Youth Education & Leadership Development

Focusing on social-emotional, leadership, and positive self-identity skills.

Elementary School


(Academic Center for Excellence)

ACE develops the academic talents, leadership skills and character of elementary age children. Through year-round programming, we build lasting relationships with the children and their families and we foster academic, emotional, social and spiritual growth.

ACE is a faith-based academic enrichment and leadership development program designed to serve elementary school youth of Madison. We offer a six-week, full-day, summer program and are looking to expand to provide school year, after-school, opportunities as well.

The ACE program focuses on the fundamentals of math and literacy in order to strengthen core academic skills. We are also intent on developing the character, leadership skills and positive cultural identity of each participant.

The Vision of ACE is: To build young leaders and increase academic achievement, by developing a positive cultural identity, coaching in self-awareness and personal management strategies, and creating empowering learning environments, so youth can love, learn, and thrive.

Thanks to our partnership with Lighthouse Christian School there will be no cost for registration this year. 

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Middle School


(Building Real Opportunities That Help Everyone Rise)

This program helps African American boys work through a curriculum of key issues related to the transition to adulthood. We engage a curriculum that targets the spiritual, mental, and physical well being of our young boys (grades 6-8).

We employ a highly relational approach through the use of staff and consistent, mature, long-term volunteers who serve as coaches and mentors. The program is comprised of weekly meetings at a school location, additional monthly Saturday gatherings, field trips, and a rites of passage experience.

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High School


(Learning Is our Greatest Hope for Tomorrow)

LIGHT is an after school program for high school students (currently at West and East High Schools) that focuses on academic enrichment in a fun, positive and safe environment. LIGHT is for all high school youth, especially those who are at risk for academic failure and those who may need additional support and services to be successful and reach their full potential in life. A conscientious effort is made to target African-American youth.

We employ a highly relational approach through the use of staff and consistent, mature, long-term volunteers who serve as coaches and mentors. In addition to the after school program we offer various workshops, field trips and occasional week-long college tours.

Beyond the academic focus our goals are to strengthen each participant in the areas of goal setting, personal development plans, motivation, empowerment, leadership development and pursuing post-secondary education.

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In the face of negative statistics,

We need to provide supportive and encouraging environments where African American students can thrive.