Imagine your child, having no appropriate guidance, or encouragement to better themselves, take to the streets of Baltimore. Thinking this is the only life for them. Here at SAFE (Safe Alternative Foundation for Education), we believe your child has an opportunity to be a positive impact in their community and the world.
At SAFE, we provide after school, weekend, and summer learning educational opportunities through vocational programs that integrate real-world application and exposure to the world outside of their community. Since our inception in 2012, we have contributed to students’ advancement by having six of our students enrolled in their school of choice. The schools of their choice were Holy Angels Catholic School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Dunbar High School, and most recently the Institute of Notre Dame.
According to youth.gov, attending after-school programs can improve students’ academic performance. Participation in afterschool programs has been associated with reduced drug use (Investing in Our Young People, University of Chicago, 2006) and criminal behavior (UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, 2007).
Afterschool programs play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in afterschool programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity (Mahoney, J., Lord, H., & Carryl, 2005).
The students that we supplement, usually come from underprivileged and financially unstable backgrounds. Students who live above the poverty line, have more resources readily available to them. We want to be able to level the playing field and our programs give our students the same opportunity as everyone else to succeed.
So why SAFE?
What makes us stand out from the rest is our ability to effectively reach out to students in many aspects of life. We provide healthy meals, physical activity, STEAM-based programs, activities with our local fire and law enforcement, a vast amount of exposure to a variety of career fields, and more. Our program is free and open to middle school students in Baltimore who would like to be the change that they seek to see in the world.