What We Do

Each day children at Afterworks are provided with healthy snacks, homework help, and indoor and outdoor recreation. Our small staff-to-student ratio enables us to be attentive to students with Individualized Education Programs and other special needs.

As a multicultural, arts-based program, we also offer children a number of enrichment activities:

  • African drumming provides our children with a powerful sense of pride and empowerment through learning about African cultural ancestry. Jafar Manselle has been teaching and performing drumming technique – including the Conga, Talking Drum, and Djembe from Ghana, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast – for over 25 years.
  • Afterworks participates in the Otis House Museum’s “History for Early Learners” program, which introduces children to the history and literature of New England through weaving, puppetry, and other arts and crafts projects.
  • Field trips provide cultural enrichment to students and usually occur during early release and full-day vacation programs. Past field trips have included visits to the Harvard Museums, Boston Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, MIT Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, Club Passim Cultural Center, and the Boston Common and its swan boats. Depending on the destination, students and teachers travel by foot, public transportation, or bus. Afterworks staff accompany students on all trips.