Kids Alley Learning Center (KALC) is an academic support program offered after school for elementary school-aged children in the city of Camden. The program operates from 3:30-5:30pm Monday through Friday during the school year. KALC serves as a safe and loving haven with the focus on each child receiving the attention and affirmation he or she needs. All our students receive: • Homework assistance from tutors from various schools • Artistic and cultural enrichment activities • Arts and crafts • Technology & Computers • Bible Devotions • Snacks • Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Our students improve in leaps and bounds! Writing awards, poetic awards, and academic awards are seen from the students, as they proudly show their teachers and tutor friends their accomplishments. Children also earn Honor Roll and Straight As! Areas that were once developing, such as language arts and mathematics, become more solidified. We could not achieve these wonderful results without the help of volunteer tutors, nutritious snack donations, and financial donations to help support the program.
Saturday program opens at 10:45 am with breakfast for everyone. We have time to celebrate together and then we break into small groups depending upon age. An educational enrichment program dedicated to walking with the child from preschool through adulthood by providing relief in the form of life’s necessities and a safe haven; restoration through educational, emotional, mental, and spiritual enrichment; and real growth allowing them to return to their neighborhoods as a lighthouse of hope and success. Saturday mornings provide nutrition for all ages and programs for 4 years through 12 years, mentorship groups for teen girls (Girl Talk) and Teen Boys (Man Up), and life skills classes for adults. Parents gather to study the Bible, encourage one another in parenting issues, and classes on life skills are taught periodically. We dismiss at 12:45 and each child gets a lunch to take home.
Camden has been consistently ranked among the nation’s most dangerous cities in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2009, and now most recently in 2013. Camden is the poorest city in America as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in September, 2012.
An estimated 42.5 percent of Camden’s nearly 80,000 residents live below the poverty line, according to a Census Bureau review of 2011 figures. High dropout rates, low test scores, and inadequate funding characterize Camden public schools. 23,989 of Camden City’s population are age 18 and younger.
Summer Blitz is weekly summer program that provides children from Kindergarten to 6th grade with vacation bible school, educational and cultural enrichment, and field trips.
A program providing children with new back packs, school supplies, and school uniforms to begin the school year. Back to School Blitz helps provide for basic educational needs so kids can focus on learning,
A year end celebration providing children with toys and warm clothing. We work together with others to ensure each deserving family in need is adopted for Christmas, providing presents and dinner.