These centers provide safe and supportive learning environments which serve as an after-school alternative for many at-risk youth living in public housing. The centers are equipped with computer labs to enhance learning. Youth are able to receive one-on-one assistance that they would not receive at home. Through these programs, youth are able to increase their math and reading comprehension skills along with developing self-esteem and confidence.
Each after-school program has a youth development component. The Housing Authority engages youth in sports programs, nutrition classes, and music lessons, etc. These programs support self-esteem, self-expression, team building, and creates positive social interaction through recreation, gender specific groups and youth leadership and assist youth in discovering skills and qualities within themselves.
Additionally, at the Family Learning Centers, services are provided to promote economic self-sufficiency through the provision of educational workshops, and classes such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer skills that can lead to gainful employment. The goal is for residents to become active and successful members of their communities. Workforce development activities provide comprehensive services which include: skills assessments, job counseling and placement assistance, employment skills development, credit counseling and family budget assistance.