21st Century Community Learning Center
The "No Child Left Behind " Federal Legislative Act of 2001 established 21st Century Community Learning Centers "after-school" programs. The objective of community learning centers is to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children

PAAC – Communities Closing the Gap
The PAAC operates three Kanawha County based afterschool and summer 21st Century Community Learning Centers for youth grades K through 12. Each center is committed to providing an environment that supports mastery of core subject areas, with emphasis placed on STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) activities, and the opportunity to develop learning and innovation skills, information, media and technology skills, and life and career skills.

21st Century Community Learning Center

Institute Church of the Nazarene WLAC
208 Washington Avenue
Institute, WV 25112

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
314 Donnally Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Levi Missionary Baptist Church Annex
5125 Church Drive
Rand, WV 25306


PAAC uses the Developmental Assets Model created by the Search Institute as the foundation for creating a supportive environment. The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.


Reader's Theater
Develops and strengthens Reading Fluency

Junior Achievement
Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy

Second Step
Character Development and Violence Prevention

Too Good for Drugs
Drug Prevention through Building Resiliency Skills

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