1. What is Access AfterSchool?
Access AfterSchool is a not-for-profit organization that partners with local schools to provide opportunities for all students to further develop academic and social skills in a safe and healthy environment. We offer a wide variety of enrichment and academic support classes via the SecondShift afterschool program, held at five middle schools from Basalt to Rifle. Sessions are offered twice per school year and run ten weeks each. Classes are 1 to 1.5 hours and are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Schedules vary depending upon the host school’s schedule and instructor availability. BoostCamp is a month-long day camp for 1st – 5th graders held in Rifle during the month of July each summer. This full-day program blends academics and enrichment programs designed to promote literacy, STEM, health and creativity.
2. Is Access AfterSchool operated through the School District?
No. We are an independent nonprofit organization. We work closely with the schools where our programs are offered, but we are not financially affiliated with the School District. We do receive an in-kind donation from school districts in the form of the use of school facilities and janitorial services.
3. Do students have to go to public school in order to take Access’ SecondShift classes?
No. Any student may participate in our programs as long as they meet the age/grade level criteria. Parents may register online or by completing the registration forms and mailing to Access AfterSchool, P.O. Box 819, Carbondale, CO 81623. Alternatively, registration forms and payment can be returned to the administrative office of the school where your child expects to attend SecondShift classes.
4. What does it cost to take a SecondShift class?
The cost is usually $20 per class, although some classes, such as Cooking, may have slightly higher fees to cover supplies and materials. If your child signs up for 2 separate classes, for example Painting on Mondays and Kickboxing on Wednesdays, the fee would be $20 per class, for a total of $40 for the SecondShift session.
5. What does the $20 per class pay for?
The $20 goes toward paying teachers and covering program costs such as materials (wood for carpentry, material for sewing, etc.) The fee also covers the students’ snack before each class. The $20 fee covers just a small portion of Access’ total costs to produce the class. The remainder of our program expenses are covered by grants and charitable donations to our organization.
6. Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Simply indicate on the registration form that the child needs a scholarship to participate and we will contact you to gather the required information to extend financial help.
7. Who supervises students during Access’ programs?
The vast majority of people who work with children in the SecondShift program are individuals who work with students during their regular daytime classes. This means that they frequently know your child from in-class contact, and they are familiar with the school’s program. We also employ instructors who work with other organizations in the valley.
8. How may I support Access AfterSchool with a monetary donation?
Simply send a check to Access AfterSchool, P.O. Box 819, Carbondale, CO 81623. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. 100% of our fees and donations go toward meeting our program costs. You may also donate via PayPal:
For in-kind donations or more information please contact Access AfterSchool at 970-281-KIDS (5437).