Trenton's First After-School Boarding Program
HomeWorks Trenton is a community-based, after-school boarding program providing academic and social-emotional enrichment activities to supplement the public school system, to empower women, and to build community leaders.
Our 5-½ day boarding school brings the benefits of the boarding school experience to public education without the bureaucracy, high fixed costs and scalability issues of an actual school. Our unique model does not require its scholars “to trade home and family for education”; instead, students live in the same community as their parents, speak with them daily, and live in their parents’ homes from Friday evening to Sunday evening.
Girls' education creates stronger economies, healthier communities and a safer world.
Our Model in Practice:
A local solution to a local challenge
Public School Education
Drop off and pick up from enrolled public school every day to ensure attendance
Focusing on academic enrichment, women empowerment and
Nutritious meals cooked by a local organization,
School night dormitory living in local neighborhood
We recognize that education is not just about school but about Community, Confidence and Consistency.
By keeping scholars enrolled and attending public school, they learn to be successful in their own community, break cycles of chronic absenteeism, and become leaders to help others succeed.
By keeping local, we work hard to establish partnerships with Public Education System, Trenton Community Members and Scholars' parents. We know that high school is a crucial period of social-emotional growth, critical-thinking and identity formation. HomeWorks will provide a stable and positive environment for them to be equipped with tools and skills they need to move forward.
Listen to what past scholars have to say about our program
Community Collaboration and Engagement
We believe it is important for Trenton's students to realize that they can not only achieve success in their home public schools but also help to improve them as they become leaders in their community. Our house is located within the city of Trenton and rely heavily on the partnerships with each public school, community organizations and most importantly our scholar's parents and family members to ensure success for them. We use a culturally responsive-based learning segment to conduct community projects.
Working closely with our scholars’ school teachers, HomeWorks Trenton provides academic enrichment in reading, writing, social science, mathematics, and science through daily one-on-one and group tutoring. We hold scholars accountable to show up and address complex problems with our evidence-based curriculum.
We believe that a focus on women’s empowerment will encourage healthy living and independence among our scholars and motivate them to become informed citizens and leaders.Through social-emotional workshops, scholars explore topics on body image, self-care, self-respect, and safe-dating. In our weekly Sunday night time to share stories, take risks in a safe environment, and receive mentoring from caring adults.