Challenge Discovery has been working with youth populations for more than 30 years in the Richmond metro area. Until recently, our programs almost exclusively were conducted at one of our locations and normally included a ropes/challenge course component. Because of this, we also limited our programming to participants age 12 and older. Recently, we have started to expand our offerings and now include programs for younger ages that are conducted right at school. Challenge Discovery has introduced After School Enrichment programs for elementary age kids.
Rebecca Huber is our After School Enrichment specialist and has more than 13 years experience working in the Chesterfield Public Schools system and has spent the last 15 years raising two children of her own. Rebecca loves teaching and working with kids and has decided to help Challenge Discovery reach out and offer unique and distinguished After School Enrichment programs that are hands-on and that incorporate innovative content.
There are a number of organizations that are offering After School Enrichment programs, and after doing extensive research we have discovered a few things:
- Many After School Enrichment programs are nothing more than glorified craft classes with an interesting name attached to it.
- Unfortunately, many parents simply use After School Enrichment as a once or twice a week “baby sitting” service, so as long as the child isn’t complaining about what they are doing in class, all is okay.
- Most of the instructors are not well trained to adapt activities to the needs of the kids in the class.
Challenge Discovery’s After School Enrichment Programs are carefully designed to engage each child in a themed activity delivered by a professional instructor. Our activities are unique, comprehensive and follow a thorough curriculum that lasts between 4–6 weeks, with each class building on the theme and culminating with a final experience that will keeps the kids talking.
At Challenge Discovery, we know that our participants will talk about their experience. They will either say good things or bad things. The worst thing for us would be if they didn’t say anything at all. We learned long ago that if people are going to talk about us in a positive way, we need our programs to stand apart from anything else remotely similar or even perceived as being similar. Our goal is to stretch the imagination, provide high quality programs and exceed participants’ expectations every time we deliver a program.
We want you to ask your kids, “What did you do in class today?” because we are positive that your kids won’t reply with, “Nothing.” They will tell you about the rocket that they designed and launched!