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.
Summer Programs
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

School Year
    • Session 1: October 12 - December 15, 2022
    • Session 2: January 17 - March 30, 2023
    • Session 3: April 5 - June 8, 2023
Days: Mondays - Thursdays (not including half-days and holidays) Students can sign up for 2 days (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) or all 4 days.
  • Time: 3:15 - 6:00 PM
  • Location: Collins Middle School, Salem
  Summer Program
  • Dates: July 10- August 10, 2023 on Mondays - Thursdays
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 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

Student Expectations

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.