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Support free afterschool and summer activities for Missoula youth.

The Flagship Program is a community-school partnership that enhances the social, academic, cultural and physical achievement of Missoula's youth by creating opportunities that help them to succeed and grow to become healthy and productive adults.

In partnership with Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) and under the organizational umbrella of Western Montana Mental Health Center, Flagship provides afterschool opportunities for youth in eight MCPS sites in grades K-12. Enrollment in Flagship is open to all youth at Franklin, Hawthorne and Lowell Elementary, Meadow Hill, Washington and CS Porter Middle and Hellgate and Willard Alternative High Schools. Flagship's afterschool program focus consists of four core components: academic achievement, health and wellness, art and culture and positive social development. Each participating Flagship school site has a full-time Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) dedicated to the coordination of all programming for that respective school. Flagship is unique to Missoula and FREE of charge to all participants and families.

"Research shows that kids in afterschool programs go to school more, see improvements in their behavior, and increase their likelihood of moving on to the next grade level and graduating. Consistent participation in high quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in student test scores and work habits. Afterschool programs not only have a positive e­ffect on students at risk of failure, but help reduce the academic achievement gap between students from lower and high-income families." - Afterschool Alliance

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