We offer a variety of unique opportunities for Chester children, beginning in Elementary School. It is critical that children register in the early grades, to be eligible for upper level programs in Middle School. Be sure to check out our registration page to see which events or programs are currently open for enrollment.
Elementary age Chester students can participate by registering for an Open Event, like Palace Bowling, Learn-To-Skate or Camp Lionheart. These events do not require a long-term commitment. The child simply needs to be available for that one event, and needs to be the right age for that event.
Students who are willing to make a greater commitment can register for the Warrior Guides mentoring program in September. This program pairs each Chester student with a Henderson High School student for the entire school year, and together the kids enjoy monthly fun events such as a Henderson Football Game, Urban Air Trampoline Park and Bowling (events vary every year). No prior involvement with the Foundation is required.
In Middle School, Warrior Guides are encouraged to join our two- year teen leadership development program, RISE. The RISE enrollment is limited to 7th graders who have successfully completed Warrior Guides in 4th-6th grade. This program requires a greater commitment from families. Students are expected to participate in weekly meetings from October to May, along with weekend service days, field trips, retreats, workshops, social events and camp. Students return the following year as 8th and 9th graders to earn a position in the Launch program.
High school participants are invited to apply for Launch, our college and career preparation program. Launch enrollment is limited to 10th graders who have successfully completed RISE, and who are enrolled in a Chester high school serviced by Upward Bound. Upward Bound provides weekly SAT tutoring and college application preparation that is a critical part of our overall Launch program design. While Upward Bound supports students academically, monthly Launch workshops provide college and career preparation along with guest speakers from dozens of career options to inspire a more specific plan for the future. Parents are also required to attend monthly sessions, and each student is matched with a mentor who supports their progress through the program.