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Afterschool doesn’t need to be a challenge

We’re ready to run afterschool programs for you, from start to finish. All we need is a classroom.

We partner with districts all over the nation to run expanded learning programs that propel students forward.

Leave the afterschool program challenges to us!

Afterschool programs, and the funding available to run them, are wonderful in theory. But the reality of running them can be anything but. Staffing shortages, location coordination, keeping reliable reporting … and still no guarantees students will benefit.


We’ve spent a decade listening to the needs of education administrators about the problems they face running afterschool programs. And we know that great programming is only possible when the logistics work.


That’s why our programs are designed to make afterschool seamless for school districts. We’ve discovered all the sticking points and made sure there’s a solution.
Let’s show you how

  • Guaranteed to meet your federal funding mandates by:

    Driving up student reach and opt-in rates with tailored and accessible messaging across social media platforms

    Delivering engaging programs that develop STEM-themed, digital skills - that students will actually use

    Programming designed to help LEAs meet day and hour provisioning requirements

    Guaranteed staff-student ratios

    Providing local community engagement and outreach

  • Programs that are built for each age and student type:

    Starter programs researched, designed, and tested for students in grades 3-8

    Our tailored industry framework was built to be adapted for different age groups, introducing students to concepts that meet them where they’re at and provide the right level of challenge to keep them interested and motivated

  • Programs that scale when you need them to

    You can start small and aim high. Our programs adapt along with your needs

    We have technology available for running afterschool programs through one platform - no more files, folders and email for your reporting, regardless of how many students are in your district

    This technology can track attendance, keep detailed reporting, and act as a hub for operations

    Student and school privacy is built into the platform

Programs We Offer

Video Game Design

Join a newly formed Game Design Studio with your fellow classmates as you work together to create your studios’ first video game project! Your team will be tasked with coming up with the initial concept for your game, building out the prototype, and presenting it to potential investors to see your creativity take flight. Take up a role in the studio as a designer, programmer, or project manager to help contribute to the final video game concept launch! This real-life simulation with industry will teach you what it’s really like to work in game development. Learn about your passions and talent through this exciting evolution! 

Project:

Students work on creating their own video game concept in teams throughout the program, defining the important elements which make a finished game such as level design, character creation, and world building. Students will need to identify who their target audience is by following our Game Design Framework and through this fun evolution pitch their game concepts to “investors” who give them constructive feedback on their ideas.

Skills & Knowledge:

From the nuances of selling their finished product to the complexities of code that bring them to life, students will get an under-the-hood look at how their favorite games are produced. By taking a look at every step of the process from brainstorming their concept to releasing it on the market, students will understand what it takes to build an intriguing game for the world to play. Additionally, students get to learn about themselves through the axis of creative and technical skills that video game creation provides, which builds a strong foundation for future career exploration.


Cybersecurity

Become a member of an Elite Cybersecurity Task Force charged with investigating major cyber crimes with your student team! Through real-world scenarios, you’ll be tasked with protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure, our citizens and our nation. Take on a new challenge each day with your team! Whether preventing cyber attacks from occurring or rectifying a cyber attack that has already happened, your team will feel the excitement of helping keep our nation safe in these engaging challenges. 

Project:

Students work in teams to complete challenges investigating major cyber crimes on their computers through immersive scenarios in which they have to work collaboratively. These involve threats to our nation, American families, and private companies as well as a choose your own adventure Cyber Task Force game built by IBM. Students' final game concepts are presented to their parents so they can see their child's big new game launch!

Skills & Knowledge:

Students learn how to work toward completing a goal under time pressure and have to share their thought process of why they made their decisions. This involves building their digital literacy and presentation skills as well as time management as students learn how to allocate their time with their scarce resources. They will also gain a deeper understanding of why Cybersecurity matters and demystify this high wage career for future exploration later in life.


Aviation & Drones

Aviation is quickly rising in the ranks as one of the high-demand tech careers with endless opportunities and exciting new applications for drone & electric vehicle use. Students will dive deep into aviation applications, careers, and how to navigate using drones in futuristic careers across the nation. Students will have the amazing opportunity to use drones to support real life challenges in helping fire firefighters, finding hikers who are lost, filming for a commercial project and also fun videos they can capture related to their passions in this interactive evolution. 

Project:

Students are placed into teams and have to come up with a societal problem which a drone solution can solve. For example, climate change is increasing the number and scale of the California forest fire season. Together they develop a drone use case in which they outfit their drone through a design project with the features necessary to solve the given problem. Guided by our instructors students will try out their drone use case solutions in mock set ups on campus while learning about drone ethics. On the final day students present their final drone solutions in teams to their peers and parents on the final day! 

