Program Administrator: Ruben Goodwin, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (Partner/Supporter Contact)
In January 2017, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club extended its outreach to Geraldine Claytor STEAM Magnet Academy in Bridgeport's West End through a partnership with the City of Bridgeport's Lighthouse After School Program. The school, which also opened in January 2017, focuses on Science & Math interpreted through Engineering and Arts based in Math. The after school program also follows this model.
The Lighthouse Program at Claytor serves more than 50 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, with after school hours of 3:00-5:30pm. In addition to daily homework help, snack and gym games, the Claytor program also offers a variety of enrichment programming, including STEAM Lab, arts and crafts, maritime sciences, piano lessons and tennis instruction. The summer program operates for five full weeks from 8:30-5:30 and both programs include academics that support school day learning as well as athletic and recreational activities designed to motivate participants. Located several blocks from the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse, the Lighthouse Program at Claytor provides an additional after school option for families, especially those with young school age children. Additionally, a "Wakeman Walkers" program is available to 3rd-6th grade Claytor students who wish to walk to the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse directly from school at 3:10.
The City of Bridgeport "Lighthouse Program" is an innovative school/community program sponsored by the City of Bridgeport through its Department of Youth Services, School Department, and nonprofit community. It receives local, state, and federal funding as well as parent fees. The partnership of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, the City of Bridgeport and Claytor Academy provides educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities through a diversified approach to programming, and is part of the city-wide Lighthouse Program bringing together community sponsorship in 24 Bridgeport public schools to provide over 2800 students daily with a safe and supportive environment after school, and during the summer.