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Explore our Programs & School Climate

The climate of a school includes its kids and its diversity, but it includes much more than that. Fostering a positive school climate is an important aspect of school improvement efforts. It encourages collaboration among faculty and staff and motivates students to get engaged.  At South Side Academy, we want our students to be able to participate in after-school activities that enrich our students with creativity, athletic skills, and academic challenges that support the school climate.

In addition, after school clubs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for our students!


I love being a teacher at South Side Academy! The students, staff and administration are like a family. Everyone is supportive of one another and work together to provide a positive and safe learning environment for the students. I like the small class sizes which allow us to give students differentiated instruction and allows for more individual instruction and attention. The teachers work hard to create engaging lessons to make learning fun.”
— Lindsay Holsopple, 4th-5th grade math + science teacher

Network Community Partners

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • City Kids Care
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance: provides hot meals for after school programs
  • Donna DeMay Program: private donor who donates clothes, food, and uniforms every year to the school
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program
  • Girl Scouts
  • Green Team: Green Youngstown offers age appropriate environmental lessons
  • Imaginations Salon
  • Karen Kinney
  • Lions Club: invites our students with disabilities to their annual Christmas party
  • Little Free Library
  • Making Kids Count: provides donated boots through their Best Foot Forward program
  • Millcreek Metro Parks: offers field trips to the school
  • Mobile Dentist
  • Ohio Benefit Bank
  • OH Wow!: offers workshops that bring science to the kindergarten students
  • OSU Extension: provides a 10-week program that offers knowledge of nutrition and awareness. A partnership with OSU Extension and St. Pat’s Church allowed students to plant and maintain two small garden plots.
  • PANDA Junior Camp: a youth led, adult guided drug prevention program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
  • Peter Norris & wife 
  • Phantoms: Phantoms Hockey promotes health and wellness to students of the community by hosting a school day game
  • PsyCare: PsyCare counselors and social workers are housed in the school
  • Real Eyes: Real Eyes offers eye health presentations for grades k-3
  • Saint Vincent De Paul: offers food for weekender students
  • Scrappers: The Mahoning Valley Scrappers Reading Club encourages our students to set and reach goals in reading
  • Sincerely Touched Salon
  • Soles of Luv: provides students with shoes and socks
  • St. Pat’s Community Outreach: provides volunteers for school events and food for weekender students. 
  • The Holy Rosary Church
  • The Villa
  • Warrior Time: South Side after school program that offers students dinner, homework assistance, and academically and physically based programs
  • YSU Chemistry Department
  • YUMADAOP: Youngstown Urban Minority and Drug Abuse Outreach Program. YUMADAOP educators service our youth in grades 6-8 in prevention education classes every week

Community Engagement Specialist

For questions concerning community engagement or our partners, please contact the following personnel:

Kristine Shaffer, Community Engagement Specialist,  Kshaffer@southsideedu.org

Sandy Calvert, Director, Community Services, sandy@edempowerment.com