Goodman Community Center | Lussier LOFT Middle School

The Goodman Community Center offers programs for middle school youth designed to enhance their success at school, at home and in the community. We offer opportunities for exercise, relaxation, study and community service.

Our middle school programming aims to support youth in their holistic development by providing programming rooted in:

  • Academic development and support
  • Promoting community engagement and life skill development
  • Engaging youth in health and wellness experiences and education

Middle School School-Year Programming

The Lussier LOFT Program is an enrollment after-school program for middle- and high-school students, offered free of charge to youth and families looking for fun, exercise, quality staff and facilities, and help with homework. We provide snacks and meals to all participants. Our Middle School program offers transportation from two area middle schools: O'Keeffe and Sherman.

We have put a lot of energy into making this a fun, engaging, and supportive after-school option to help guide young people through these challenging years. We would love to have your youth with us this school year, in a structured and supportive environment. This program will offer all opportunities free of charge.

We provide school pick-up for O'Keeffe, Whitehorse, and Sherman students. We also offer take-home transportation on a case-by-case basis for youth in the service area mapped here.

Middle School Study Sessions

Youth enrolled in study sessions will be engaged in academic support through both in school and out of school academic case management and tutoring support. Daily homework assistance will be available as well as subject specific support. GCC staff will communicate with school day staff to ensure support and connection from the school day to afterschool setting. Staff will also engage and collaborate with youth in developing study skills and accessing resources.

Youth enrolled in study sessions will be provided transportation from school to GCC program if they attend O’Keeffe or Sherman middle schools.

Youth Leadership Council

Our Youth Leadership council promotes and empowers youth voice through a project based learning model. Youth will investigate social, civic and community issues and develop service projects and events throughout the year collaborating between peers, community partners and staff. Youth involved in youth council will gain experience developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Youth Leadership council members play a vital role in establishing and modeling Youth presence and representation within Goodman Community Center, they will serve as the representative voice of older youth programming.

Girls Inc.

Our Girls Inc. program inspires our Girls to be STRONG, SMART and BOLD. The Girls Inc. experience is created through six essential elements of program; Mentoring relationships, intentional programming, research-based curriculum, interactive activities, sustained exposure and a girls-only environment. Girls Inc. empowers our young women to believe in their rights and abilities.

MAScK (Men Always Seeking Change & Knowledge)

This program seeks to empower and engage our young men in life skill development, community engagement and health and wellness activities. We strive to create a network of male support which inspires active involvement in the community. Our Goodmen will gain experience building leadership, communication and collaborative skills as they build individual and group identity.

FYI (Fit Youth Initiative)

All middle and high school youth will be engaged in FYI activities. Our FYI program seeks to engage youth, families and the community in health and wellness activities ranging from active options to nutrition education. There will be a variety of opportunities offered throughout the year for youth and families to get their FYI on!

For more information about Middle School at the Lussier LOFT contact:

Howard Hayes

Middle School - Assistant Director of Youth & Community Development
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The Goodman Community Center's middle school programs for youth grades 6-8 are made possible by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, the City of Madison, United Way of Dane County and the generous support of our donors. As a Community Learning Center (CLC), GCC's afterschool programs provide youth with academic and social-emotional enrichment opportunities.

We regularly evaluate the impact of our programs. Annual program reports are made available upon request.