Skills & Knowledge:

Students are building their problem solving skills helping to think critically about a societal problem and the engineering and business aspects of developing a drone solution. Presentation skills are evolved through their final project presentations and also collaborative team work which is essential to building out a comprehensive solution in this engaging challenge. Students also learn about the future of drone technology and how that is shaping the future careers they may join later in educational pathways.


App Design

See first hand how popular apps such as Tik Tok and IG use the foundational concepts of Technology to engage with users all over the world! In teams learn how to use your Design Thinking mindset to envision your own tech company and first app launch. Through this evolution you and your team will bring together your creativity and tech mindset to your new found product which can shape the world and society around you!

Project:

Students will learn to identify the components of an app and how to apply techniques to solve simple problems. First, they will use paper and pen to work their ideas on to a paper proto-type and then use simple drag and drop builders to mock their ideas up on screen. Then, they show off their app mockups to other students to test their user experience to find where users get confused and how they can continue to improve their design. Final project presentations include a Q&A day with their parents and peers while celebrating their big new launch! 

Skills & Knowledge: 

Understanding how people solve problems with technology and translating ideas into design components is vital to thriving in the 21st Century Landscape. Students will understand how ideation takes place on pen and paper and how to use drag and drop builders to bring their ideas to life. This process is the same process that happens in the “Google design sprint” methodology that is used in developing the innovative technologies of today. This immersive experience aligns with important problem solving and critical thinking skills as students foresee design challenges and in teams develop solutions with an engineering mindset.


Storytelling & World Building

Storytelling is an essential part of effective communication.  We show you how to develop this powerful tool and use the Storybrand framework which breaks down how all stories work at their core. Dive deep with us into creating realistic worlds where heroes take on seemingly impossible adventures and see first hand the importance of story plots. We have the opportunity to tell our story every day in school, work, or simply while hanging out with friends so let’s explore how to tell a compelling story which captivates our listeners.


Project:

As students learn what makes up a compelling story throughout the week they will apply their understanding to the creation of a Storybrand which will be shared with the class that includes the following components: character, problem, guide, plan, action, success & failure. Students can mix & match examples of each of these components that are presented in the project to create a unique story. Students also detail their world with the people, places, and systems that make it up. This gives students an opportunity to tell an entire story of a hero who is called to action in order to solve a major problem like in classic stories such as Star Wars and Frozen.

Skills & Knowledge:

Students learn that stories all have the same components which create the power of story. They will develop a deeper sense of how to keep people engaged when speaking about a specific topic helping them in many facets of their lives. Understanding how to convey emotion helps our youth better empathize with others a key skill needed to thrive both personally and professionally. 

From job interviews to making new friends, storytelling is all around us. By sharing with classmates students will gain the skills needed to be confident in their public speaking as well as their ability to weave together an engaging story.


Design Thinking

Design thinking is a “solution-based” technique to solve a problem. It’s a creative process that engages a person in opportunities to empathize and understand people and problems, brainstorm ideas and bring them to life with PBL. Find out what it takes to create inclusive designs in this thoughtful and creative module. 

Project: 

Students will be tasked with designing objects or structures that require critical thinking to address all components involved such as inclusivity, balance, and accessibility. By considering the safety and emotions of those who use such spaces, students will know what to keep in mind as they build into the future. Final projects result in students sharing their designs and explaining the inspiration behind them in a fun Q and A from peers and parents.

Skills & Knowledge:

Students will learn a simplified version of the “design thinking” framework: 

Empathize: Understand someone's motivations and their feelings when presented a challenge. This helps students understand that every problem has a human emotion tied to it and how to empathize with others. 

Define: Identifying a challenge or problem helps students learn that problems have depth and there is more to things that is presented on the surface. 

Ideate: Creatively come up with different ideas to solve the defined challenges, helping them understand prioritization and constraints. 

Show: Presenting ideas to others  helps students learn how to explain their ideas and receive feedback.

Money & Investing

In this engaging experience we’ll break down the true value of money, understanding financial literacy and how to avoid scams.  From the market to the foundations of economics: supply and demand.  We will also learn the basics of investing as well as key skills and tips in terms of saving and budgeting thinking about future life goals. Through fun interactive games such as real world Monopoly student teams will be engaged to help build their understanding of the finance world around them. 

Project:

As students learn how to manage and save money, they will be given the chance to see what goes into a budget and how much it costs to live out their dreams. Tasked with finding a place to live, identifying monthly costs, and creating a plan to make it happen, students will come out of this module with confidence in regards to living on their own. 

