Project Lift, A Free, After-School Prevention Program in Saratoga Springs for Youth in Grades 1-5
Do you remember when you were a child and there was always that special person who you looked up to? You always knew they would be there with something positive to say, to help you make good decisions and maybe even point you in the right direction as you grew up.
Franklin Community Center in the city of Saratoga Springs, believes children hold the key to the future of our community, but not every child has that special person to guide them along the way. Through Project Lift, a free, after-school prevention program for youth in grades 1-5, children are provided with the role models and education needed to help set them on a more positive developmental path.
Project Lift is a unique, comprehensive program that places emphasis on positive youth development activities, raising self-esteem and the development of refusal, decision-making, problem solving, and communication skills. We use research-based, science- backed curricula to equip the children with information to make healthy decisions on their own. Project Lift is offered in the Saratoga Springs City School District at four locations: We operate at Greenfield & Caroline Street Elementary Schools on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Geyser Road & Dorothy Nolan Elementary Schools on Thursdays and Fridays. Each day consists of structured, positive programming with group activities and children are provided with a healthy snack and bus transportation home.
In addition to the time spent at the after-school program, children and their families also have access to Franklin Community Center’s ancillary services, as needed, including: referral and advocacy, free clothing and food, summer camp scholarships, school supplies, holiday assistance and more. Family events and community presenters also take place throughout the year, allowing the children to benefit from social interaction. Volunteers from local high schools and colleges also spend time with the “Lifters,” adding another unique component to the program. The combination of education, social skills, family bonding and a positive environment make Project Lift an effective way to impact a child’s life, while helping them grow into a healthier and more productive member of our community.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Project Lift can download and fill out our referral form or email Lindsay Welsh, our Family Outreach Educator. Please include the child’s name, age, grade, school, parent’s name and a phone number where they can be reached during the day.
Project Lift receives funding from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Saratoga Gaming & Raceway Foundation, The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, The Office of Children and Family Services, the Saratoga City School District (through Safe and Drug Free Schools), the Town of Greenfield and the City of Saratoga Springs. Community donations and fund-raisers supplement grant funding.