CT Afterschool Network published a blog post written by our Program Manager, Mark Fopeano, and our AmeriCorps VISTA, Victoria Bosman. ”What College Campuses Can Do for After-School Programs” features the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring ProgramTM as an example highlighting how strong partnerships can create a fantastic after school learning experience. The program, run in three locations throughout Connecticut and funded by the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund, pairs college sophomores with sixth graders in local schools.
“Our 8th grade students in the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (J-Z AMP) just wrapped up their last year with their Yale student mentors that they’ve been with for three years! Twelve years and four cohorts later, we’ve successfully navigated our way through the inevitable growing pains of implementing an afterschool program and have forged strong partnerships with our schools and funder. Sometimes there was chaos behind the scenes, but the lessons we have learned along the road have paid off and allowed our mentors and mentees to have positive experiences and grow. As the “university” in the J-Z AMP partnership, we want to share what value we think university partnerships can provide for other afterschool programs (aka why we are important too!).”