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WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







WASC Final Approval Granted to Sofia Universitys MS in Computer Science Programs


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.

The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.

Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.

In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.

Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.







The YMCAs Afterschool Programs Support Working Families by Keeping Kids Safe and Learning Outside of the Classroom


Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

For working parents who do not have access to quality afterschool care for their children, the hours that stretch between the ringing of the day’s last school bell, and the time they return home from work, can be a source of anxiety. Research reveals that during these unsupervised weekday afternoons, children are at risk to engage in or become victims of crime, experiment with drugs and alcohol or participate in activities that could derail their academic success and life potential.

On Thursday, October 23 the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will host Lights On Afterschool events at select branches to celebrate student achievement and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs. In an open house setting, the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events will welcome and encourage parents to engage with program directors, learn about student projects and tour the facilities.

Lights On Afterschool is an annual, nationwide campaign sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Launched in October 2000, it is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs, in recognition of its importance in the lives of children, families and communities.

According to the United States Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative, in the state of North Carolina there are 472,169 students, spanning grades K through 12, that are unsupervised and at risk outside of school. Conversely, research shows that students who regularly participate in quality afterschool programs demonstrate significant improvements in classroom behavior and enhance their academic performance.

As a leading nonprofit serving the community for 140 years, the Y is dedicated to healthy youth development. With 12 program sites across its 19 branch locations, including a new site serving Lincoln County launched last fall, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte provides one of the most comprehensive afterschool networks in the region, offering academic, sports and art programs. “The Y’s afterschool programs provide children with supervised activities that encourage learning and social interaction in a safe environment, setting them on a path of academic success and lifelong learning,” says Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “The Y is proud to serve working families by providing fun, safe and enriching environments where children and teens can reach their greatest potential.”

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte will add a new curriculum called “AfterSchool KidzLit” to its regular afterschool program at four YMCA locations including the McCrorey, Stratford Richardson, Simmons and Johnston YMCAs. AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Along with its many other youth development initiatives, including Y Readers, a nationally renowned literacy program, and Y Achievers, a college and career readiness program, the Y’s afterschool program helps youths develop lifelong skills, promotes academic success and builds self-reliance.

To learn more about the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events or to inquire about their afterschool program, please contact Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs, at (704) 716-6280.

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About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacharlotte.org.







The YMCAs Afterschool Programs Support Working Families by Keeping Kids Safe and Learning Outside of the Classroom


Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

For working parents who do not have access to quality afterschool care for their children, the hours that stretch between the ringing of the day’s last school bell, and the time they return home from work, can be a source of anxiety. Research reveals that during these unsupervised weekday afternoons, children are at risk to engage in or become victims of crime, experiment with drugs and alcohol or participate in activities that could derail their academic success and life potential.

On Thursday, October 23 the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will host Lights On Afterschool events at select branches to celebrate student achievement and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs. In an open house setting, the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events will welcome and encourage parents to engage with program directors, learn about student projects and tour the facilities.

Lights On Afterschool is an annual, nationwide campaign sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Launched in October 2000, it is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs, in recognition of its importance in the lives of children, families and communities.

According to the United States Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative, in the state of North Carolina there are 472,169 students, spanning grades K through 12, that are unsupervised and at risk outside of school. Conversely, research shows that students who regularly participate in quality afterschool programs demonstrate significant improvements in classroom behavior and enhance their academic performance.

As a leading nonprofit serving the community for 140 years, the Y is dedicated to healthy youth development. With 12 program sites across its 19 branch locations, including a new site serving Lincoln County launched last fall, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte provides one of the most comprehensive afterschool networks in the region, offering academic, sports and art programs. “The Y’s afterschool programs provide children with supervised activities that encourage learning and social interaction in a safe environment, setting them on a path of academic success and lifelong learning,” says Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “The Y is proud to serve working families by providing fun, safe and enriching environments where children and teens can reach their greatest potential.”

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte will add a new curriculum called “AfterSchool KidzLit” to its regular afterschool program at four YMCA locations including the McCrorey, Stratford Richardson, Simmons and Johnston YMCAs. AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Along with its many other youth development initiatives, including Y Readers, a nationally renowned literacy program, and Y Achievers, a college and career readiness program, the Y’s afterschool program helps youths develop lifelong skills, promotes academic success and builds self-reliance.

To learn more about the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events or to inquire about their afterschool program, please contact Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs, at (704) 716-6280.

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About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacharlotte.org.







The YMCAs Afterschool Programs Support Working Families by Keeping Kids Safe and Learning Outside of the Classroom


Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

For working parents who do not have access to quality afterschool care for their children, the hours that stretch between the ringing of the day’s last school bell, and the time they return home from work, can be a source of anxiety. Research reveals that during these unsupervised weekday afternoons, children are at risk to engage in or become victims of crime, experiment with drugs and alcohol or participate in activities that could derail their academic success and life potential.

On Thursday, October 23 the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will host Lights On Afterschool events at select branches to celebrate student achievement and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs. In an open house setting, the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events will welcome and encourage parents to engage with program directors, learn about student projects and tour the facilities.

Lights On Afterschool is an annual, nationwide campaign sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Launched in October 2000, it is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs, in recognition of its importance in the lives of children, families and communities.

According to the United States Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative, in the state of North Carolina there are 472,169 students, spanning grades K through 12, that are unsupervised and at risk outside of school. Conversely, research shows that students who regularly participate in quality afterschool programs demonstrate significant improvements in classroom behavior and enhance their academic performance.

As a leading nonprofit serving the community for 140 years, the Y is dedicated to healthy youth development. With 12 program sites across its 19 branch locations, including a new site serving Lincoln County launched last fall, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte provides one of the most comprehensive afterschool networks in the region, offering academic, sports and art programs. “The Y’s afterschool programs provide children with supervised activities that encourage learning and social interaction in a safe environment, setting them on a path of academic success and lifelong learning,” says Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “The Y is proud to serve working families by providing fun, safe and enriching environments where children and teens can reach their greatest potential.”

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte will add a new curriculum called “AfterSchool KidzLit” to its regular afterschool program at four YMCA locations including the McCrorey, Stratford Richardson, Simmons and Johnston YMCAs. AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Along with its many other youth development initiatives, including Y Readers, a nationally renowned literacy program, and Y Achievers, a college and career readiness program, the Y’s afterschool program helps youths develop lifelong skills, promotes academic success and builds self-reliance.

To learn more about the Y’s Lights On Afterschool events or to inquire about their afterschool program, please contact Liz Godwin, Director of Youth Programs, at (704) 716-6280.

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About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacharlotte.org.