Learning opportunities outside of the regular school day focus on 21st-century skills
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ STEP 21 and LEAP 21 before-and after-school programs provide additional academic opportunities for students by focusing on building 21st-century skills. These skills include group collaboration, problem solving, communicating effectively, leadership, researching, and using technology.
STEP 21 is for students in grades K-5 at Earle Brown Elementary STEAM. LEAP 21 is for students in grades 6-12 at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM.
The programs are free and build on the learning done in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to explore the fields of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics), create music and art and release energy through physical activity. LEAP 21 students participate in leadership opportunities, explore their interests, and prepare for college and/or career. Staff also provide weekly enrichment activities with the help of community partners such as Northern Star Scouting, Girls on the Run and the Three Rivers Park District.
Youth Programs Manager Renee Starr emphasized that the programs are supplemental to the students’ classroom learning and are tailored to students’ needs. “It’s really about connecting youth voice to instructors,” she said.
During Distance Learning, STEP and LEAP have continued online with daily activities. Students have stayed engaged through Google Classroom and the group’s Facebook page.