Since 2005, the Wakeman Outreach at McKinley has provided after-school programs for McKinley's diverse student population and volunteer opportunities for area high school students. The Outreach focuses on improvement of students' social skills, general health/fitness and academic performance. The Outreach also helps open the door to participation in after-school programs and summer camps at the Clubhouses.
More than 160 McKinley students participated in Wakeman programs last year. The Wakeman Mentoring Programs serves more than 80 McKinley students and 110 teen volunteers during the school year. Through after-school mentoring and tutoring, McKinley students gain a consistent role model and strengthened academic skills while teens develop patience, compassion and knowledge while exploring careers working with youth, fulfilling high school community service requirements or just giving back to others.
Enrichment programs include hour long classes at McKinley three days a week in six-week sessions throughout the school year. Some recent classes include: Fitness Fanatics, Field Games, Scooter Mania, Soccer Fanatics and more. More than 85 McKinley students participated in fitness and athletic classes last year. A STEM program for 3rd-5th graders was added in the fall of 2016. Art Class was added in the spring of 2017, and a longtime favorite class Board Games & Chess Club also returned.
3rd-5th graders can also sign up for bus transportation from school to the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse's After School Program.