After School Grand Opening
Mayor Spano at CLUSTER’s community After School Program Ribbon Cutting
Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano attended the “Grand Opening” of CLUSTER’s new Community After School Program site on Thursday, April 5th at 3:30PM. The Mayor along with Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Westchester Legislators Virginia Perez and Yonkers City Council President, Chuck Lesnick and members, Chris Johnson and Michael Sabatino, and Mr. Mark Soja joined CLUSTER Board members and Executive Director, Toni Volchok for the Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening. The new Program site is located at Jackson Terrace on 105 Herriot Street.
For over 30 years, CLUSTER’s After School Program has provided academic support and enrichment activities for children in grades K-6, from low-income families residing in southwest Yonkers. The children receive an enriched educational experience which complements their school day. The program offers students and parents a safe and structured environment. This after school program also provides opportunities for high school youth to work with the younger children as “mentors”, helping the children with homework, reading, or with other enrichment projects.
Formerly housed at the Chema Center, the Community After School Program moved to its new, larger facility in Jackson Terrace, which allows for an arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a dedicated homework and study area and an outside courtyard where the children can learn about gardening.
Toni Volchok, Executive Director of CLUSTER stated that “CLUSTER is proud to continue providing critical after school services for children and families in Southwest Yonkers. We would like to thank Mark Soja, owner of Jackson Terrace, for providing this wonderful space for the After School Program. He has gone out of his way to make this site a bright, warm and welcoming place for the children. We would also like to thank all of our public and private funders who support the After School Program”.
The CLUSTER After School Program is funded by City of Yonkers, St. Faith’s House Foundation, The Anbinder Foundation, Hitachi America, LTD. and many smaller private donations.