Post Content

New report shows geographic and racial divide in Alexandria’s out-of-school programs

Kids played running games in the Alexandria City High School gymnasium prior to a watch party for Alexandria track star Noah Lyles’ 200 meter race in the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. (staff photo by James Cullum)

(Updated 1/10) Data in a new report shows a geographic and racial divide between which Alexandria students receive out-of-school services.

The Alexandria City Youth Report noted that the city’s out-of-school programs “tend to be clustered at schools and recreation centers, with fewer programs offered in the West End.”

Alexandrians in the West End, particularly along the Van Dorn corridor, said they see the gaps in programming in their communities. The report said one of the key findings is a need for further study of geographic distribution of out-of-school activities.

“The data collection efforts showed clear discrepancies in the availability of after-school services in the west end versus the east end of the City,” Mayor Justin Wilson wrote in his monthly newsletter. “It also showed wide variation in the types of services offered to youth as well as the grade levels that the programs serve.”

The report also noted that one-third of survey respondents participated in out-of-school programs. Roughly 42% of participants are white, despite white students only comprising 26.6% of the Alexandria City Public Schools’ student body.

The report said Alexandria families face multiple hurdles to accessing out-of-school services.

According to the report:

  • The need for unified transparency about program availability was flagged as a high priority across all family listening sessions.
  • Students and families from historically marginalized communities do not feel welcome – they feel stigmatized.
  • For those that cannot afford the fees and do not qualify for free/reduced programs, cost can be
    an issue.

Wilson said he and City Council member Alyia Gaskins added funding in October to allocate some of the city’s reserve funding — $340,000 — to ACT for Alexandria to develop a ‘program locator’ and a pilot program to try and enhance the quality of out-of-school programs.

“This important report brings together an assessment of the services available in our community, the gaps that exists, as well as a set of recommendations for how we move forward,” Wilson said. “I’m hopeful that we will be able to advance policy changes that will fully leverage our investments in after-school activities to improve the academic outcomes for our kids.”

Recent Stories

ALXnow will be running a series of City Council candidate interviews through the local election filing deadline on April 4. City Councilman John Taylor Chapman says that he wants small…

As Alexandria’s City Council and School Board work to reconcile their budgets, Mayor Justin Wilson scolded School Board leadership for not taking a longer view of budgets and planning. Alexandria’s…

It’s a big (green) weekend in Alexandria!  The Ballyshaners 41st Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will step off from the corner of King Street and St. Asaph Street at 12:15…

Washington D.C. resident Dykwon Perry Davis has been indicted by a multi-jurisdictional jury on two felony charges: abduction with intent to defile and attempted rape. Davis is charged with the…

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Are you looking to work on health and fitness from the comfort of your own home?

Skip the big box gym and try out our in-home personal training service. We bring the gym to you so that you can save time and avoid the hassle of going the the crowded gym.

We bring all the equipment you need for a solid workout and if you have a community gym we can use that too.

We offer programs that will help with weight loss, strength, flexibility, more energy and overall feeling better.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list