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The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after school programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods across the country.
By the end of 4th grade, low-income students are already two years behind grade level.
By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.
Our first priority is to meet basic human needs, but we recognize the importance of programs that go beyond the basics of food, shelter, clothing and safety. In addition to meeting basic needs, The Salvation Army strives to provide programs that will help children thrive during crucial developmental years from after school programs and summer camps, to childcare and toys at Christmas.
Homework Assistance and Counseling
At The Salvation Army, we provide one-on-one teaching assistance to help kids of all ages with school work, study guidance and literacy advancement. We open our doors to anyone in need and never discriminate based on gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic level.
Through a variety of no-fee and low cost summer camping programs, we provide safe ways for kids to make friends and participate in activities they couldn't otherwise afford. We have a beautiful camp located nearby that the kids travel to and enjoy. Camp Ponderosa is located in the mountains just north of Phoenix and is a safe, kid-friendly place for kids to meet together and enjoy their youth!
Dance, Art and Music Programs
We work to provide music and arts programs that many schools can no longer afford. From choirs to instrument training, poetry to painting, drama to dance, after-school lessons and activities help introduce children to the beauties of the fine arts.
Each Wednesday evening starting at 5:00pm, we serve a nutritious dinner to the kids and then we break out into different Creative Arts groups. Beginner and Advanced Band, Bells, Youth Choir and games are all available for the kids to enjoy! For further assistance regarding this program please contact the Corps at 623-977-1084.