Literacy & Essential Skills

Power Hour is a program that works to meet the educational needs of youth in our afterschool program. Power Hour aims to take a proactive approach to supporting youth in academic pursuits. Staff help our members work independently as well as in groups, foster self-sufficiency and confidence and increasing the overall likelihood of academic and social success.

Activities and Outcomes

Power Hour broadened the scope of our Club’s LES programming with short term outcomes for youth such as increased confidence, the development of relevant skills, as well as ownership and agency in programming. The experiential learning youth encountered in this program will lead to mid and long-term outcomes where youth have key literacy and essential skills they need to achieve their goals and become successful adults.

Over the course of this program, participants experience great success both academically and socially. Program participants work on a broad range of literacy and essential skills development through independent and group activities. Most notably, program staff observe a significant increase in active youth engagement and participation. As a direct result of this increased engagement, participants have sought out leadership development opportunities such as signing up for cleaning and cooking tasks at the Club as well as opportunities to participate in community events such as the Frank J MacAulay park cleanup.

Program Activity Examples

The Egg Drop – A small group activity that helped youth understand the mathematical principles of force and friction while encouraging participants to work together to use using their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to design a protective casing that would help their egg survive the 10-foot drop.

School Assignments/Homework – Participants receive one-to-one support to research and complete school assignments such as Heritage Fair projects and homework.

Book Buddies – Mentorship was is incorporated in shared learning activities whereby participants engage younger Club members to develop literacy skills through our Book Buddies program.

Boys Council and Girls Circle – This sub-program, developed by the Women’s Network of PEI, is integrated into Power Hour to meet the social and emotional learning needs of the participants. Each group meets once weekly to actively cultivate a safe and supportive space to explore and discuss relevant issues such as mental health and well-being, bullying, social media, making healthy choices and setting healthy boundaries.

Digital Literacy and Research – Program participants are encouraged to bring forward topics for digital research (using Chrome Books and internet access). Participants create art to present their findings. Some of these topics included Physiology and Anatomy and Space Exploration.

“Dot–mocracy” – Used as a tool to teach civic literacy, the “dot-mocracy” process allows participants to brainstorm ideas for group activities and research projects. These ideas are then discussed at the group level and posted in the classroom. Participants are given dot-shaped stickers and allowed a “vote” whereby they placed their sticker next to the topic they wanted to learn more about.

Haunted Halloween Club – Program participants take the lead to develop, organize and host our annual Halloween party for all Club members. Youth work in small groups to design themed activities which they then facilitated with younger Club members. Participants are given the opportunity to learn about financial literacy as they have to work within a fixed budget to procure resources for each planned activity.

Program Impact

Program staff observed that youth participant progress in Literacy and Essential skills development increased by 68% over the course of the school year. Staff observed participants in areas including reading, writing, numeracy and digital literacy skills as well as problem solving, critical thinking, and working with others.

Program staff observed that participant engagement increase by 90% over the course of the program. Staff observed participants in areas including active participation, willingness to try new activities and commitment to completing program activities and school projects.

Program participants reported an 85% increase in self-confidence relating to their ability to develop and apply new skills and attain personal goals. Surveys measured how confident youth felt about their ability to learn and apply new skills in order to achieve their goals pre, mid and post program.

Program participants reported a 75% increase in academic and social success through program supports and experiential learning. Surveys measured how youth felt about their academic performance and social skills pre, mid and post program.

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