Banner Lake After School Time
B.L.A.S.T. (Banner Lake After School Time) is a key component that lies under the Banner Lake Club Inc. umbrella. Recently, the Banner Lake Club Inc. decided to take full responsibility for the program by hiring a full-time Program Director in May 2015, additional staff was hired and the transition was made to take over the program from its previous owners on October 1, 2015. Over the past year, many improvements have been made to the program and our first year running the program has been highly successful. The children in the program include students from ages of 5 through 18. The children in the B.L.A.S.T. Program participate in homework hour, tutoring, art classes, soccer, dance/movement classes, and other enrichment programs.
Also, over the past year The B.L.A.S.T. Program has cultivated a thriving
teen program that is continuing to grow with three extended hours
nights a week. The teens are very involved with their programming
which keeps them busy and out of trouble. Over the past year, teens
members have developed their very own leadership club, where they
spearhead fundraisers and events to raise funds for an annual end
of the year college tour.
At the B.L.A.S.T. Program members are encouraged to use goal setting skills to reach new heights in the realm of Academic Success. To prevent members from being involved in the staggering statistic of dropouts in the Martin County area, members must be engaged in quality and structured programs. The B.L.A.S.T. Program does just that by providing academic resources and programming for families and members. Members are engaged in a full hour of Homework help each day as well as backup activities that reenforce topics they are studying. Additional practice is provided through computer programming including iReady and Greg Tang Math activities. Numerous tutors volunteer each week to read with the youngsters or provide additional mathematics practice.
The B.L.A.S.T. Program is working to ensure that each member is provided with a comprehensive physical fitness activity for at least one hour a day or more. Physical fitness is the foundation that youth will need to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to be physically fit for a lifetime. At the B.L.A.S.T. Program members will find a variety of resources and programs that will contribute to the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle for young people. Members are able to participate in program such as ‘Soccer in the Community’ coached by Paul Gibbo, dance through ‘Gym Class Nation’ led by instructor Bobbi Meyers, and golf through The First Tee, led by Anthony Coletti.
Health & Wellness Development
The B.L.A.S.T. Program is aware that there is much work to be done to promote a healthier next generation. We take pride in ensuring the healthy development of our Banner Lake youth by providing programs that present an opportunity to promote healthy living habits. House of Hope is partnering with us and with their help our youngsters are growing vegetables for the community while also learning about the science of agronomy. By offering sports programs, teaching children about healthy food choices, and implementing anti-drug and alcohol activities our members will have the tools and skills to better handle the health crisis facing our nation.