AYD's signature program teaches this Olympic martial art at all our program sites to develop students; self-control, confidence, and physical fitness.
AYD partners with Neighborhood Alliance's Reading Warriors in a program to boost grades and test scores of boys and girls in grades 3-5 at Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8.
Middle and High School Program
AYD's long-running program for North Side boys in grades 6-12 gets sliding grades back on track and uses group mentoring activities to build strong young men.
The 90-30-90 Program Model
For most of AYD’s history, our core afterschool program has followed a format we call “90-30-90” – 90 minutes of academic assistance and tutoring, a 30-minute supper, and 90 minutes of social and recreational classes purposely chosen and designed to develop self-control and personal responsibility.
AYD’s core programs are conducted in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Office of Out-of-School Time, and housed in public school buildings. Each school refers its most academically vulnerable students to AYD, based on poor grades, low test scores and high number of behavior referrals or suspensions. Our aim is to get students back on track academically within one year, and then sustain and build on that success through high school graduation.
AYD believes that the cycle of despair that traps many of our young members is most effectively and permanently broken by intense, results-driven intervention and long-term relationships with positive adults, many of whom are AYD alumni or longtime residents of our neighborhoods. Most of our members remain active in AYD for five or more years.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 111 students participated in AYD, with 81 of them remaining enrolled with 75% or greater attendance in our program. At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, more than three-fourths of them re-enrolled for another year.