Dedicated to building strong youth.
ACCORD is funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to offer three Advantage After School Programs over a 5-year period, through June 2024.
ACCORD has partnered with three area school districts to offer an Advantage After School Program for K-5 students, five days a week for three hours a day.
Bolivar-Richburg Central School serves 40 students
Cuba-Rushford Central School serves 80 students
Whitesville Central School serves 40 students
What does a typical day at an Advantage After School Program look like?
All enrolled students report to program directly after the school day ends, where they are greeted by ACCORD’s Youth Services team. Attendance is completed and all students are offered a nutritious snack. Students are divided into groups of ten with one staff leading each group.
Of students surveyed, when asked what they like most about their after school program, the top two answers are always snack and recreation time! For the first hour and a half, student groups rotate through recreation and homework assistance. If students do not have homework, they are encouraged to read quietly. Each school district hires a teaching staff to lead homework help.
Of parents surveyed about what they like most about After School programming, the top two activities are always homework assistance and recreation time! During recreation, group leaders facilitate a variety of games with students ranging from indoor games such as red light green light, wall ball and tag, to outdoor games like scavenger hunts, kickball and flag football. There is time for self-led play on playground equipment, too. Recreation may also include board games, building with Legos, creating with playdoh, making murals, and much, much, more!
Advantage After School focuses on having FUN! The next hour and a half are devoted to a wide range of engaging activities that fall under two umbrellas: youth development and academic enrichment. Youth development activities include lessons about character development, team building, social responsibility, collective learning and completion of Random Acts of Kindness. Academic enrichment activities include science experiments, math and language games, creation of art with a purpose, and creating all sorts of goop and goo!
The Youth Services team is dedicated to offering your students a safe and enriching place to be after school. We are licensed and regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services School-Aged Child Care regulations. Keeping your children safe in a warm and family-friendly environment is our number one priority!
Parents are invited to stop in at program any time. Pick up times are flexible. We host quarterly family and community events that engage the whole family and community members through music and movement activities, science experiments, activities that focus on getting to know our community, and events to recognize those who make a difference in the lives of our children. The connections you and your children make with ACCORD’s Youth Services team will leave a lasting impact. Some of our staff are past participants of ACCORD’s Youth Services Programs!
If you have children who attend one of the school districts we serve and are interested in enrolling your children, please contact us. Community members are also invited to share their talents or hobbies with our students as a guest or volunteer. Please reach out to us if you would like to volunteer. We are stronger together!
Advantage After School Program (AASP)
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
ACCORD’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) assists students to develop leadership abilities and create connections which allow youth to impact their communities. Participants meet monthly for ten months to complete community service projects and participate in leadership training. TAB works throughout the year to plan and conduct youth events, including the Youth Summit, a day of service learning for students across Allegany County. Occurring annually since its inception in 2008, the Youth Summit addresses critical issues impacting local youth, as chosen by youth, with attendance averaging between 175 and 200 students from school districts throughout Allegany County.
2020 ACCORD Youth Service Award
The ACCORD Service Award honors an eleventh or twelfth grade student in the Allegany County School District that has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the war against poverty; and who has shown a commitment to ACCORD's mission, vision and core values. The recipient will be featured in ACCORD's newsletter, facebook page and website and will also receive a monetary award and certificate.
To be eligible, the applicant must be:
- Part of the Allegany County School District
- In 11th or 12th grade
- Demonstrated superior leadership in, and contributions toward the war against poverty
In addition, involvement in the following activities are considered important:
- Volunteering in the community
- Advocating for social justice
- Community mobilization and change
Your application will be submitted automatically when you click the "Submit" button after you have completed the application. Please note, the deadline for submission is Friday, July 17, 2020.
A committee of ACCORD Board Members and ACCORD employees comprised of direct service staff, supervisory and leadership will narrow the selection down to two finalists. The two finalists' applications will then be submitted to the full ACCORD Board of Directors for the final selection of the award recipient. The award recipient will then be notified by mail of his or her selection, at which time arrangements will be made for the recipient to be honored and presented with the award.