The Idaho Out-of-School Network’s (ION) mission is to ensure Idaho’s youth have access to high quality out-of-school (OST) programs.
The research on OST programs reveals that youth consistently enrolled in quality programs perform better academically, have better school attendance, adapt better socially, are more likely to graduate from high school and go-on to higher learning. Research also reveals that they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors that may lead to crime, substance abuse or teen parenthood. New studies are showing too that OST programs are helping close the achievement gap of students across income levels. ION is the only program of its kind in Idaho, though all 50 states have launched similar programs.
ION does not directly offer out-of-school programs; the focus is to advocate and promote the benefits of out-of-school programming, help connect families and youth to a program and support providers with resources and training to enrich and expand their programming and services.
LCSC Kids’ College is a short-format summer program for youth ages 6 through 15. Kids’ College strives to offer the highest quality educational courses for youth in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday.
Learning Lab is a literacy education center for adults and families with young children. Classes are based on students individual needs and offer reading, writing, math and English language learning curricula. Learning Lab also offers preparation for citizenship and GED exams.
Weekly art and science activities
Annual events (such as Trunk-Or-Treat, Dairy Days Parade and the Community Block Party)
Large database of community resources and research tools.
West Ada School District
In addition to having bookmobile stops at schools, we also attend events such as school carnivals, book fairs, kindergarten registration, and assemblies.
Other Community Partnerships: We are committed to serving the community needs in many ways. We often work with community organizations in order to provide programs for a wide range of community members.
We provide summer programming at Department of Parks & Recreation summer camps, table at local church community meals, and make regular visits to the local Boys & Girls Club.”
“This free service provides the following to registered users:
-Books, magazines, and playback equipment
-Materials mailed directly to and from the user via Free Matter for the Blind
-Toll free number to contact the Talking Book Service
-Resources to help select titles of interest
-Online catalog for direct ordering
-Ability to download digital titles”
Career/College guidance counselor and center
READY! for Kindergarten
Step-up to Writing
Second Step – Social/Emotional Wellness for All
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4-H programs are in every Idaho county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate. Participation is the key in 4-H. The more you do, the more you will get out of it and the more friends you will make.
4-H Afterschool works in over half of Idaho counties. It has put 4-H tested educational materials into Idaho schools and community centers since 1990.
The programs are run by staff and trained volunteers. Topics vary, but can include:
science and technology
visual, cultural and theater arts
health and physical activity
4-H gives custom training to staff and volunteers at each site. 4-H curricula are age-appropriate and kid-tested.