Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00 for 6 weeks
Our summer youth initiative is open to elementary students. It includes an academic program in which students complete their summer study packets in accordance with NYS summer curriculum and participate in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), a recreational program in which students make arts and crafts and play games, and a fitness program in martial arts and cultural dance provided by M*Power Center for Cultural Fitness. Students are also trained in Circle of Courage. The summer initative usually includes trips to museums and the zoo.
S.T.A.R.T. implements a curriculum that fosters the development of techniques that support academic achievement among elementary school students. Trained college and high school students help these students to understand and complete their homework. S.T.A.R.T. focuses on developing skills in core academic subjects, while also teaching life skills such as proper nutrition and conflict resolution. Students also participate in recreational activities, play games, visit museums, and go on field trips.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30-6:00
Peer Mentors is an initiative open to high school students that consists of a series of training programs provided by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Alternatives to Violence NYS, the National Association of Peer Counseling Programs (NAPP), Planned Parenthood SOS: Safe or Sorry, and Peer LEadership Education and Training. After this mentorship certification, students will mentor at least one elementary school child. R.E.A.L. Skills also provides annual trips to theaters and museums along with members of the D.E.A.L. and S.T.A.R.T. initiatives.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:30-5:30
D.E.A.L. is a peer-mentor apprenticeship for middle school students that promotes the development of self-awareness and self esteem. It cultivates soft skills that allow participants to engage in meaningful relationships with peers, academic support systems, and the community. D.E.A.L. workshops promote skills in public speaking, leadership, behavior management, mediation and alternatives to violence methodologies as well as training in Circle of Courage. D.E.A.L. also includes field trips to theaters and museums along with members of the Peer Mentorship and S.T.A.R.T. initiatives.
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-6:00
Hip Hop Theater is one of R.E.A.L. Skills Network's after school initiatives open to middle and high school students. With the assistance of drama students from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie students engage in writing, acting, and directing to produce plays that emphasize themes derived from socially conscious hip hop. Past productions have neem based on Tupac's "Brenda had a Baby" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)." Throughout the year, Hip Hop Theater also offers special productions for the district's entire third, fourth, and fifth grades. These productions promote development in fundamental social values.
One Friday every 6-8 weeks
T.I.P.P. is open to middle school students. It consists of a one-hour educational workshop focusing on themes such as anti-violence, gang prevention, and health awareness followed by an incentive event upon completion of the workshop.