How it Works:
L.I.F.E. is an afterschool program that specializes in academic support, healthy snacks, and recreational opportunities. It operates from 3:00pm to 5:30pm Tuesday through Friday at the East Salinas Family Center. The loving, nurturing aspect of this environment helps build self esteem and encourages the students to excel at their studies and grow into contributing members of society.
Every day starts with healthy snacks. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, L.I.F.E. assigns one tutor for each two or three students. A high school, college-age, or adult tutor lets each student know they care about his or her success. Students also learn positive life skills such as fairness, integrity, and honesty. All of our tutors are volunteers. The tutors and students work together on homework until 5:00pm. Then, from 5:00pm to 5:30pm, there are lessons on social skills, vocabulary, or science. During this time, students are encouraged to present on topics that interest them! Additional academic resources include Math Lab on Wednesdays and Thursdays, reading tutors for our first, second, and third grade students, access to a library and student store, and field trips.
On Fridays from 3:15pm to 5:30pm, supervised recreational programs are provided. We also provide recreational programs during the summer break.
To learn more about what L.I.F.E. offers, download our brochure!
The L.I.F.E. program was founded in 1998 by several faith-based communities. Sandy and Pastor Frank Gomez developed and grew the East Salinas Family Center site program, which now has 45 to 50 students from up to 12 Salinas feeder schools.