News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- School is back in session for a lot of kids and that means so are the after school programs.
Tuesday was the second day back for the Boys and Girls Club and this year they've even opened a new location in south Augusta.
"My son has been coming here since kindergarten since he was 5 years old," said mom Tishon Adams.
Her son is now 12, in the 7th grade at CT Walker.
"He gets homework help, he's able to do computer work," she said.
As his school work becomes more difficult each year he trusts the Boys and Girls Club to help keep him on track.
"It gives them not only the academic support, but the role models that can encourage them," said Outcomes Coordinator Brittney Gregory.
The clubs do one hour of homework help each day focusing on reading, math, and science with certified teachers.
"As they get older it gets more difficult and that gap of the achievement does grow so if we can start now and get them on the right foot :then we can hopefully in the end result increase the graduation rate," said Gregory.
They also have net book carts allowing kids to keep up with technology.
"So they can do it here and have that access so they're not at a disadvantage if they don't have it outside the club in their homes," explained Gregory.
Online programs like Kids College tailor to each child to prepare them for testing.
"It's connected to common core but it's also connected to state of Georgia so it does connect some of the common core and the Georgia performance standards," said Gregory.
The best part for parents is that it's affordable.
"The membership is only 10 dollars for the entire after school program," said Gregory.
The clubs run until 7pm, but Adams says it offers a lot more than just homework help.
"They have finance classes here, they teach them about money, they teach them how to be a responsible teenager," she said.
They say many of these kids would go home by themselves if they didn't go to the club.
They still have openings for this year. They are accepting registrations at each club and online.
Some grades at some clubs have waiting lists but they have multiple locations throughout the area.
If you are interested in registering or becoming a mentor or volunteer you can go to bgccsra.org.