Georgia ILP

Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Afterschool Care Program

The Georgia Department of Human Services’ Afterschool Care Program is administered through the Division of Family and Children Services. The program is designed to support DHS’ broader goal of promoting self-sufficiency among families and ending intergenerational poverty. Educational attainment and healthy living are key factors in preventing future welfare dependency among today’s youth, particularly youth of economically disadvantaged families. Structured out-of-school programs, such as afterschool and summer programs, can play a critical role in motivating youth to reach a high level of educational attainment, as well as provide youth with an opportunity to improve physical fitness activity and gain exposure to good nutrition habits. By providing funding through a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Statement of Need (SON) solicitation process, DHS partners with community-based organizations and public agencies throughout the state of Georgia to provide afterschool and summer services to children and youth.

Mission

Provide resources to youth-serving organizations within the state of Georgia who serve families within low-to-moderate income communities during the out-of-school time.

Vision

Ensure every child and teenager has access to quality youth development programming within their community.

Goals

• Strengthen communities by supporting relationship building, coordinating service delivery, and building the capacity of local institutions and organizations to meet the needs of youth.


• Strengthen families by informing them of available resources within their communities.


• Strengthen youth by providing opportunities to establish a relationship with a caring adult, participate in project-based and/or apprenticeship-based learning experiences and engage in year-round or summer work experiences that prepare for life beyond the school-age years.


• Strengthen youth-serving organizations and institutions by providing funding that builds their capacity to design, implement, and sustain quality youth development programs year-round.