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Youth SEL Programs

After School Programs

After school programs can be a positive influence in students’ lives and in the overall community. These programs give students a safe place to go after school and offer extended learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

What is an Out of School Time (OST) Coordinator? One of the responsibilities for the operational success of the After-school Programs at each school, or other site, is the Out-of-School-Time (OST) Coordinator. A youth coordinator is someone who works on programs addressing the needs of the young people. With a great partnership from the school community, Principal, Teachers, Families and Students, the OST Coordinator will ensure quality implementation in the ongoing development, delivery, evaluation, and dissemination of their site-specific OST program.

What does an OST Coordinator do? An OST Coordinator works with the Director of SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and Students to develop their SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Our experience shows that if students are not given opportunities to develop SEL competencies personally, then academic success will be incredibly difficult. Recognizing that each student has unique needs, the OST coordinator identifies challenges and creates the programs that will have the greatest impact.

Schools, Partners Providers and Parents One of the greatest missions of the OST Coordinator is to promote interest and participation in program activities. They establish and maintain close liaison with students, school officials, and the parents. To make this happen, our Providers are very relevant. They are professionals who serve as mentors to all of our students in different programs such as Arts & Crafts, Leadership, How to Build a Garden, Dance Class, and others. They support our students’ success from the beginning to the end of each program, and often beyond. Of course, the parents are very important to the success of the after-school program and to their children as well. After-school programs are an extension of the school day, and parental involvement in these programs can produce huge benefits. OST Coordinators will increase the communication to parents, teachers and school officials to best meet the needs of their students.


  • “I think the After School Program is great. My daughters are able to learn about gardening and art which they love it! They love the extra program! They love to stay with their classmates! They love the extra hour after school!” Jason Guzman (Father of Gracelyn Guzman and Jazzalyn Guzman)
  • “These programs gave Alonna educational and fun activities to do after school. She loves art. We knew she would enjoy participating in the arts & crafts. She’s already learning so much about gardening, too. She can’t wait to start her garden this spring.” Alycia Chastain (Mother of Alonna Rice)
  • “The after school onsite program was a wonderful opportunity for my daughter, Daisy, to explore her creativity and learn more about both art and gardening. In her own words she, "made lots of new friends and even got to take a plant home, it's amazing!" Mr. Rui engages well with the kids and is thoughtful in his communication with families. We are so glad this program was offered at DMGLA and hope it continues as it has been an enriching experience for our daughter.” Elizabeth England (Mother of Daisy England)
  • "My daughter attends both after school programs at Douglas MacArthur (Art & Garden Club). She real enjoys both. She used to be scared of worms but since garden club she doesn’t think there that bad. The coordinator is a great instructor: the kids love his kindness." Malika Glenn (Mother of Malaysia Smith)
  • “I am very thankful that my daughter has been able to participate in the after school programs at Douglas MacArthur. She comes home with a smile on her face talking about everything she gets to do on a daily basis!” Abigail Cox (Mother of Kalli Cox)
  • “This position gives me the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the students of Cleveland, bringing them opportunities in the arts that may have been previously unavailable. Additionally, aiding in the growth and development of students allows me to see real progress in the way students interact with themselves, each other and the world.’ Aaron A.
  • “What I like most about being an OST site coordinator, is that I feel like I finally found where I belong. I love the nurturing environment that helps you when you fall down and walk with you when you have questions. You learn so much about yourself when you're working with kids and connecting with them. You learn patience, you learn about your spirit, and most importantly, you learn that days aren't going to go how you want them to, but it's about how you use them. It's about how pick up the pieces and put them back together again. You learn about life in a whole different way.” Alanna H.
  • “One of the aspects I like most about my position is the ability to work directly with the students and allow them a safe space to identify and increase their skills. Whether it be from art making or showing their dance skills, the students are able to grow and learn about themselves which is very rewarding.” Marissa L.
  • “ My main goal in Education is to help children become productive citizens. I help students develop their SEL competencies, encourage children to be creative thinkers and find ways for them to achieve this goal.” Rui S.
  • “Our students are truly enjoying the enrichment opportunities that are being offered after school at Douglas MacArthur! Students are excited to come to school and look forward to learning different skills and participating in new opportunities after school. Students are also building friendships with other students throughout the building, that they might not necessarily have the opportunity to do during the academic school day.” Victoria King, Principal, Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Definition: According to the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (, "SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions."

NewBridge`s Approach to SEL: Our approach to SEL is infused with Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Restorative Practices. We use visual arts studios as a guide for students to express their personal development and learning. Students learn many strategies and skills to be mindful of empathy, interpersonal communication, identity and diversity, emotional regulation, teamwork, accountability, social impact, etc. As they explore these topics and express their learning through our visual arts studios; photography, graphic design, drawing/painting, and ceramics.

In a nutshell, we believe SEL is all about the students' well-being. And that means creating a "safe space" for students to feel like they belong, like they are valued, like they have purpose, and like they are accepted and celebrated. When we put the students' well-being first, then students will be successful, not only academically, but in whatever future endeavors they take on in life in their families, careers, and societal contributions.

Must Have Info:

  • All virtual programming is available upon contacting, scheduling, and contracting with NewBridge. Please contact Bethany Monteiro (or BAM) for more information,
  • Once a virtual program has been confirmed, all participants of that program will need to apply online to NewBridge’s youth programming, link below.
  • Since COVID, NewBridge has conducted virtual SEL programming for Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools and middle schools, fellow community non-profits, public libraries, youth programs through public hospitals, and is open and looking for more opportunities to conduct programming with Cleveland-Area schools outside of CMSD.

Contact Bethany A. Monteiro (or BAM) by phone 330.234.8974 or email for more information and to express interest.

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