Our Youth Academic and Enrichment Programs provide kids in our community with the educational support and extracurricular activities that empower them to achieve academic success and become well-rounded adults.
After School Program
Belong! runs an after-school program for elementary school students. Our staff diligently plans a meaningful, warm, positive, and safe learning environment for students who will benefit from extra academic support in a small group setting. The program helps our students excel in their academic endeavors – reinforcing math skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary while also forging positive social skills and strengthening relationships.
Belong! always welcomes volunteers to support our after-school program. With more volunteers, we can increase the number of kids we reach.
Volunteer tutors will work weekly with small groups of 2-3 children to provide academic support in math and reading through games, read alouds, an other fun activities. The time commitment is 1.5-2 hours per week. We will provide training, activities, and on-going support to make your experience a rewarding one.
To learn more about our tutoring volunteer opportunities, you can see the full Job Description here.
If interested in serving as a volunteer tutor, please complete the Volunteer Application here. You will also need to attend a short Belong! orientation. To work with children, we also require an interview (via Zoom or in person) and a background check. We look forward to meeting you, and having you join the Belong! community.
Summer Academic and Enrichment Camp
Last summer, our academic and enrichment camp was a source of joy, connection, and support for rising 1st through 7th graders and their families. Belong!'s volunteers provided game-based academic and arts instruction, helping kids enjoy math, science, writing, art, drama, and reading in a fun and creative environment. Special visitors provided opportunities to learn about yoga, soccer, sustainable engineering, service dogs, healthy eating, and more.
Our team of volunteers worked hard to provide exciting and creative challenges while keeping kids safe during the coronavirus crisis. Children had a chance to form new friendships, play, explore new activities, and get ready for the next school year. It was an unforgettable time for both children and volunteers!
Summer Camp Volunteers 2022 - Done for 2022. Watch for 2023 opportunities!
Station Leaders or Group Guides: We need volunteers to lead this year's summer camp activities (Science, Math, Storytime, Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Recreation) or work as group guides. Click here to see Station Leader volunteer Job Description and here to see Group Guides volunteer job description.
Food Prep and Serving: Volunteers in this role help with prepping and serving food to our campers. It is an ideal opportunity for those who can only commit for a couple of hours one or more days.
Enrichment Visitors Needed: We need volunteers with specialized skills and talents to share with our students. You would present a 35-minute talk and activity twice during one day of our camp. The skills/talents we are looking for are in any of the following areas:
Animals – volunteers with any sort of knowledge of animals– rescue animals, guide dogs, snakes, wild birds of prey, etc.
International Talents – Teach our campers a song or dance. Help them cook or prepare a unique food. Show them how to make and play an indigenous instrument or create a traditional kind of art.
The Arts – Do you enjoy storytelling? What about teaching a short class on painting, pottery, yarn art, book-making, or origami? We also welcome group art projects such as painting a small mural.
Other projects/areas of expertise you can share with the campers:
A quick gardening project
Wind power or solar energy, or another environmental project
An interactive demonstration of how our water, electric, or other system runs
A bike safety demonstration
Cooking – making ice cream or baking bread
Simple science experiments
A project involving sharing or philanthropy
Your own unique idea!
Animal Planet - June 27 - July 1, 8:30am-3:30pm
Around the World - July 5 - July 8, 8:30am-3:30pm
Wide World of Art - July 11 - July 15, 8:30am-3:30pm
Jerusalem Marketplace (Christian Theme) - July 18 - July 22, 8:30am-3:30pm*
*Week 4 is a Vacation Bible School Christian Camp in conjunction with Vienna Presbyterian Church.
Location: Church For All Nations, across from Cedar Lane Shopping Center
See the video below to get a sense of how much fun we had in last year's camp!!!
Thank You, Church For All Nations
Thank you, Church for All Nations for sharing your facilities and allowing us to run our programs. Our students and staff are grateful to have a safe space where they can learn, play, and enjoy each other’s company.
Belong! offers camps during school holiday breaks to keep students engaged while having lots of fun. It also provides support to parents who cannot take time off of work when children are off from school.
Our campers are exposed to a wide range of activities designed to keep them engaged and stimulate their creativity. Students get a chance to go on field trips, participate in STEM activities, arts and crafts, sports, drama, music, and socialize with new and old friends.
During our last Spring Break Camp, students were visited by a couple of soft and furry alpacas and the cutest baby goat!
Working to Improve Reading Skills Through University Partnerships
Through a partnership with both Townson University's Reading Clinic (Maryland) and the George Mason University’s (GMU) Sturtevant Center for Literacy, Belong! helped 25 elementary school students access up to 20 hours of personalized reading support via Zoom with trainee reading specials. Each student received one-on-one specialized instruction that addressed their individual needs.
Belong! is proud to provide effective ways to enhance the academic success of our students.