A local not-for-profit organization is starting an after-school program aimed at providing guidance and programs to area youth.
Effingham Momentum Executive Director Kevin Wiedman announced plans to open its doors on Tuesday, January 5, just as the Effingham Unit 40 School District returns from winter break. Program hours, which will follow the Effingham Unit 40 calendar, are from 3:00pm to 6:30pm Monday through Friday.
“We are excited to announce our opening date for our pilot program,” said Wiedman, adding the program is open to students in grades sixth to eighth. “We have spent the last year fundraising for this project, and the past few months remodeling our facility to accommodate the programs we plan to offer.”
The property at 800 E. Fayette Avenue in Effingham has been renovated to serve as the program center for the organization. At the center, Momentum will provide a variety of programs, including homework help, recreational and fitness activities, fine arts, wellness and community involvement.
“Our goals are aimed at providing area students with academic assistance while fostering social and life skills in a safe environment. By providing enriching, age-appropriate programming, we hope to increase students’ exposure to different interests and ideas and encourage community involvement,” said Wiedman.
The pilot program will focus on students in Grades 6 to 8 and will be open to 25 students.
“Although we have a limited number of positions to kick-off the program, we have every intention of increasing the number of students and growing the program to accommodate up to 120 students ,” said Wiedman. “As with all new programs, we recognize that we will need to make adjustments and constantly evaluate our services, so we felt it was best to start off with a small group.”
Wiedman added that although the initial program is for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, that Momentum’s mission also is to serve high school students.
“The program will start with the three grades, but our mission is to provide programing for high school students, too,” said Wiedman, adding plans will continue in the future for programing and facilities for the older students.
Parents may sign their children up to participate through a membership plan. The cost of a monthly membership is $100 per student. Scholarships also are available to students who qualify based on income.
Applications can be downloaded off the organization’s website at www.EffinghamMomentum.com or can be picked up at the Momentum office at 800 E. Faytte Avenue, Effingham.
Momentum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Effingham, IL. The organization’s mission is to enrich the lives of area youth while providing guidance and accountability, with a focus is on students in Grade 6 through Grade 12.