After School AKAdemy

In 2000, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. formed an educational partnership with schools in neighborhoods of Baltimore City (Booker T. Washington and Mount Royal middle and Midtown Academy schools). Through this partnership, the After School AKAdemy was established to serve girls in grades 6th-8th. The program hours of operation are as follows: Monday -Thursday 3:00-5:00pm. Fridays are reserved for field trips and other cultural outings. The program is located in the Arena Players Inc at 801 Mcculloh St, Baltimore, MD 21201-2198.

The program has served over 200 at-risk middle school girls, providing them with the skills necessary to navigate successfully through middle school and transition to high school. Our first group of participants (all of whom are the first in their families to attend college) are now preparing for college, several of them have received full scholarships to the following institutions of higher learning: Villa Julie, Towson University, and Frostburg. Those transitioning into high school have been accepted on scholarship to some of the city's most prestigious private schools and others are matriculating at some of the top citywide high schools.

The program is supported by parents, school staff, city agencies, community organizations, and foundations (to include: Annie Mae Roberts Foundation, Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation).


The After School AKAdemy's mission is to improve the academic and social performance of students and to provide a safe after school environment for the students to thrive.


The program receives referrals for participants who live in one of the most high-risk areas in Baltimore City (Druid Heights- juvenile arrests- 214/1000; teen pregnancy rates- 111/1000 teens; high school drop out rate of 15.79% source Vital Signs IV). In addition to the after school activities, students receive extensive case management and additional family support.

Program Components/Objectives:

Improved Academic Achievement, The program includes an educational and literacy component that provides tutoring and homework assistance in one or more of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, history social science, and science. The program staff works in tandem with school teachers, counselors and administrators to ensure cohesiveness. The AKAdemy staff has recently been trained in th GSG science curriculum. This year, we will be implementing hands-on science activities and invite science and engineering professionals to speak to our girls. As part of the component, the AKAdemy also provides computer instruction and training.

Provide Cultural and Prevention Activities, The program provides cultural enrichment and social enhancement through the following activities: theater, arts, music, dance, conflict resolution and life skills training, career preparation activities, and community service.

Mentoring, The program provides each participant with a positive professional role model. Each participant is placed with a mentor who currently has a career in that participant's field of interest (i.e.

if one girl would like to be a doctor, she is placed with a doctor). Mentors volunteer their time and are all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The mentors interact with their mentee all year.

For more information or to enroll your child, please call Gwendolyn Rooks at 410-383-2691.

Program Contact Info
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Vance White
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2643 Chesterfield Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
United States
Fax: 410-383-1241
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Organization Info
Organization Contact Info
2643 Chesterfield Ave
United States
Fax: 5122321885
Available Resources/Activities
teaching or tutoring
job shadowing
girls interested in STEM
evaluation/assessment services
computer technology support
computer access
Collaboration Interests
working with similar organizations
sharing resources
providing in-kind support
joint event planning
Needed Resources/Activities
Populations Served
single parents
low income
diversity focus