Building 21st Century Skills from Zero to Adulthood
Guided by our commitment to open doors, MLCS provides multiple points of entry into our organization to people across the age continuum--from ages 0 to adulthood. We begin by engaging parents of preschoolers in family-based playgroups and parenting education designed to help families learn how to build a cognitive-rich home environment. We collaborate with partners like Countdown to Kindergarten to strengthen the school-readiness pipeline.
Our youth programs promote and support the development of personal, academic, expressive art, and life skills for youth between 13 and 17 years old. They include our Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) an arts-based social justice and empowerment program for teens and the Gentlemen's Empowerment and Mentorship (GEM) program, a mentorship and support program for young men.
Our programs continue into adulthood where we help families to create food, housing, and economic security and stability through one-to-one case management. Tech and Learning Lab offerings include Technology Goes Home (TGH), Job search and placement support, and Eastiecoders, a coding program for individuals ages 16 & up.