Growth & Learning Happen Here:
Children attending GLO will:
- Gain knowledge of the world around them through play based learning and engagement with their environment;
- Showcase their individual talents and strengths through regular activity participation and special event performances;
- Cultivate leadership skills and have opportunities for planning, decision-making, and contribution to their community;
- Receive academic support;· Gain confidence and develop self-esteem;· Become responsible, caring citizens with a desire to positively affect their communities;
- Feel a sense of ownership in GLO;
- Learn to live a healthy lifestyle by engaging in outdoor recreation, promoting positive use of time, reduction in stress, appreciation for the environment;
- Develop their capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture both their own well-being and positive friendships with others.
GLO has operated quality out-of-school-time (OST) programs since 1982. Originally named West Portal Center for After School Recreation and Education, the organization was established as a small site located at West Portal Elementary School by a group of dedicated parents who desired safe and supervised child care.
For 30 years, GLO has continued in deliberate, quality expansion. GLO currently provides five after school and three before school programs at San Francisco public school sites. GLO provides a safe environment where students build the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate through their lives and communities while on the path to becoming successful adults. GLO delivers its mission of “empowering youth and families to be leaders toward equitable communities” by offering a variety of high quality programs, grounded in evidenced-based practices.
Currently, five of GLO’s programs are licensed through the State of California Department of Social Services and nationally accredited by the National After School Association. One of GLO’s five sites is funded by the ExCEL After School Program, and parent-fee programs are offered at all five sites. These funding streams function as single, integrated programs from the perspective of our youth participants. This braided funding model (and our significant investment in fee subsidies) places us at the forefront of efforts to make out-of-school-time (OST) programs accessible to all, without dividing programs based on parents’ ability to pay. All GLO programs are structured around ExCEL’s three key components:
- Daily academic support
- Diverse program enrichment
- Engaging recreational activities.
GLO programming is designed to support SFUSD in achieving its goals of access and equity for all, closing the achievement gap, and being accountable for the promises that we make to youth, families and the community. GLO creates an inclusive community through subsidized participation for as many low-income families as possible. GLO also creates culturally diverse programs respectful of all children and families. Arts, core academics, group activities, and computers are among the modalities that make up the GLO environment.