Bella Vista Elementary School
Engaging and Educating our Young Leaders
The Expanded Learning @ Bella Vista Elementary School is an after-school learning program dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience for youth. We pride ourselves on providing our students a diverse menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, community building and college-going culture activities.
EBAYC has played a significant role in Donald’s life, starting as a youth attendee from 2nd-5th grade at Garfield Elementary and continued on at Roosevelt Middle School from 6th – 8th grade. He has now returned as an After School Teacher for EBAYC and is in his second year in this position at Bella Vista Elementary. Fun fact about Donald is that he was born in Vietnam and enjoys waking up early to run a couple of miles for his daily exercise.
Strengthening Study and Self-Motivation Skills
Academic Mentors support their advisory cohort with homework completion, learning strategies and test-taking strategies. Mentors review youth homework assignments and organize them in small groups of four tailored to each youth’s academic performance level to foster peer collaboration. Mentors log homework progress and completion daily, and review progress during their consultations with school-day teachers. Youth participate in a Literacy Club to build and reinforce their core academic skills. Academic Mentors guide youth through the process of reading relevant, culturally diverse, socially and emotionally rich literature.
Fostering an Inclusive Community
Community Leadership Circles
Academic Mentors implement Building Intentional Communities curriculum to provide a safe, supportive space for youth to express themselves and build connections to support their social and emotional growth. Youth gain leadership skills to co-design and co-facilitate a group activity for their peers with support from their Academic Mentors.
Expanding Youth Horizons
Youth participate in a semester rotation of enrichment workshops that includes: team sports (soccer/ flag football), arts and media (arts & crafts/yearbook/architectural design), cooking (multi-ethnic and cultural) and science (physics/environmental). The workshops incorporate character and community building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, EBAYC will be providing in-classroom support to students during the school day for the 2020-21 school year instead of our traditional after-school programs. The specifics of our school day involvement will vary from each school based on the needs of each community, and will be jointly determined by school staff and EBAYC. This ensures that our program can be the most effective for students, while meeting government and school district requirements that protect the health of our youth and staff.
Student enrollment in the EBAYC program will be jointly determined by school staff and EBAYC. Please contact EBAYC Program Director Jonatan Valladares with any questions.