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Aspire! Afterschool Learning
Last updated on March 29, 2016


Aspire! Afterschool Learning mission is to promote education, youth leadership and strong families through structured enrichment programs beyond the school day. Utilizing a community-driven approach, we foster academic achievement and personal growth among our after-school students, act as a resource for youth and adults, and increase collaboration among service providers in Northern Virginia.

Aspire! Afterschool Learning (Aspire!) works with the children and families of the Columbia Heights West and Village Pike Neighborhoods at three sites, Arlington Mill Community Center, Buchanan Gardens Apartments and Virginia Gardens Apartments, and serves children from Carlin Springs, Campbell, Claremont, Barcroft and Randolph Elementary schools. Through its afterschool program, Learning ROCKS!, Aspire! provides academic support through tutorials, homework help, and other activities that challenge the children to learn and explore new subjects. Learning ROCKS!
also focuses on strengthening the interpersonal skills of the children and giving them hands-on experiences.

Learning ROCKS! Summer Camp fills the gaps between the end of school, summer school, and the new school year with three sessions of camps. The curriculum is developed to meet the needs of the children enrolled in the program. The camps provide a safe place for the children to be, as well as academically enriching activities, social interaction, and exposure to the community around them through field trips and guest speakers.

To support the Learning ROCKS! afterschool and summer programs Aspire! utilizes the talents of eleven AmeriCorps Members in its Learning Links AmeriCorps Program. Learning Links provides a critical link across three main aspects of a child's day: school, after school, and in the community. AmeriCorps members not only coordinate and support the Learning ROCKS! afterschool program, but also provide direct service support twice a week to the four schools Aspire! serves: Carlin Springs, Campbell, Claremont, and Randolph Elementary Schools.

Aspire! Afterschool Learning Parent Connection is held at Arlington Mill, Buchanan Gardens, and Virginia Gardens and provide an opportunity for adults to engage in workshops and community meetings. Our workshops fall into four main categories: Healthy Lifestyles, Positive Parenting, Education, and Community and Safety. The topics are determined by the needs and interests of the participants.

The Arlington After-school Networking Group is a coalition of organizations, agencies, and individuals who collaborate to improve the opportunities for Arlington youth during after-school hours. The goals of the group are to increase awareness in the Arlington community of the importance of after-school programs, and share curriculum ideas and best practices among service providers.

Aspire! Afterschool was founded in 1994 as Greenbrier Learning Center at the request of parents, teachers, and community members seeking after school tutoring and enrichment activities for the children of south Arlington. The Arlington Community Foundation, the Greenbrier Baptist Church, and several local corporations partnered to create GLC, a non-sectarian independent 501(c)3 organization.

Contact person: Marshane Rhoden, Volunteer Coordinator, (email)

Main office number: (703) 379-6488


 PO Box 41318
Arlington, VA 22204
This location is handicap accessible

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 Aspire! has three separate locations. This address is the mailing address. Arlington Mill: 909 S Dinwiddie Street, Arlington VA 22204 Buchanan Gardens: 926 S Buchanan St, Arlington VA 22204 Virginia Gardens: 1710 S Taylor St, Arlington VA 22204
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Ballston,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 30 min.
  Nearest Bus Stop: ART Bus 41/75, 1 minute walk
Last updated on March 29, 2016

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