About T.E.A.M. 21
What We Do
We are working to improve the lives of youth and be a part of building a stronger community. T.E.A.M. 21’s mission is to foster academic, social, and emotional growth among students in our community through mentorship and activities, working in concert with the schools where programming takes place.
Who We Are
T.E.A.M. 21 is a collaborative after-school and summer program serving students and their families in Wyoming, Michigan. We are a partnership between the City of Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department, Wyoming Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Godwin Heights Public Schools, and Kelloggsville Public Schools.
Who We Serve
Currently, there are fifteen schools that offer T.E.A.M. 21 programs, serving students ranging from Kindergarten to 9th grade. Last year, we served just over 2,000 students across our 4 school districts.
Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Whether you’re looking for part-time work, or just want to volunteer your time to the community, T.E.A.M. 21 is a great place to make an impact!
From internships and field studies to gaining valuable work experience in a public school district or the desire to go to work and improve a little corner of the world, our Group Leader positions are a great place to brighten a student’s day or to get a start in the fields of Education, Child and Family Services, Recreation and many other human/social services fields.
If you think the Group Leader job is a fit for you, please apply today!
If you’re looking to give back to the community, we are always looking for people with a passion for serving youth & making a difference. Volunteer involvement can be tailored to fit your skill set and schedule, ranging from homework help or English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance to helping out with arts and crafts or assisting with fitness/sports activities. Please check out our Volunteer Packet for more information.
Parent Resources - Quick Links for Parents
Here is a list of our most commonly requested documents:
How Can My Child Apply?
T.E.A.M. 21 serves students attending specific schools within the Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Godwin Heights & Kelloggsville public school districts. Our application forms can be downloaded above, under "Parent Resources - Quick Links For Parents." After you have printed and completed it, please turn it in at your child's school office.
Please note that, at many schools, T.E.A.M. 21 operates at capacity and maintains a waiting list for additional students. To ensure that T.E.A.M. 21 is serving the students who need the program the most, acceptance is based on academic performance and school staff recommendations. All interested students attending the schools noted above are encouraged to apply!
T.E.A.M. 21 is provided free of charge to all families, thanks to funding from the Michigan Department of Education and support from the City of Wyoming, Wyoming Public Schools and our three partner school districts.
What Makes T.E.A.M. 21 Special?
T.E.A.M. 21 provides a wide variety of activities, transportation for qualifying students, and after-school and summer meals. In addition, T.E.A.M. 21 offers:
- Low Staff to Student Ratio (1:12 or lower, well below state minimums and recommendations)
- Mentor Approach to Learning
- Strong Collaboration between T.E.A.M. 21 Staff and School Staff
- Wide Variety of Engaging Activities:
- Social/Emotional Wellness
- Arts & Humanities
- Character Development
- Community Service
- Civic Engagement
- Cultural Awareness
- Family Engagement
- Field Trips
Volunteer With Us!
T.E.A.M. 21 is always looking for parents & family members to get involved in the program. If you’re interested in volunteering, please download our volunteer packet. We also hold numerous parent & family events throughout the year. Please watch for more information coming home with your child and/or contact the site coordinator at your child’s school for more information on upcoming events & activities!
Check out our reports below:
Community Benefit Report 2013-14
Annual Report 2012
Annual Report 2011
T.E.A.M. 21 got its start in 2004, when the Wyoming Public Schools and the City of Wyoming partnered to build a comprehensive after-school and summer program. The program was developed out of a need for accessible academic and enrichment support for students in the district. Because the City already had experience with youth enrichment programming in the community, and the school had facilities and a deep understanding of the needs of the students, the partnership was a success and continued to grow. Funded originally by one grant for (3) elementary schools in Wyoming Public Schools, the program expanded first in 2007 to include (2) middle schools, and again in 2008 – adding (5) additional schools and including (3) additional area public school districts: Godfrey-Lee, Godwin Heights, and Kelloggsville. Currently, the program serves students at (15) schools across the (4) school districts.
T.E.A.M. 21 Staff
Hiring: T.E.A.M. 21 places great emphasis on hiring and training of staff. We hire staff with a variety of experiences and interests in order to provide a well-rounded approach to programming. Staff hired to work in T.E.A.M. 21 are subject to a rigorous clearance process, including state and federal criminal record checks, a public sex offender registry check, a child abuse/neglect registry check, and a pre-employment health physical, drug screen, and TB test.
Training: T.E.A.M. 21 offers many on-going professional development trainings and opportunities for staff, from classroom management techniques and large group management trainings to content area trainings on literacy or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to Bullying Prevention & Intervention and Actively Engaging Students. Our staff is required to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of on-going training each year, but most staff far exceed that, taking part in a large number of training sessions on a variety of topics.
Staff and Student Ratios: T.E.A.M. 21 maintains staff at a level so that there are no more than 12 students for every 1 staff member. This far exceeds the ratios mandated through the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Rules and the Michigan Model Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.
