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Middle & High School Afterschool

The Goodman Community Center offers programs for middle and high 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. We're proud of our special facilities for girls and boys in middle and high school, located within the Lussier LOFT.

Our Middle and High 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.

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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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The Lussier LOFT is offering afterschool enrichment programming for High School youth this fall. 

See the High School tab below for specific offerings.
Ages: 9th – 12th grade 
Days: Monday – Friday 
Times: 03:30pm – 6:30pm 
Fee: FREE for all participants.  

Contact Weethne Dorvil, High School Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-241-1574, ext. 8076.

Teens are welcome to come to the LOFT on the regular (2+ days per week) or register for clubs at the links below.

LOFT Regular | LOFT Clubs


The Goodman Community Center's middle and high school programs for youth grades 6-12 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), Goodman's after school programs provide youth with academic and social-emotion enrichment opportunities.

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

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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!!

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The Lussier LOFT High School Enrichment Program at the Goodman Community Center provides afterschool opportunities for teens in grades 9 through 12. Teens are able to participate in clubs and mini-courses that will equip them with skills related to college and career readiness, leadership, community engagement, health and wellness, and social-emotional learning, as well as all-around support.

These opportunities are currently available for Fall 2020/2021. You can come to the LOFT on the regular (2+ days per week) or register for clubs at the links below.

LOFT Regular | LOFT Clubs

Computer Lab Drop-in 
This is a designated time where you can drop by Goodman and utilize our teen lounge to complete homework, utilize computers and WI-FI for academic and social enrichment. High School staff will be available for support.

The Future is Now 
Figuring out careers can be extremely difficult. This mini course will help you identify your interest and skills and connect those to career avenues. We will also focus on informational interviews and connect students with internships if possible. By the end of this course, students should have a better understanding of their career interest and opportunities within the Madison area.

Change Your Character 
Using the world of online video games to bring teens together to compete against one another and work together to overcome different challenges in an array of games. Playing many current games like Among us, NBA 2k, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros and other games of your choice. Using different platforms to get everyone a chance to show their skills against competitors building on respect and communication in victory and defeat.

East Sport Study Table 
GCC is working alongside the East High School Football team to provide academic support through a virtual study hall format.

Africa Club 
Africa Club is a sponsored CLC Club through the Goodman Community Center's LOFT High School program. The High School programming based at the Goodman Center aims to support youth in their holistic development by providing programming rooted in: academic development and support, promoting community engagement and life skill development, and engaging youth in health and wellness experiences and education.

Youth Council 
Youth Council focuses on building and sharpening youth leadership. You will learn about leadership framework and styles and also work along with leadership at the Goodman Center to discuss youth needs at the Center and within the broader community.

Hip-Hop Club 
Hip-Hop Club is a space where youth can come together and work on their passion within the elements of Hip-Hop. We focus on music writing, beat making, performance/delivery and recording tracks. This club meets at the Goodman Center on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm, and we also have the option of meeting virtually.

Get Here and Vote 
This mini-course will engage students in the history and process of voting in the United States. There will be an opportunity for students to assist with voter registration and absentee ballot tables here at GCC.

Above the Rim 
During this mini course, you will learn and participate in different fitness activities that are fun as well as safe for our current times. This will help students stay active and healthy and learn innovative activities to use independently.

Peace of Mind 
Giving the space for you to talk and hang out with other students that want to talk about different life challenges. Focusing mainly on social media, peer pressure and what is expected of you as a high school student. There will also be space to bring up your own topics and have an open discussion that can lead to a better understanding or more comfort in the topic. By the end of this mini course, you should have a better feeling of understanding yourself and others and how different things effect different people.