Galileo’s Futurama after-school program is in danger of being cut due to the U.S department of Education deciding to cut funding for high schools around the nation. Futurama has applied for grants in order to continue to be able to help the Galileo community, but if the grants do not go through, funding will be cut on June 1st, 2018.
Futurama is currently part of the ExCEL After School Programs, which is funded by California’s After School Education and Safety, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and 21st Century ASSETS. Futurama is just one of over 90 after school programs in San Francisco that ExCEL helps to support.
Although Futurama may be losing the funding it receives now from ExCEL, if Futurama receives the grants they’ve applied for it could change some of the way Futurama currently operates. Director, Marcus Blacksher, says “If we are awarded those grants our program will be moving in more of a academic setting, focused on the identity formation aspect of the high school students.”
Also with these grants Futurama will be able to expand and open their doors to their already existing T.L.P. (tactical leadership program). Mr. Blacksher continues, “In addition we will be able to launch their S.L.A.Y. program, which students will have the opportunity to get paid for coming to our weekly workshop and doing different community service projects.”
Currently, Futurama provides a variety of free, on-campus academic and enrichment activities. Programs occur daily, from Monday-Friday, during after school hours. Academic activities include tutoring in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies, as well as online credit recovery for students who need to make up classes.
The enrichment program includes dance classes, which vary from Hip Hop and Break Dancing to Samba, as well as a Mural Art course. They also offer Making the Band, an opportunity for students to create and perform, and DJ classes. In addition, they have a local chef on site, who will provide culinary lessons that focus on technique, recipes, and preparation.