In August 2003, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Nashua and Rivier launched a community partnership to sustain a citywide system of services that provides academic, social, enrichment, and health supports for children and families of the Nashua inner-city community as well as for the purpose of encouraging leadership training for Rivier students.The 21st Century CLC Nashua School District after-school program has provided an ideal community connection with a successful track record and structure already in place.This ongoing partnership provides effective, efficient, and meaningful links with many of the University’s Plus-One Service Learning courses. The partnership also provides extensive potential for continuing to build greater educational and enrichment benefits for Nashua inner-city youth.
What is 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Nashua?
21st Century CLC began in 1999 in an effort to address high risk factors facing city youth, such as poor academic achievement, juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and an escalating high school drop out rate. 21st Century CLC programs ensure working families that their children are safe and productive after the traditional school day ends.The program also seeks to build stronger communities by involving students, parents, business leaders, and adult volunteers in the lives of young people. The 21st Century CLC program enables schools to stay open longer, providing a safe place for homework centers, drug and violence prevention counseling, enrichment in the core academic subjects and opportunities to participate in recreational activities.