Northfield’s Kids Need Your Help.
A network of after-school and summer programs in Northfield that serve 1000+ kids, including many lower-income and at-risk youth, is seeing their grant funding sources decline as a result of the economic downturn.
These programs and organizations – like the Middle School Youth Center, Northfield’s Promise Fellows, the Northfield Union of Youth, the elementary school PLUS program and the Summer PLUS program – provide safe places, homework help and constructive activities that are proven to strengthen skills and help kids succeed.
Participants in high-quality after-school programs have better school attendance, better grades, better test scores, more positive attitudes towards school, and higher aspirations. They also are better prepared to enter the workforce and less likely to use alcohol or drugs or to be involved in violence or crime.
It’s our community. They’re our kids. Let’s make sure that when 4 p.m. rolls around, they have somewhere to go and something to do.