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Before/After School Programs

Bridges After School Program

The San Juan Unified School District's Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs provide homework support, enrichment and pro-social recreation in a safe and positive environment. The Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs currently serve approximately 3,000 students, grades K-12, in 35 programs at 35 sites. Student success is supported through the implementation of each of the four components of the program: homework support, enrichment/disguised learning, pro-social skills/recreation, and parent support and empowerment. Strong relationships between program staff, school staff, parents and students are key!

  • Bridges operates Monday through Friday from the end of school (2:50 pm) until 6 pm. There is no Bridges program on holidays or non-school days.

  • Space is limited and students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis once priority order has been applied. Priority will be given to students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Foster Youth, English Learners, and students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

  • Applications are available with the Bridges Site Coordinator Shayla at 916-416-9612 or at the Arden Bridges Regional Office (2641 Kent Dr., Sacramento, CA 95821 Room 5

For more information on the program, visit the program's website or call Shayla at 916-416-9612.

Project Optimism

Project Optimism is offering an after-school mentoring program this year at Katherine Johnson Middle School. This program will run for the entire academic school year starting on Oct. 24th, 2022 until the end of April 2023. The sessions will begin after school every Monday from 2:50 pm to 5:10 pm, with the exception of any observed holiday or early dismissal. Sessions will take place in classroom H2.

The program will have an emphasis on strengthening skills related to leadership, improve social-emotional and behavioral skills, promote school connectedness, and improve academic performance, along with an opportunity for group mentoring.

If you are interested in your child participating, please pick a form from the office.

An authorized staff of Project Optimism, Inc. will meet your child at the designated location right after school (TBD by Admin and Project Optimism). The group will walk from the designated area into the class together and begin the program. A snack will be provided (please notify the program manager in advance, in writing, if your child has any food restrictions due to allergies/sensitivities or provide your child with an appropriate snack). The program will end at 5:10 pm. Please pick up your child from the front of the school promptly at 5:10 pm.

For more information, contact:

Anglieena Hayes, Program Manager

Office: 916-621-7406

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT)

"We envision a nation in which young men of color are overrepresented in higher education, underrepresented in the criminal justice system, and are leaders in their communities."

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) was founded in 2013 with the mission to increase the number of young men of color (YMOC) to attend and graduate from colleges and universities.

IYT College Academy serves young men of color in middle and high schools across California, helping them pursue and achieve their college-bound dreams.

By providing wraparound programming and services that cultivate a shared sense of brotherhood, College Academy helps members build resilience in the face of systemic roadblocks, celebrate their authentic selves, develop their passions, and get to college.

Visit their webpage to learn more.

Capital Therapy Dogs

Capital Therapy Dogs has partnered with Katherine Johnson Middle School to provide select students with a special experience to practice reading aloud, engage with our furry volunteers, and be part of our KJMS community!

Capital Therapy Dogs is an all-volunteer organization that registers handlers and their dogs as therapy dog teams to support programs in the Greater Sacramento, CA area. The therapy dog teams offer comfort & kindness to people of all ages.

Visit their website to find out more.