Families getting what they need to thrive – What TNDC is Providing for the Kids
Many of TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program parents are forced to raise their children in overcrowded housing with no access to outdoor play space, live in unsafe conditions, lack access to education and other resources, and face language and immigration barriers, among others.
For these families, TASP is an invaluable resource: a safe place that helps their children do better in school; make friends; develop self-esteem; and gain a sense of hope about their futures. TASP offers a holistic, integrated curriculum which includes academic support, cultural appreciation, and recreation to support the development and growth of children in all areas of their lives.
TASP children participate in Academic Support activities, Complementary Learning activities, and Project Based Learning activities that are fun, engaging, age-specific, and tailored to multiple learning styles. We provide homework assistance, tutoring, incentives, and the School Liaison program that links families to their children’s schools.
To promote cultural appreciation, TASP provides daily activities (such as ethnic holidays or field trips to festivals and museums) as well as annual celebrations and performances to broaden participant’s understanding of and gratitude for other cultures.
TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program distinguishes itself from other non-profit out-of school programs in the following ways:
• Track Record: TNDC’s TASP, in existence for 22 years, is one of the longest-running programs in San Francisco.
• Availability: TASP is open six days a week, including Saturdays., and open late for “Teen Night” three times a week.
• Family environment: Most programs serve either teens or kids in K-8th, but TASP creates a family environment by serving children from age 7 all the way up to 18. This ensures that children can stay with one program for a long time, providing much-needed stability, and also that families can have their children of different ages in the same program.