The missions of the After-School and Summer Programs are:
1. Help youth improve their performance in school and facilitate graduation.
2. Individualized instruction designed to a learning progress.
3. Provide a safe place for young people to gather and learn.
4. Extend the school day both after school and in the summer months.
In order to meet our goals the After-school & Summer Program offers a research-based curriculum in math and reading.
The Manchester Youth Development Center (MYDC) was founded in 1968 by a small group of concerned residents from the Manchester community. First known as the Bidwell Education, Music and Recreation Center, MYDC was formed with financial support of Pittsburgh Presbytery and Bidwell Presbyterian Church, as well as other community organizations and individuals.
MYDC developed as an outreach program of the church responding to the expressed needs of the community. From its earliest days, education -primarily reading and math- have been and remain at the core of its mission.
Later, MYDC identified a need for a Charter School in the community. The School was approved by the Pittsburgh Public Schools in the spring of 1998 and the first class was enrolled in the fall of the same year. While established as a separate organization, the Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS) and MYDC are complimentary programs that work collaboratively under one roof.
Today more than 200 children throughout the City of Pittsburgh, from Pre-K through 12th grade, attend the Training Wheels Nursery School, the After School program and Manchester Academic Charter School.
We have three main components to the After-School & Summer Programs:
- Homework Assistance - We schedule 45 minutes of mandatory homework support Monday through Thursday. Time is planned into each student's daily schedule. Typically, students are able to complete their homework in the allotted time if they remained focused and working. Of course, students are encouraged to be as independent in their work as possible but MYDC after-school staff do provide assistance and strategies when needed. Although every student is different, Staff will work to help each student get as much homework completed as possible. Additionally, the quantity and the degree of difficulty can vary by grade, class, and student.
Lastly, we provide some small group tutoring (reading & math) to help struggling learners.
- Enrichment Component - The focus of this component is to enrich the lives of our students by increasing voluntary participation in various clubs or activities. Involvement in these activities is intended to enhance the skill level and improve knowledge of content. Ultimately, the outcomes are growing self-confidence, self-discipline, and goal setting. Actually, students are able to identify unknown talents, gift, and passions.
- Alternative Activities - Through alternative activities, MYDC After-school expects to decrease the amount of unmonitored and unstructured time by strategically increasing safe, supervised youth centered activities (free of ATOD, violence, etc).