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Did you hear? Project Lift is expanding!

July 13th, 2015

This fall, Franklin Community Center will extend its after-school prevention program, Project Lift, to two additional district elementary schools, Caroline Street and Dorothy Nolan. The expansion was made possible with city school district funds.

“The Project Lift expansion has been a priority of Franklin’s for years,” said Franklin Community Center Executive Director Kari Cushing in a press statement. “We are thrilled the school district feels the same way and are anxious to open up these services to additional families.”

Project Lift began back in 1984 at Geyser Road and Greenfield elementary schools. This unique, comprehensive program emphasizes positive youth development activities, raising self-esteem and developing communication, problem-solving, decision-making and refusal skills. Franklin staff uses research-based, science-backed curricula to equip children with information to make healthy decisions on their own.

Project Lift works with each student’s family on an individual basis to identify existing needs, and provide intervention and supportive service. The program helps students set goals and improve family life. 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 children’s lives, while helping kids grow into healthier and more productive community members.

In addition to the time spent at the after-school program, children and their families also have access to all Franklin Community Center’s ancillary services, including referral and advocacy, free food and clothing, school supplies, holiday assistance and summer camp scholarships.

“Working with the Franklin Community Center to expand the role of Project Lift in our school district is a win-win-win proposition,” said Superintendent Michael Piccirillo in the statement. “The school district and Franklin Community Center strengthen their long-standing relationship, but more important, we will significantly increase the number of our students and their families who will benefit from the support Project Lift provides.”

Franklin Community Center Associate Director Jaime Williams stated, “We are super-excited about the expansion and what this will bring to the additional schools.”