LINK (Linking Instruction/ Nurturing Knowledge) is an after school and summer program for K-5 students who reside in Brent Place Apartments, located in Alexandria's West End. The program is designed to "Wrap Arms" around these students by providing additional support through intensive academic tutoring and homework help. This includes project-based learning opportunities, enrichment activities, field trips, and social and emotional support services. Families of the participating students are also offered a variety of onsite trainings designed to increase involvement in their child’s education and improve their overall quality of life.
For more information please call LINK Club at 571-310-5172
ACPS is working in close collaboration with Homes for America and other community partners, including the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, and with the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) to provide the services needed to support our Brent Place families.
DCHS is providing onsite wrap-around support for students and families, through a weekly support group for parents and guardians, and workforce development training for adult family members. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is offering family literacy and English classes to families, while SCAN of Northern Virginia is providing a multiple week curriculum-based “Strengthening Families” training for families.
Funding for this incredible opportunity is available through a three-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Department of Education. The grant has been awarded in collaboration with non-profit housing developer Homes for America. The program is based at Brent Place Apartments, an affordable housing community in Alexandria’s West End and serves students who reside at Brent Place and attend ACPS Elementary Schools. The program launched in October 2017 and will continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Learn more information about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant program.