Live, Learn, Play 


Introducing Live, Learn, Play ARP ESSER programs 

RPS 205 views the ARP ESSER funds as an opportunity to dramatically extend the student day, week, and year. We believe these funds serve as a Call to Action to all of us – from the classroom to the boardroom to the living room – to re-imagine our partnerships.

With ARP-ESSER planning, Illinois P-20 Council has given recommendations for schools on how to best utilize their funding to support students. Specifically, the funding devoted to learning loss, as defined by the United States Department of Education, is designed to target students' academic and social-emotional needs by extending the day and/or year. A community Call to Action was sent out on January 15th requesting community organizations to develop proposals to help support our students.

The opportunities listed are FREE to RPS Students! 

For more information, contact Maureen Kirschmann, Family and Community Engagement Manager, at 

Community-Based Enrichment Programs

Grace United Methodist Church

Grace United Methodist Church runs a garden club for children who live at The Grove at Keith Creek. The team works with students to recognize and manage their emotions, work together, and contribute to the well-being of themselves and others in their community through nutrition and diet. A chef teaches students how to prepare nutritious foods using the vegetables in the garden. Students are given recipes and the ingredients to replicate the meal at home. 


The Grove at Keith Creek - S Newtowne Dr, Rockford, IL 61108 

Every Wednesday May 1st - Nov 1st 2023

Rockford Park District/Washington Park Community Center

The Rockford Park District is collectively committing to extended learning times for students so they can grow personally and academically in support environments that meet the needs of all students. Washington Park provides students with mentors, tutors, and social-emotional support to help students thrive.

Address of Program Operation: 

Targeted Schools: Auburn High School, Kennedy Middle School, RESA Middle School, Ellis Elementary School, Lewis Lemon Elementary School, McIntosh Elementary School, Welsh Elementary School, Westview Elementary School, Conklin Elementary School, and Haskell Elementary School 

Location | Hours

Washington Park Community Center - 3617 Delaware St, Rockford, IL 61102 

School Year:

Mon - Fri 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturdays 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Summer Camp:

June 19 - August 18th, 2023

June 17th - August 16th, 2024 

For more information, or to register, call 815-987-8800

YMCA Youth Enrichment Center

The Youth Enrichment Center is a solution for parents who seek a safe environment where students can learn and participate in enrichment activities under the supervision of caring adults. The Y seeks to offer expanded reflective programming and support students’ development beyond education, including, their social-emotional, mental, physical wellness, and recreational needs. 

Location | Hours

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd - 1829 N Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL 61109 

Monday - Friday
School days: 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Summer: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

For more information, or to register, click here 

Boys & Girls Club

The Academic Success Project helps youth develop and follow a path to reach their educational goals. Live, Learn, Play is funding an expansion of an already existing, and highly successful, program. The program runs out of all four Boys and Girls Club locations and utilizes research-based methods that address the needs of students who struggle academically. Students receive targeted reading and math support through small-group interventions in a fun and engaging environment. The Academic Success Project runs afterschool, Monday-Thursday and on Saturdays. 

The Targeted Outreach Program Mentorship is a multi faceted program with school based locations at Auburn, Guilford, Jefferson, and East High Schools, as well as each of their four club locations. This program is designed to help address issues that effect many students at the high school levels, including: substance abuse, violence/gangs, and low academic performance. Targeted Outreach will focus on raising academic performance, lowering level of suspensions, lowering the drop-out rate, raising the number of students who are on track in 9th grade, and raising graduation rates by utilizing their evidence based strategies through their SMART Moves curriculum.

Blackhawk Club: 330 15th Ave., Rockford, 61104

Fairgrounds Club: 609 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, 61101

Flodin Club: 988 S. Lyford Rd., Rockford, 61108

Orton Keyes: 635 Ranger St., Rockford,  61109

For more information or to register, click here

Rockford Areas Arts Councils

ASAP!: After School Art Program

The RAAC arts enrichment programming is hosted at Washington Park Community Center, where students will have exposure to and experience the arts through a variety of art mediums, one-on-one artist mentorship, and life skills and job skills development. Through the process of creating art, students learn how to set goals and identify how to overcome obstacles by creating strategies for achievement. 


Washington Park Community Center: 3617 Delaware St, Rockford, IL 61102


Time: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Days: Monday - Thursday

This program is open to any RPS students with a focus on Ellis Elementary, Lewis Lemon Elementary, McIntosh Elementary, Westview Elementary, Welsh Elementary, Kennedy Middle School, West Middle School, RESA Middle School

Studio Saturdays

Studio Time: Noon - 4:00 pm

Camp Days: Saturdays

Camp Dates: June 26th, 2022 - August 2024

ArtsPlace Summer Program

Address of Program Operation: 3617 Delaware St, Rockford, IL 61102

Targeted Schools: Ellis Elementary, Lewis Lemon Elementary, McIntosh Elementary, Westview Elementary, Welsh Elementary, Kennedy Middle School, West Middle School, RESA Middle School

Schedule: June 19th - August 18th 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

School-Based Enrichment Programs

Stateline Youth for Christ

Stateline Youth for Christ offers two mentoring programs serving RPS high school students True North and Project Foundations.
Project True North seeks to provide Guilford and East students with an extended-time program geared toward cultivating positive decision-making and providing social, emotional, and behavioral assistance and positive role models for students participating in this program. Project True North provides students who participate in this program a safe space to talk with mentors about issues they may be experiencing.
Project Foundations is to provide an extended-time SEL group for Jefferson students to help participants with life skills that will assist them in learning to work well with others while also promoting healthy emotional regulation patterns and coping skills when responding to anxiety, anger, and depression. Both Project Foundation and True North seek to meet the students' social, emotional, and academic needs at Jefferson, East, and Guilford High Schools.

2022-2023 Schedule

9/19/2022 - 12/16/2022

1/23/2023 - 6/1/2023

Antwon Harris Group

Antwon Harris Group, LLC is a mentoring program that will serve students at Roosevelt, East, and Jefferson High Schools as well as Lincoln and West Middle School through the group's self-equity project. The Self-Equity program helps students with social-emotional learning, mental fitness, self-care, and navigating trauma due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of emotional intelligence.

2022-2023 & 2023-2024 School Years