The ASPIRE after-school program, located in Norwalk's old Benjamin Franklin School building, works with local middle and high school youth to motivate and educate students through academic engagement, parent education and social and business exposure. It is a multi-faceted, longitudinal program that promotes academic success and positive youth development.
The middle school component of ASPIRE serves 50 middle-schoolers from various Norwalk middle schools on in Norwalk's old Benjamin Franklin School building, Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. throughout the school year. In addition to academic support, the program offers enrichment activities, helps promote character development, reinforces executive functioning skills, and prepares students for a successful transition into high school.
The high school component of ASPIRE serves students who have graduated from the middle school program and prepares them to graduate from high school and become college or career ready. In addition to tutoring and academic support, the high school component includes parent engagement, case management, gender-based programming, life skills, and college preparation.
The Summer Enrichment component provides structured, goal-directed programming that reduces summer learning loss. Youth involved in the program meet four days per week for six weeks throughout the summer in Norwalk's old Benjamin Franklin School building. The program offers cross-curriculum, theme-based learning that includes academics, cultural immersion, recreation and social, and emotional skill building.