The JAYS (Joining to Achieve Youth Success) after-school program, open to all students at the Jeannette Middle School, is an educational program where the learning experience is approached through fun and varied activities and topics. The program runs Monday – Thursday from 3:20 pm to 6:00 pm.
JAYS strives to offer a wide variety of activities to make students more aware of the world around them and of career opportunities ahead of them. Hands on experiential activities in various fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provide awareness to JAYS students, enhance skills in these areas and enhance life skills, i.e., working together, team work, communication, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving. During the Homework period, university interns/practicum students from Seton Hill University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and St. Vincent College are available to tutor JAYS members in any of the major subject areas.
JAYS Program objectives:
- Improve grades and provide supplemental educational program activities.
- Enhance positive behavior and decrease the number of detentions students receive
- Give by doing community stewardship
- Provide a safe environment for kids during out of school hours
- Recreational activity
- Promote positive youth development, life skills and character education