Next Generation Focus, Inc. (NGF) announced the intent to apply for 21st CCLC funds at the first
meeting of the Advisory Council on November 1, 2018. A public notice was subsequently posted on
the NGF website informing the community of this. Members of the Advisory Council consist of
stakeholders such as school administrators and parents, community partners such as Norcross First
United Methodist Church (NFUMC) and Norcross Cooperative Ministry, as well as local business
partners such as State Farm, Infinity Tax and Accounting Services, and Sovereign Systems.
Following the submission of the 21st CCLC proposal, the application will be posted to the NGF
website and Baldwin Elementary School website for public review.
SmarterMe® Baldwin was developed by NGF together with community members, business partners,
school staff, and parents to fill the void that exists during the afterschool hours in one of the lowest
performing school districts, and to enhance the lives and opportunities of disadvantaged
communities. This proposal is submitted in partnership with Baldwin Elementary School.
SmarterMe® Baldwin will serve “at-risk” K-5 students and their parents in a high-crime, lowincome
area of Norcross, Georgia. The afterschool and Saturday programs will serve 120 students
and the summer program will serve 80 students. SmarterMe® Baldwin will provide academically
enriching activities that foster academic and social development. SmarterMe® Baldwin will focus
on literacy through high-impact activities that research has shown will enhance students’ reading
fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension development. Additionally, SmarterMe® Baldwin will
provide a focus on science and technology through our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and
Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) activities in which students will engage in hands-on, project-based
learning that incorporates science and technology with the arts. The students will also participate in
health and nutrition and college readiness programs. Parents will participate in workshops to
improve their involvement in and commitment to their children’s education. The program will also
serve high school teens by recruiting and training students from Norcross High School and Paul
Duke STEM High School to serve as tutors to elementary school students. The purpose of this is
twofold: one, to build high school teen self-esteem, self-confidence, and civic-mindedness, and two,
to provide elementary school students with peer mentoring relationships. Approximately 4-5 high
school teens will be recruited for SmarterMe® Baldwin. The 34-week afterschool program will
operate for 4 days per week during the school year, for 3 hours a day from 3-6 pm, and on Saturdays
from 9 am to 12 pm. The afterschool and Saturday programs will be conducted at Baldwin ES. A
7-week summer program will be provided at Norcross First United Methodist Church Mondays
through Thursdays from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
The intended outcomes of SmarterMe® Baldwin are fourfold: 1) Improve student academic
achievement as measured by the Georgia Milestones Assessments, 2) Improve student physical wellbeing,
as measured by FITNESSGRAM in alignment with the Georgia Shape initiative, 3) Increase
parental involvement in their children’s education, as measured by parent workshop attendance logs
and parent surveys, 4) Improve high school teen character, as measured by high school attendance
records and written self-assessment activities.
The full grant proposal may be viewed by clicking HERE.