THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN IN THE VICKERY MEADOW NEIGHBORHOOD
Comprehensive afterschool programming
At Heart House, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment where self-expression, creativity, and diversity are celebrated. For more than twenty years, Heart House has been that safe space for numerous children in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood.
The majority of students at Heart House are first- or second-generation refugees and immigrants. The challenges that come with resettlement into a new country are immense; while parents focus their energy on building a new life in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, we are honored to play a small part in the lives of their children, who not only participate in our programming but actively shape and improve it.
Heart House incorporates students’ unique interests, talents, and specific needs into a holistic educational model where academic learning takes place alongside Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). We are committed to providing this holistic educational experience for students, because Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is equally essential to the healthy development of children as academic learning. When students are able to build meaningful friendships and gain a new understanding of their emotions and its effects on others, they are in a better position to succeed academically. Additionally, when students excel academically, a newfound confidence and belief in themselves facilitates their social emotional development. These twofold processes inform programming at Heart House, and that is what makes Heart House unique.
Head, Heart, Hands Program (H3)
Heart House provides a safe place where students can come to study after school and in the summer. We use the five guiding principles of trauma informed care—safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment—as foundations for our Head, Heart, and Hands (H3) program. Learn more about this model below.
Meeting the academic needs of students through homework tutoring, literacy support, and structured STEAM learning activities.
Meeting social-emotional learning (SEL) needs through meaningful SEL curricula, on-staff counseling services, and a cultivated culture of safety, trust, and empathy.
Providing experiential learning opportunities such as Project X and field trips, and teaching students the value of giving back through service-learning projects.
The Head, Heart, Hands program utilizes social emotional learning to improve academic performance and mental health.
SERVING K – 8TH GRADE
Who you support
Heart House serves students from K-8th grade, with class groupings of K-2nd, 3rd-4th and 5th-8th. Though each class partakes in activities unique to their interest and grade level, classes also collaborate on projects regularly and students build friendships across age groups. While students may come from reduced circumstances, every cohort has three things in common: 1) the representation of 10+ languages and dialects, 2) untethered curiosity and a love for learning, and 3) an extreme obsession with the latest Disney movie.
Favorite subject: Math, because it’s easy to me. I wish reading was easy to me too.
Future career: Depends if I decide to go to college or become a gamer. Depends on my parents.
Favorite food: Eh. Cereal.
Favorite hobbies: Playing games on my phone and watching TV. I like to watch Netflix.
Favorite subject: I think I like math because it’s easier.
Future career: I think I want to be a lawyer and a dancer. It would be helpful to make a lot of money to send to my grandparents. And I like to do TikTok dances.
Favorite food: Noodles, the 2 times spicy ones but I only put a little bit of the spicy sauce in.
Favorite hobbies: I like to watch TikTok and draw.
Favorite subject: Math, because I need to learn everything.
Aspiring future career: To be Spiderman to help people. I already help people when I’m small.
Favorite food: Pizza, because it’s so delicious.
Favorite hobbies: I like to play Roblox with my brother on the TV. Also like to go chill in our backyard.
Favorite subject: Reading, because it’s easy and I like to read chapter books.
Future career: A WNBA player or a doctor. I feel like I want to help others. My brother has asthma and I can help him.
Favorite food: Spaghetti with bacon, the way my mom makes it.
Favorite hobbies: Going on my phone or playing with my brothers outside. I don’t like to stay inside all the time.
Favorite subject: Math because we do times (multiplication) and I’m really good at it.
Aspiring future career: A science teacher because you can tell how fast an airplane goes.
Favorite food: McDonald’s French fries
Favorite hobbies: Playing Roblox and watching TV. I cracked our TV though…with a pencil.
Favorite subject: Math, because it’s fun. I like writing the numbers and counting.
Future career: Doctor, so if my brother or mom got sick I can help them.
Favorite food: Chocolate cake.
Favorite hobbies: Playing soccer and going to the playground.
Favorite subject: I like every subject. My mom says the main things to focus on are math and reading.
Future career: Vet. I like insects. My mom says I can get a dog if I take good care of a rock. Or when I turn 16.
Favorite food: Rice and everything my mom and dad cook.
Favorite hobbies: Playing Roblox and giving water to our pepper plant. It’s growing.
Favorite subject: Art. It’s very interesting and calming, except my classmates.
Future career: An artist, a doctor or a singer.
Favorite food: King crabs, and I never tried dumplings, but I think I’d like them.
Favorite hobbies: Playing with my tablet and dreaming about helping my cousin decorate her new house.
Favorite subject: Science because we make ice cream in science class.
Aspiring future career: I want to be a teacher because teachers work hard and give homework.
Favorite food: Chicken nugget from McDonald’s, Chick Fil-A, strawberries, carrots and lettuce.
Favorite hobbies: Playing Roblox on my computer.