Luz Community Learning Centers

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Luz Community Learning Centers

Luz Academy of Tucson
2797 N. Introspect Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 882-6216
(520) 623-9291 fax

The Luz Community Learning Centers is a program that offers afterschool activities to students grades 1-12 at the Kennedy Elementary School, Superior Jr/Sr High School, Mountain Vista School, and the Luz Academy of Tucson. The Luz Learning Centers are funded through the US Department of Education. The program was originally funded in 1998 and funded afterschool programs at Mammoth Elementary School, Gardner Middle School in San Manuel, Mountain Vista School, and Luz Academy. Luz Academy was refunded in 2001 and includes the two schools in Superior. The program will run at the federal level until 2004.

The Luz Community Learning Centers serves low income, ethnic minority students in grades 1-12. The project serves approximately 1,200 students in safe and drug-free environments. Establishing community learning centers in school buildings, the program provides tutoring and academic enrichment in the four core subjects – math, science, language arts and social studies; exposure to technology through open computer labs, substance abuse and violence prevention programs, multi-cultural education; and recreational activities to any and all students who wish to attend.

The program is free for participating students, and all centers welcome parents to participate in programs. At the Superior Learning Centers, parents are welcome to attend one of the Strengthening Families Programs provided by Adelante Juntos Coalition. At Luz Academy, parents can attend computer classes on Saturdays. Collaborations with community agencies such as the YMCA, and other organizations and businesses allow participating students to take field trips and participate in research studies. Some programs even allow students to visit out of state colleges and universities such as UCLA and San Diego State.

The Luz Community Learning Centers is completing its year 01 Annual Performance Report on April 12th. It is anticipated that high participation in all centers will be documented. In year 03 of the first round of funding for the Luz Community Learning Centers, a total of 783 participants were documented at the four sites. Activities ranged from Photography to Hiking to Mariachi to Auto Care.