Enrollment open for RISE after school programs

In many of the programs space is limited, and enrollment will be based on a first come, first served basis.

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Enrollment packets for RISE after school programs are now available at the RISE, Inc. office. The following  youth programs are available; SUCCESS Program, SUCCESS Mentoring Program, Girls’ Group and Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. In many of the programs space is limited, and enrollment will be based on a first come, first served basis. All of the programs are free for students to join, and snack is provided. The SUCCESS Program is a homework help and enrichment program for students in the first through eighth grade. There is space for 20 students in open enrollment. SUCCESS takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winters Community Library. Several high school students serve as mentors to the younger students. “The more mentors I get, the better,” Monique Preciado, the SUCCESS program coordinator, says. She welcomes high school students who are interested in applying to become mentors to contact the RISE, Inc. office. While attending the SUCCESS program, students have about 40 minutes of homework help, followed by enrichment activities. The mentors provide worksheets to students who do not have homework. Preciado works with the mentors, teachers and parents to ensure that students are getting support in the subjects where they need help. Attendance is mandatory for the SUCCESS program. The Girls’ Group meets weekly at the Winters RISE office. Girls from the middle school and high school are welcome to enroll. Preciado runs the meetings, where they talk about body image, healthy lifestyles and healthy relationships. Preciado says that they don’t just talk about romantic relationships, they also focus on friendships and family connections. Sometimes they just talk about how the girls’ days went, so that they can talk about what is happening in the girls’ lives. “It’s like a safe little space for them to hang out,” Preciado says. This past summer, Preciado took the Girls’ Group on two outings. Preciado wanted them to see San Francisco, because many of them had never been before. They went to the Conservancy of Flowers and Pacifica Beach. For the second outing the girls asked if they could go shopping together in Vacaville, so Preciado took them. There is no limit to the number of girls that can apply to this program, and there is no attendance requirement. Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow is a weekly after school program that takes place at the Villas at del Rio Yolo Housing community room. It is held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Students from the Kindergarten to the 12th grade are invited to enroll. Students in this program receive homework help and participate in enrichment games. Attendance is not mandatory for this program. “They really enjoy these programs,” Preciado says of the students she has seen over the past few years. One young boy even asked her if she could increase the SUCCESS meetings from two times a week to three times a week. For more information about these programs, please contact Monique Preciado at 530-794-6000 or stop by the RISE office at 200 Baker St., located at the corner of Third St. and Baker St.  ]]>

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