Our After-school Camp served 120 plus students K-12 in the 2021-2022 school year. This year we are supporting 110 students!
This last year the Pagosa Arts Initiative operated a successful after-school program for students K-12. The After School Camp was implemented by the Pagosa Arts Initiative in 2021. This summer, it was moved to the Pagosa Community Initiative so that it can become more community focused and continue to grow into an organization that can truly fulfill community needs. This program has provided the following to over 150 students K-12; after-school programming, job training, internship creation, community-based arts programs/projects, family art nights, and public art projects. Through this program, we also provide academic support through project-based learning and opportunities for students of all ages to build professional skills. We work with the students to build social-emotional skills, develop creative thinking skills, interact with the community in multiple ways, and create a lasting mark on the community through community projects. Because of the After School Camp, students in our community are provided with a safe space after school and during the summer that gives them a sense of belonging. Approximately 80% of the students that we serve are considered to be at risk. By providing this programming, we have been able to help a number of local families that have very few natural supports for childcare and/ or financial resources.