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Welcome to SYC

Afterschool, Before Care, and Summer Enrichment Programs of Somersworth Elementary and Middle Schools

Somersworth Youth Connection (SYC) programs are designed to provide quality programming at very affordable costs to families, through a combination of funding sources. Our mission is to extend student learning beyond the school day, and to provide students with a safe and enriching atmosphere, where their connections with peers, caring adults, themselves, and their community can grow. Our programs are led and supported by school day certified staff, local business/non-profit leaders, community leaders, industry specialists, university extension programs, interns, and volunteers.

Aspects of literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, art, wellness (physical, social & emotional), community service, and civic engagement are woven throughout our programming. Enrichment offering examples include: Robotics, Knitting, Snow Shoeing, Mad Science, Yoga, Intramural Sports, and much, much, more. 

For 15 years SYC was in large part funded by the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, administered by the NH DOE. However, after receiving the grant for 3 full (five year) cycles, our program has become self-sustaining, thanks to school and city leaders, community members, and businesses! This is a very exciting achievement, as it has been something we have worked toward for 15 years, and has been a requirement of the grant.

Facts & Figures 

  • Students Served for the 22-23 School Year
    • Before School Programs ~60 students
    • After School Programs ~120
    • (~140 unique students program wide / ~40 participating in both programs)
  • Enrichments offered
    • ~12 per school per enrichment session
    • ~24 enrichments program wide each week
    • ~144 enrichments program wide each year
  • Types of Enrichments
    • As of October 2022, the primary category of the enrichments offered so far are as follows.
    • Please note, this does not include our academic hour, which is geared highly toward supporting academics including literacy and math.
    • Please also keep in mind that although this is the breakdown of the "primary category" of the enrichments, most enrichments cover 2 or more of these areas of learning! 

      • Social emotional welleness: 16%
      • Nutrition: 8%
      • Community Service: 8%
      • Phys Activity: 29%
      • Art: 18%
      • STEM: 16%
      • Literacy: 2%
      • Life Skills: 2%
  • Snacks and Meals Served per year
    •  ~14,000 meals, and 14,000 snacks
    • Thank you Community Action Partnership of Strafford County!
  • Events and Attendees
    •  SYC collaborates with various partners to host community and family engagement events. So far, this year SYC has hosted:
      • Lights On For Learning
        • Event geared toward celebrating the benefits of out-of-school-time learning
        • 90 attendees
  • Volunteers
    •  SYC has always been supported by various types of volunteers, who help keep our program running. So far this year (Oct. 2022) SYC has already had ~200 hours of volunteer time donated. 
    • Thank you:
      • Somersworth Police Department
      • Somersworth National Honor Society
      • Somersworth High School Interact Club
      • and to several high other school students volunteering on their own accord!
  • Community Service Projects
    • SYC participates in various community service projects throughout the year. Some of these projects are one-time projects, some are part of a session long enrichment. Here is what SYC has done as of Octover 2022:
      • Supported the Senior Picnic
        •  SYC students at both the middle school and the elementary school made centerpieces and placemats for the Senior Picnic hosted for Somersworth senior citizens by various city departments and agencies. 
        • Students crafted ~40 apple/pumpkin centerpieces from wood and various materials
        • Students colored/made 150 placemats
      • Beds for Paws
        • Idlehurst students are working on crafting dog beds which will be donated to a local dog shelter.