After School & Summer Youth Program, Merrill Community Center provides after school and summer programming from youth ages 7-12 that reside in the Merrill Neighborhood. The program will focus on three (3) core areas. The after-school program will provide homework assistance and tutoring in order to ensure academic success. We will also provide character education programming that will promote self-esteem, respect for peers, promote healthy choices to avoid risky behaviors and provide education to prevent bullying. The summer program will include academic enrichment, character education and recreational activities in collaboration with the Beloit YMCA and the Stateline Boys and Girls Club.
AWARE partners with organizations, organizes and mobilizes efforts to address the service needs of low-income households in Evansville. AWARE qualifies and enrolls households in programming; provides backpacks and supplemental food for low-income students to eat outside of school; organizes local resource drives (food, personal items, school supplies, coats, holiday gifts); recruits, trains and organizes volunteers to collect, pack and distribute resources to qualified households.
Community Kids Learning Centers are state licensed programs that provide child care services to area children at sites in the Janesville and Beloit area. The tuition assistance program provides assistance to area low income families with their child care cost while they maintain employment and/or attend additional career training through local schools. Community Kids meets the child care needs of low-income families who frequently do not have access to regular weekly scheduled employment and comprehensive benefits.
Fatherhood Initiative targets fathers ages 18 and older who are unemployed, have limited involvement with their children and have active child support orders. The purpose of the program is to work with fathers to obtain employment and become responsible fathers.
Fresh Start is an education and job training program that provides at-risk youth opportunities to help themselves while helping others in the community. Youth are enrolled full time. Half of their time is spent in an intensive individualized educational program to complete their high school education with the remainder of their time spent on a construction site.
Personal Responsibility Empowerment Program (PREP) is aimed at reducing the teen birthrate, reducing the number of sexually transmitted diseases, delaying initiation of sexual activity and reducing the dropout rate in minority at-risk youth.
Senior Program, Merrill Community Center provides senior citizens fun recreational activities in a safe environment. They also have the opportunity to get the necessary information that they may need as it pertains to their health, exercise, housing, etc. while socializing with their peers, and gain a sense of self-sufficiency.
Transitional Living Program is open to homeless, single, pregnant or parenting teen in the city of Beloit between the ages of 18 and 23 and who are currently active in the TPC or Fresh Start programs. Participants are eligible to receive 18 months of rent assistance and 24 months of intensive case management.