The Operation PEACE Inc. Year Round Academic Enrichment program includes both our After-School Program and the Summer Academy. Our programs primarily serve families residing in the Old Fourth Ward in the Village of Bedford Pine subsidized housing community. The socioeconomic profile of these families reveal:
- Over 600 youth under the age of 18
- 96% of households are female-headed
- 99% of the households have an annual income of below $10,000
In order to respond to the needs of the community, since its inception Operation PEACE has offered its programs free-of-charge with the exception a nominal program enrollment fee. In exchange for participation in the program, parents are required to complete community service hours and be a member of their child’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
After School Program
Monday through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The OPEACE After-School Program provides safe out-of-school care that keeps children focused on academics and structured enrichment activities during peak hours when children are known to be involved in high-risk behavior. Operation PEACE provides transportation from local feeder schools (Hope-Hill Elementary, Intown Academy and Inman Middle School) to our program site each day.
Once the students arrive at the Center, they unwind before homework with a nutritious snack and supervised physical activities before settling down to begin their homework. Our staff assist with homework and are augmented with volunteers from the Atlanta University Center, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta who assist with mentoring and providing one-on-one tutoring and various skill-based activities.
Students are offered yoga on Wednesdays and “Fun Fridays” are reserved for arts and crafts, games, movies and other enrichment activities. We also provide dinner each evening before transporting the children home.
The eight week full-day summer program operates from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Summer Academy is an extension of the after-school program and is designed as a summer bridge program that incorporates academic excellence with recreational fun. The eight week full-day summer program operates from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The summer program reinforces reading, math, and science, each day participants receive an hour of instruction in each of these subjects, they are also exposed to a wide range of experiences to include arts & crafts, dance and yoga. Students are served breakfast, lunch and a snack. Transportation is provided to the program site and home each day.
Other summer program offerings include Operation PEACE’s Cultural Enrichment Tour (CET), a four day trip designed to expose inner city at-risk youth to museums, colleges, historical sites, the arts and other cultural experiences.
The criteria for participating in the CET are school attendance; model behavior and fulfillment of a five-hour community service requirement for parents. In the past, youth have traveled to Richmond, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Birmingham, AL, Memphis, TN, Myrtle Beach, SC, Albany, GA, Savannah, GA, Thomasville, GA, Jekyll Island, GA, Macon, GA, Tallahassee, FL, Jacksonville, FL, St Augustine, FL, and Charleston, SC.