Taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, After the Bell is a program that functions after school hours for pre-teens and teens in grades seven through 12. The goal is to provide a safe, fun and constructive environment in which Syracuse-area teens can spend their time after school gets out. Participants can either drop in for After the Bell on a per-day basis, or they can purchase a monthly pass that includes special discounts to other weekend events and holiday excursions at The SPOT. Transportation is available from some area schools, and should be coordinated through The SPOT prior to attending the program.
"We're very excited to launch our After the Bell program this year," said Ilario Huober, the new teen services coordinator at the JCC. "The SPOT has plenty of potential, and we see After the Bell as an important step in fulfilling that."
The SPOT's After the Bell will be a place for teens to hang out with their peers and meet students from other area schools, in a supervised environment. After the Bell will provide an atmosphere where teens can socialize and participate in age-appropriate recreational activities including pool, foosball, ping pong and video games. There will be an area of the center set aside for homework, with internet-ready computers, WIFI, and on-site tutoring sessions available.
The SPOT strives to uphold four pillars with its programming - recreation, entertainment, volunteerism and education - all of which will be nurtured by teens' participating in the program. There is a teen council which coordinates events, helps with the general operations of the center and building their resume with volunteer activities. This provides and environment where the teens can take ownership of The SPOT while acquiring skills by being involved.
"We believe there is significant demand for a program like this in the community and are thrilled with the opportunity to meet that need," Huober said. "Our hope is that it will develop into an important resource to teens and their families for years to come."
If you are interested in more information on The SPOT, contact Ilario Huober at 445-2360 ext. 133, e-mail TheSPOT@jccsyr.org or visit jccysr.org today.