United Way Launches Community Learning Hubs with Local Partners

Boys & Girls Club Along

The Allegheny

To Be Designated Site

Reno/Venango County, Pa –The United Way of Venango County will officially be launching Learning Hubs throughout Venango County. These learning hubs will be open for any student in Venango County that needs assistance with their school assignments. 

United Way has partnered with Youth Alternatives to bring the first 2 Learning Hubs to the Franklin and Oil City area. A third Learning Hub will be established at The Boys & Girls Club Along The Allegheny located in the Crawford Center in Emlenton. The Learning Hubs will be open with extended hours on weekdays, but parents should check with individual Hubs for exact times. Free Wi-Fi and headphones will be provided, but children should bring their own technology device (laptop, computer, tablet, and/or phone).

At the Learning Hubs, staff will help to facilitate the virtual curriculum from each child’s school district. These tasks will include; helping children get online each morning and keep them motivated and engaged virtually; troubleshooting throughout the day and checking that they are completing assignments; facilitating connections with their teachers during their office hours and other instructional supports; and being attentive to their social and emotional needs. In the afternoon, fun activities will be provided.

United Way of Venango County knows that students and parents are under a large amount of stress trying to balance homeschooling and normal life routines.  “The pressure to handle kids on a hybrid or virtual schedule and keeping them on track with their assignments is intimidating to many — especially if it is impeding the parents ability to return to work”. Said, Will Price, Executive Director of United Way of Venango County.

The community Learning Hubs are being funded by United Way of Venango County and The County of Venango.

The United Way of Venango County is currently seeking partners to provide locations for Hubs in the Cranberry School District and the Valley Grove School District areas. The locations being considered range from local church community centers, pre-existing child care centers, and more. “Students will be able to link in through the internet; they will be able to attend their classes in a timely manner, complete their work, and have an adult there to support them.”

The United Way of Venango County would like to open additional sites in the rural communities of our County after launching the initial four sites. 

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