment activities such as drones, social justice, design science, art, and photography 4:45-5:45 PM: Games, team-building, and gym time

Additional Benefits

In addition to engaging programming, added benefits include:
  • Daily snacks
  • Transportation home at the end of the day
  • Friendly staff of community partners, Salem Public School and LEAP employees
  • Teen Center and College Success programming available once in high school
  • District COVID safety protocols in place

Student Eligibility

Open to students residing in Salem, with priority given to students from economically disadvantaged households, English Learners, students of color, and first-generation-to-college students.