Stay After with Us
The Greater Wichita YMCA's Middle School After School Program (MSASP) provides a safe, supervised environment where students can receive academic support, explore and develop new skills and interests, enjoy a nutritious snack, participate in structured, physical activities, and have fun with peers and positive role models. Students have FREE daily access to two hours of programming that follows best practices for the age group.
Now in its 22nd year - MSASP is a model program partnership between the Community Development branch of the Greater Wichita YMCA (funds and operates the program) and Wichita Public Schools / USD 259 (provides school sites and educators for staffing).
To participate, all students must submit a registration and waiver form (available in several languages at area middle schools) completed by a parent or guardian. Questions? Contact Senior Program Director Tyrone Baker by phone at 316.776.8172 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Goals and Impacts
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4,166 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in 15 middle schools participated in the Greater Wichita YMCA’s MSASP program. Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) performed an independent evaluation* of the impact of MSASP participation (versus non-participation) for the academic years between Fall 2015 and Spring 2018 and found benefits - empirical and perceived.
- 40% of students, on average, attending MSASP schools participated in the program
- Absenteeism was 40% lower among participating students
- Disciplinary incidents were 54% less likely to involve participating students
- Participants were 78% more-likely to share feeling "encouraged to learn new skills"
- 84% of participants believed MSASP leaders "cared about their academic progress"
- 86% of participants and 92% of their parents said MSASP improved grades**
- Students (63%) and parents (84%) said MSASP participation increased physical activity