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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. 

LOFT Webpage Photo w logo MiddleOur 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.

To our FAMILIES:

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

To our COMMUNITY:

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

2020/2021 School Year

The Lussier LOFT is offering full-day programming for Middle School youth this fall. 

In addition to programs designed to enhance youth success at school, at home and in their community, the LOFT will also provide virtual learning assistance and tutoring.

Ages: 6th – 8th grade
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (closed on Wednesday)
Times: 9am – 4:30pm
Fee: FREE for all participants.

Priority will be given to students who attend Whitehorse or O’Keeffe.

Contact Alejandra Becerril Estrada, Assistant Director of Youth Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8014.

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Photo by Laura Zastrow Photography.


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 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
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
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
Arthur, Middle School Manager
Hello, my name is Arthur Morgan. I'm the Middle School Manager here in the Lussier LOFT Teen Center. I have been blessed to be a part of the Goodman Center for 25 years. I've worked in many positions at GCC but spent most of my 25 years working with middle 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.

 

Howard
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!!!!!