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Lussier LOFT Middle School Program

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. 

Check out the latest issue of Letters from the LOFT, the Lussier LOFT Newsletter.

LOFT Webpage Photo w logo Middle 1Our 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

To our YOUTH:

We believe you have the power to write your own story. We offer fun, inclusive opportunities to explore, learn, and create together.


We believe families are the foundation for lifelong learning and we support each other by sharing resources, responsibilities, and celebrating together.


Youth are vital members of our community and as a village, we collaborate to provide opportunities for all to move forward together.

2021/2022 School Year Programming

6th grade students begin Tuesday, September 7.

7th and 8th grade students begin Monday, September 13.

We are excited to offer after-school enrichment programs for the 2020-2021 school year! Our programs run Monday through Friday, 3-6:30pm, and are open to all middle school youth. For more info on programming, and to view our daily schedule, click here. We provide school pick-up for O'Keeffe and Sherman students and take-home transportation on a case-by-case basis for youth in the service area mapped here.

If your youth was enrolled in our summer 2021 program AND your address, emergency contact, school, and medical information hasn't change, you may fill out this shortened enrollment for fall program.


For all other youth, please fill out this enrollment form.


This enrollment form is the first step in our process. A program manager will follow up with you to confirm your enrollment and to discuss program schedule and transportation needs.

Interested in learning more about Middle School at the Lussier LOFT? Contact Ben Pate, Interim Middle School Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-284-8891.

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.

Photo by Laura Zastrow Photography.

Photo credit: Annie Sweers Photography

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 structured program will offer all opportunities free of charge:

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 School.

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)

Program for our young men seeks to empower and engage our young men in life skill development, community engagement and health and wellness activities. We seek 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!!

Alejandra, Assistant Director of Youth Programs (she/her/ella)
Hello! I'm Alejandra and I lead our amazing group of youth workers. You will meet me during your initial contact with our programs and my goal is to help our programs be as inclusive and accessible as possible. I grew up in Madison but my family's roots are in Mexico. I have a strong sense of pride in my community and my work at Goodman. I love seeing our youth develop and become leaders. Outside of Goodman, I am usually tending to my plants, spending time with my family and learning about social issues. I am always taking recommendations for my next book to read, show to watch and albums to listen to!


Carrie, LOFT Programs Assistant Manager (she/her/hers) 
Hello! I'm Carrie. I've worked with youth in community-based education for about 15 years, the last 5 with the LOFT. In my role, I support all teen programs in a variety of ways: organizing, collecting narratives and program data, supporting lesson plan development, strengthening partnerships and trying to help keep the flow going smoothly! I love how this program celebrates the good times and strengthens lives through the hard times. I enjoy getting young people outside to enjoy all the beauty in this world; spending time exploring identity, culture and community; and giving youth a space to explore who they are and understand their value and intelligence. I am thankful to be part of this LOFT family, working with people I adore and young people who inspire me endlessly. When I'm not at work, you'll find me somewhere outside with my family (hiking, biking, gardening, canoeing), reading a good book or eating something really delicious.


Arthur, Youth and Family Support Specialist
Hello, my name is Arthur Morgan. I have been blessed to be a part of the Goodman Center for more than 25 years. I've worked in many positions at GCC but spent most of my time working with middle and high school-aged youth. My vision working with youth is to give our young people a safe second home-type environment where they are surrounded by positive mentors and positive vibes to give them the inner strength they need to deal with this madness we call life. I want our youth to leave Goodman as positive young leaders.


Ben, Middle School Program Manager
Hello, my name is Ben Pate. I have been working with kids for around 7 years now. I started working in Milwaukee with a company that did athletics with preschoolers, teaching different motor skills while also doing different sports each day. I then worked with the boys and girls club of Milwaukee for a year at a bi-lingual school. Some of the most rewarding work I did was when I worked with kids that were on the spectrum and saw their development over the year. Before coming here I worked with the YMCA until COVID hit and we were not able to go into schools and do afterschool programming. So I made the decision during the time off to move back to Madison where I was raised. I knew moving back that I still wanted to work and help kids grow to be more than what was expected even of themselves to be.


Howard, Middle School Young Men's Coordinator (he/him/his)
Hey! I'm Howard, the Garden Fit and Young Men's Group Leader. Over the last 21 years of working at the Goodman Community Center, I have worked with children and youth of all ages, but for the last 6 years, I've worked in the LOFT with middle and high school youth. I've always had a passion for youth work and I believe the best way to develop and deliver meaningful programming is to incorporate youth voice. I love working with youth to develop a program that will directly benefit and enrich their lives based on their personal interests and curiosities. This year will be packed with fun adventures and new experiences! COWABUNGA!!!!!


Basil, Middle School Girls Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Hello! My name is Basil Van Deusen and I'm the Girls Middle School Coordinator here at the Lussier LOFT. I am excited to work at the Goodman Center, and meeting all of the inspiring youth in this amazing community. My goal is to support our middle school girls with life skills, academics, health and safety to show the full potential our young girls have. I will be providing Girls Inc. programing here at the Goodman Center for our middle school girls. I want to encourage our youth grow into fantastic humans and see that they have creativity, intelligence, strength, individuality and so much more. I love to have intellectual deep conversations with youth to provide a comforting and open environment of safety at Goodman. Outside of Goodman, I am usually creating art, embracing nature and exploring new places. If I'm not doing that, I'm playing video games or watching shows in the comfort of my apartment with my cats.


Phoua, PASS AmeriCorps Member
My name is Phoua Lee. I am currently a senior studying Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I was born in Thailand where I immigrated to the United States and resided in Milwaukee until I came to Madison for college. As a Hmong American who comes from a background of first-generation and low-income parents, education played a huge role in my life. Growing up, I never had a support system when it came to education because my parents never went to school. Most of my learning came from pure determination and dedication to long hours to learn English and the materials taught in school. Aside from my academics, I also did not have the best fostering of women empowerment in my home until recently. Coming from a place where I had to learn many things on my own, my interests and hopes for working with the LOFT are to provide emotional and academic support for youth. I am interested in how to provide the best responses and reinforcements for youth in order to create a safe and welcoming space where they feel their voices are valued. My hope for working with the LOFT is to learn how to interact with youth and build a sense of community. Overall, I look forward to working with youth and being a part of their journey!


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