T.E.A.M. 21 is a multi-faceted program that strives to provide enrichment and meet the dynamic needs of the students we serve. Academic needs are the primary concern of our programming, however there are many contributing factors to a low academic performance, so T.E.A.M. 21 provides more than just direct academic support. The program is full of learning opportunities that fall under the four principal categories below:
Academic Instruction: These activities most closely align with and support school-day instruction. During the school year there are daily homework assistance classes and literacy enrichment activities. T.E.A.M. 21 staff work closely with the school staff and student data systems to track individual student performance, in order to best understand and address individual student needs.
In the summer, when seasonal learning loss threatens the gains made over the last school-year, T.E.A.M. 21 provides summer-school instruction in Language Arts and Mathematics and other core academic areas, as well as credit recovery opportunities for older students, all using certified teachers who specialize in the areas they teach.
Academic Enrichment: In addition to direct academic instruction, T.E.A.M. 21 believes strongly in embedded learning in a variety of other activities. One such example is our focus on the increasingly relevant category of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). STEM has been emphasized in educational research as essential skills for the 21st century job market. From online survey development and analysis, to rocketry, to criminal forensics, to water quality assessments, there are many examples of activities that T.E.A.M. 21 offers not just to teach STEM subjects, but to expose students to new learning areas, that may lead to an interest in self-guided learning.
Literacy is also a focus area of the program that has been intentionally built into other activities. The ability to read has such a profound impact on other academic areas, and eventually is the key factor in college and career readiness. For these reasons, we strive to include it in a variety of the activities we lead. Whether the students read up on sports and games activities before they do them, read the recipe before making a delicious new dish in cooking, or participate in a book club, reading is everywhere in our program.
Social and Emotional Growth: At T.E.A.M. 21, we believe in meeting the needs of the whole student, and recognize that all growth areas are linked. For this reason we complement our academic approach with activities designed to provide social and emotional support for our participants. A school counselor is available weekly after-school at every site, and offers individual, small group, and classroom discussions depending on the needs and requests of the students and staff.
Additionally, participants engage in weekly character education classes that have a wide area of focus, including service learning, leadership, self-esteem, respect, diversity and tolerance, relationships, substance abuse, and many others. These activities are also dependent on the needs, maturity, and specific requests of the students. Many times we partner with outside organizations such as the Kent County Health Department, the American Red Cross, and Wedgwood Christian Services to assist in these areas with our older students.
Health and Wellness: As a part of our mission to meet the needs of the whole student and because there is such a strong correlation between physical health & fitness and improved academic performance and overall emotional health, T.E.A.M. 21 places a significant emphasis on health and wellness.
Because of this interconnectedness, we believe it’s important to provide opportunities for students to learn and achieve in these areas, all critical to a healthy, balanced life. Fitness and active games are a daily part of the program, providing students an opportunity to get their heart rates up, burn calories and have fun! In addition, T.E.A.M. 21 sites focus on nutrition through healthy cooking activities, recipe creation and more.
This focus on fitness & health leads up to an annual capstone event for T.E.A.M. 21 students and families, the annual T.E.A.M. 21 Fun Run. Each spring, students and their families are encouraged to participate in 6-8 weeks of guided training for running & field events. This training culminates in a friendly half-day competition with various distance races & field events. There are medals and participation prizes for students and opportunities for participating parents to win raffle prizes. In addition, T.E.A.M. 21 provides healthy snacks and lunch for all attendees. The festivities of the day serve as a celebration of health and wellness and also a wonderful chance for parents and students to bond as they work to achieve their fitness goals!
During the school year program, T.E.A.M. 21 provides a meal and snack to students through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). During the summer program, T.E.A.M. 21 provides both breakfast and lunch to students through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In addition, T.E.A.M. 21 sites occasionally serve food as part of special events or cooking activities. For more information, please contact the site coordinator at your child’s school.
Family and Community Events
We recognize that we are not achieving any of our goals alone. Engaging parents and families is a critical part of our program. We host a variety of parent events that encourage participation and communication between our program, families and the school. As a program we offer our Lights On After-School event in October to showcase and inform families about the programming that we do. In May, we host the T.E.A.M. 21 Fun Run, a family fitness event mentioned above. Besides those program-wide annual events, our sites regularly host events that coincide with themes and activities that are specific to their programs, from cultural showcases, to literacy nights, to talent shows.
Awards and Recognition
2012 Winners' Circle Award - Michigan Association of School Administrators
2010 Education Excellence Award - Michigan Association of School Boards
2009 Regional Community Excellence Awards - Michigan Municipal League
2008 Connecting with Community Award (Inaugural Winner) - Wood TV 8
T.E.A.M. 21 is funded through federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant dollars, as allocated by the Michigan Department of Education through a competitive grant process. The purpose of the 21st CCLC funds is to “provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools." For more information about 21st CCLC funding, visit the federal 21st CCLC webpage.
T.E.A.M. 21 also receives significant local in-kind contributions from the City of Wyoming Parks & Recreation Department, Wyoming Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Godwin Heights Public Schools, and Kelloggsville Public Schools. Click on the pie chart for a more detailed look at our operating budget (figures are from 2015-16).
City of Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: T.E.A.M. 21
1155 28th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Office - 616.530.3164
Fax – 616.249.3400