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JCPenney Afterschool Fund Sponsors Power Hour in Boys & Girls Club of Fort Knox

       The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is awarding Boys & Girls Club of Fort KNox a $5,000 grant to support Power Hour, an innovative afterschool tutoring program designed to teach vital homework skills to local youth. 

      Power Hour is an interactive homework assistance program offered during afterschool hours for children ages 6 to 18.  The program helps young people appreciate homework as a time to work independently and feel good about their accomplishments.  Students can also receive tutoring as necessary.  Studies have shown that quality afterschool programs result in lasting, life-changing lessons to include improved social skills and increased academic performance and attitude towards learning.

      Fort Knox School Age Services will receive an age-appropriate resource guide to help create an environment where members can complete their homework, including:

         Case studies of successful homework assistance programs

         Checklist for developing a winning homework strategy

         A full-day Power Hour training session for staff

       Power Hour includes:

         �Homework Helpers� - Adults and older students who supervise Club members� homework completion

         �The Power Loop� - Tips for establishing essential feedback from teachers and parents

         �Power Points� - Rewards presented to Club members for successful homework completion.  �Power Status� is illustrated with posters charting the progress of members

       In the continuing effort to ensure every child has access to an afterschool program, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund is giving $875,000 nationally in support of Power Hour. This is part of a $2.2 million total contribution to Boys & Girls Clubs of America this year.

      �A world of opportunity awaits every child, and Boys & Girls Clubs teach kids to realize those dreams and obtain the skills needed to succeed in life,� said Ed Solczak, executive vice president of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.  �We are proud to be affiliated with an organization that is improving so many lives in such a positive and lasting way.�

  

About the JCPenney Afterschool Fund

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports programs designed to keep kids safely and constructively engaged during out-of-school time. The Fund�s contributions allow for the creation and continuance of afterschool programs aimed at the academic, physical, and social development of children throughout the U.S.  The JCPenney Afterschool Fund also works to raise awareness of the benefits of afterschool programming, and is committed to ensuring that every child has access to the world of opportunities that awaits them after school.

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TRAINING AND PROGRAM SPECIALIST FOR SCHOOL AGE SERVICES HEADS TO

SAN DIEGO FOR VALUABLE AFTER SCHOOL TRAINING

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund sponsors full-day training for Power Hour, a much needed homework and tutoring program

Fort Knox, August 2005 - "Back-to-school" has already taken place for millions of kids around the US, and Boys & Girls Clubs are wasting no time in preparing for their members who will soon be scrambling through the door loaded down with homework and books. In anticipation of their return, 175 local Boys & Girls Club professionals, traveling from almost every state, will convene in San Diego, CA on August 3rd for an all-day effective Power Hour training sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.

In response to the call for more effective homework assistance programs, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and Boys & Girls Clubs have teamed up to offer Club members Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for children, ages 6 - 18, designed to motivate and improve members' homework skills. This year the JCPenney Afterschool Fund is contributing approximately $875,000 in Power Hour grants to 175 local Boys & Girls Clubs.  The Fort Knox School Age Services program has been notified that they have earned a $5,000.00 Power Hour Grant  from the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.

During the one-day Power Hour training, Club professionals will gain knowledge firsthand from experts in their field on educational strategies and techniques. Several issues raised and discussed will include inspiring resistant students, working with teens and parents on homework needs, and successfully partnering with schools.

"We are grateful to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund for providing us with such an incredible opportunity to be educated on a homework assistance program like Power Hour," said the Director of the School Age Services Boys & Girls Clubs of  Fort Knox. "This training will give us the skills and invaluable knowledge one needs to work effectively with our members. These kids need capable and competent adults after school to guide and help them initiate and successfully complete their homework."

Among the available research on the importance of after-school homework assistance is a recent study conducted by the U.S. Justice and Education Departments. In Working for Children: Safe and Smart After-School Programs, experts reported, "children who are left alone when school ends, have more difficulties with their class work than those who participate in after-school programs. Not only is the latter group of students more likely to succeed academically, they are also much more self-confident." Other studies have linked after-school homework assistance programs to improved behavior at school and an overall increased interest in learning.

The JCPenney AfterschoolAfter school Fund is committed to helping provide children with high-quality, affordable after-school programs to help them reach their full potential. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization contributing financial support to five of America's leading after-school providers and advocates - YMCA of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H, Junior Achievement and the AfterschoolAfter school Alliance. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund's support helps provide safe, fun and educational after-school programs and raise awareness of the need for more such programs across the country.