Civic Nebraska, Raymond Central partner on before-, after-school enrichment

The Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program will launch in August 2020 at Valparaiso and Ceresco elementary schools.


Civic Nebraska will partner with Raymond Central Public Schools this fall to serve the district’s families and elementary students with a new before- and after-school program.

The Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program will launch in August 2020 at Valparaiso and Ceresco elementary schools. This will be the first year for before- and after-school programs at Raymond Central and will be Civic Nebraska’s eighth school-based youth civic leadership program in Nebraska.

The initiative, which was announced to members of the Raymond Central community in January, offers supervised before- and after-school programs, after-school clubs, high-quality academic and learning experiences and enrichment opportunities. It also will provide a range of integrated support services for children, families, and the greater Raymond Central community.

Civic Nebraska’s before- and after-school programs in Omaha and Lincoln continually perform above state averages in terms of parent and student satisfaction. Civic Nebraska also coordinates several outside-of-school clubs and initiatives around the state.

The partnership is made possible in part with generous support from the Raymond Central Education Foundation, which promotes and enhances excellence throughout the school district. 

“Working with the administration and Civic Nebraska has allowed the Foundation to be a part of bringing a quality before- and after-school program to our district,” Foundation President Miranda Kliment said. “Civic Nebraska brings a robust program to our youth that will propel them forward as students and members of our communities.”

The partnership is a natural fit with Raymond Central’s mission of providing a positive and challenging learning environment that prepares students to be responsible citizens in an ever-changing society, Superintendent Derrick Joel said. 

“I appreciate the leadership of our RC Foundation, who connected with Civic Nebraska,” Joel said. “Without either of these partnerships, Raymond Central would not be able to provide a program where students will find academic support, be inspired to pursue interests, and build meaningful relationships. This will provide working parents with the security of knowing their children are in a safe environment among caring adults.”

Civic Nebraska focuses on developing participants’ critical thinking, civic leadership, and problem-solving skills, said Charity Iromuanya, Civic Nebraska’s Youth Leadership Programs Manager.

“Students who can think critically about, and make meaning of, the world around them are better able to succeed in their individual environments,” Iromuanya said. “We are excited to join Raymond Central’s mission in building these cornerstones of active and productive citizenship.”

Overall, our Youth Civic Leadership programs serve about 1,500 youth a day. For more on the new Raymond Central program, click here.

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