Skills & Knowledge: 

Understanding the different forms of money (assets, debt, income, interest) and how they are used to grow or deplete your resources. Students will also learn the basics of buying and selling in markets that can quickly change the value of things. This completes an engaging but holistic approach to financial literacy helping understand how to create generational wealth.


Theater & Improv

In this fun and engaging module you will learn to step outside of your comfort zone having to support others in the realm of theater entertainment. This experience is invaluable learning how to think on your feet and quickly pivot while reading your audience! Learning how to be agile and resilient provides a safe zone for growth in presenting and embracing your own self awareness. 

Project:

Working in a team setting, students will analyze famous movie scenes to understand the emotional background of each character and dive deeper into how actors portray those feelings. The student groups will then perform a short scene to their classmates and parents where they will show the importance of body language, voice projection, and facial expressions! 

Skills & Knowledge:

Students will learn the basics of improv such as thinking fast on their feet, adapting to change, and working with others. In this module students will learn the importance of expression, body and face, and connecting with others emotionally to come to a common goal. This invigorates students' confidence in their public speaking and relationship building skills as they learn how to read emotion from their teammates to act out their scene.


Entrepreneurship

Come together with your fellow students to develop your own startup business and first product idea! See what's made other companies successful like Nike, Adidas, Instagram and Tik Tok and use your team's creativity to develop your first idea. After learning how to identify your customer and validate their problems it's onto the fun part, creating a solution! Creating a great product is just as important as finding customers to buy it. How will you sell your product to your customer? How will it solve the customer’s problem? What new value will you create for your customer? How do you compare to the competitors? Learn from real companies’ successes and failures while creating solutions for customers, just like you will with your startup team. This real-life simulation will teach you the realities of working in the business world and the challenges you would face everyday.

Project:

Students are placed into teams to form their first company and first product or service they build around a societal problem or need. Students will identify why the product matters to their customer and how it is solving their problem. Through the given industry framework students will build out the product design, marketing pieces, pricing, and overall their team “pitch” to investors seeking to support their company's big new launch!

Skills & Knowledge:

Students will learn a scoped down and simplified version of the lean methodology: picking a problem, identifying who has this problem and who would buy a potential solution. Ideating a solution and how to gather information on whether people like your solution enough to buy.  Students need to think critically beyond just a tagline.


Graphic Design

From movie and concert posters to logos and flyers, Graphic Design is almost everywhere you look. Learn how to apply color theory, typography, and other creative concepts as you create your own flashy designs! The difference between good and poor design choices can make or break your event and product brand which could turn people away completely. This is more than just an art class as students take a critical look at the nuances of design and make decisions that influence how others interpret their product.

Project:

Each day students will work with the approachable and easy to use software Canva. After getting a chance to practice with the program their final project culminates with an open-ended design project that allows them to put their skills to the test. By creating a movie poster, promotional flier for an event, or even a business logo, students can be confident in their design skills and share their creations with the class.

Skills & Knowledge:

By focusing on concepts like color theory, typography, and layout principles, students will be able to develop the skills and knowledge to design anything they can put their minds to. This module also gives students an opportunity to view creations with a critical eye to break down each piece and understand the choices that go into crafting complex designs.


A system that works

Tailor made for you

Work ED creates and deploys tailored summer and afterschool programs in person, and at scale, for elementary and middle schools, designed to take away the pain of organizing and filling spots

A turnkey approach: we’ve identified all areas of afterschool that can give districts a headache, and solved them ourselves

We staff programs ourselves with qualified staff who are dedicated to helping students gain the skills they need to thrive

We partner with the top local companies that want to give back to their community, making each program tell a unique story

Built to inspire, prepare, and foster community

We use a work-based learning approach to let students feel what it’s like to solve real problems as a team, building skills that go beyond textbooks

Programming is designed to help students understand how careers work, helping them make connections and map their route to a higher earning potential

We get highschool students involved as paid mentors to help them pay-it-forward in their community, inspiring younger students to keep pushing, while giving highschoolers valuable (and paid) work experience

We foster a problem-solving mindset in students where “soft skills” are valued, helping them learn to persevere and innovate when they are stuck, rather than give up

We foster parent involvement, giving all students the opportunity to present to parents at the end of the program

Designed with every student in mind

Our programs are for all students as well as underserved communities, low socioeconomic status, at-risk and homeless students who are in special education programs.

We make sure programs are advertised in accessible ways for all students, including bilingual families, so that more are likely to opt-in to programs

A different approach to instructional learning means that students that don’t necessarily thrive during the school day can thrive in afterschool and gain the skills needed to access high-earning careers

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