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spotlight photo Celebration Time!
It’s the end of the year and time to celebrate! For our last ExCEL Monthly Meeting of 2016-17 the fun filled agenda gave everyone a preview of what’s upcoming for 2018-19.
spotlight photo Last Social Emotional Learning Meeting of the School Year!
The last SEL Meeting in April reviewed the four SEL skills focused on during the school year: Growth, Self-Management, Self Efficacy, and Social Awareness. Ggrade levels reviewed the four components in different ways.
spotlight photo Self-Efficacy: Which Four Sources?
The first ExCEL SEL meeting for the 2017 has taken off with Self Efficacy, which promotes the belief that you can succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal.
spotlight photo Self-Management: What’s Your Marshmallow?
December marked the end of the Fall semester and also the last ExCEL SEL Meeting of 2016! Our December SEL Meeting focused on self-management. Self-Management is the second of the four mindsets and includes...
spotlight photo SFInternational HS - Gratitude for the World
We hope you can smile upon watching this video and that you can share one thing you are grateful for with someone. This could make their day.
spotlight photo Hillcrest World Fair
In it's 3rd year, the Mission YMCA Hillcrest World Fair is a culminating event and showcase for a month-long world cultures exploration.
spotlight photo SF Community Summer 2015
Summer is just around the corner! As we gear up for summer planning let’s take a look back at what SF Community did last summer…
spotlight photo Healthy Active Youth at O'Connell High
Lights On! After School is a nationwide event used to bring awareness to After School Programs. Programs across the nation celebrate with various activities such as performances, showcases, community block parties, and Open Houses just to name a few.
spotlight photo Lights On! After School 2015
Lights On! After School is a nationwide event used to bring awareness to After School Programs. Programs across the nation celebrate with various activities such as performances, showcases, community block parties, and Open Houses just to name a few.
spotlight photo "Project Summer" at Balboa - VIDEO
Balboa After School was more than thrilled to be able to bring back our second year of Project Summer! This year, our focus was on STEAM skills, entrepreneurship and becoming "a maker."
spotlight photo Longfellow Elementary After School Program Honored!
This Green Arts Workshop came to Longfellow Elementray and did some fabulous artwork with all the Afterschool students using recycled objects.
spotlight photo Harvey Milk Junior Leaders Gain Work Experience
The Junior Leaders program is a great opportunity for the older participants, who are in 3rd-5th grade, to experience the steps to apply for a job and the responsibilities to have a job.
spotlight photo Two Great Programs at Visitacion Valley Elementary School
The After School Program at Visitacion Valley Elementary overseen by Jacquelyn Severino, currently offers two wonderful programs for their students.
spotlight photo Peabody’s Girls Group Gives Back to the Community 
This program is a critical component of SFUSD’s goal of ensuring that students have access to nutritious food. 
spotlight photo A Healthier After School Food Option: The Supper Program
This program is a critical component of SFUSD’s goal of ensuring that students have access to nutritious food. 
spotlight photo Guadalupe Gallopers Cross Country Team
Guadelupe ASP Lead Teacher, Kent Schmitzlead took his passion for distance running and shared it the fifth graders together they created the Guadelupe Gallopers Cross Country Team.
spotlight photo Sunset Elementary After School "Good Time" Video
Earlier this year, Sunset Elementary’s After School Program put together this fun video featuring Carly Rae Jepson and Owl City’s “Good Time.”
spotlight photo ExCEL’s Annual August Institute
ExCEL kicked off the 2013-14 school year with our annual August Institute. The Institute took place August 6-8 and was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral with over 200 youth workers participating each day.
spotlight photo Urban Music Program
Drop a beat or learn to scratch? If you are a student of AP Giannini and have enrolled in the Beacon/ExCEL after school program you can choose to do both by joining the Urban Music Program.
spotlight photo Lights On 2012 Lights On! After School is a nation-wide day of celebration for after school programs. The event was created by the After School Alliance in October of 2000 “to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities.”
spotlight photo New Manager Says Communication and Collaboration are the Keys to Success Interview with Mele Lau-Smith who brings more than 20 years of experience to her new position as ExCEL manager.
spotlight photo Instant Recess Supports Student Academic Performance
The role physical activity plays in a student’s life cannot be underestimated.  Ask Amy Adkins, Health and Wellness Specialist for the ExCEL After School Program and she’ll tell you.
spotlight photo Mental Health Collaborative Program Key Part of After School Success Positive school attitudes and behaviors is a cornerstone of a successful after school program. 
spotlight photo Greetings from your ExCEL Team!
We are a group of dedicated professionals committed to ensuring that your programs are grant compliant, fun for our students, and meeting the needs for our families.
spotlight photo So You Think You Can Dance?
An exciting opportunity is available for ExCEL After School Programs to participate in the San Francisco Young Dancers Program.
spotlight photo Spend An Active Summer Learning With The Afterschool Program
Looking for an Afterschool Program near you for the summer of 2011?  Search no further.
spotlight photo ExCEL Manager Shares Impact of After School Programs On Her Life
Yashica Crawford, Ph.D., is the Manager of the ExCEL Afterschool Programs.  She brings with her a rich background in education, teaching, grant writing, research and publishing.
spotlight photo Summer Resource Fair 2011
Saturday, March 19 for the 2011 San Francisco. This event is a perfect opportunity to showcase the work you do with youth and to reach out to potential summer program participants.
spotlight photo Global Youth Service Day Film Festival
The Bridge Theatre on Geary rolled out the red carpet for ExCEL students to showcase films they spent all semester producing to celebrate Global Youth Service Day.  
spotlight photo 4th Annual Revolution in Art and Dance
For the past four years, ExCEL After School Program sites have participated in the Revolution in Art and Dance (RAD), a dance and performing arts showcase that brings together students from across the district to show off their hard work after a year of practice and preparation.
spotlight photo Students Shine at Youth Action Conference
Each semester, ExCEL middle and high school students participate in a Youth Action Conference, a day of youth-led workshops that promote leadership skills and instruction on how to be active members of their community.
spotlight photo Quality After School Programs
The new and improved, second version of the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and User's Guide have recently been finalized with extensive input from the California after school field. 
spotlight photo Welcome Back! How can we serve you?
Whether you are a student, a parent, a staff member, or a community based organization, we're here to answer your questions and lend a hand to make sure that ExCEL After School Programs are amazing places for students to be after school.
spotlight photo Professional Development
In an effort to encourage continuous program improvement and meet the district's goals as outlined in the Balanced Scorecard, ExCEL is offering a myriad of Professional Development opportunities for staff. These include ...
spotlight photo 3rd Annual Revolution in Art and Dance
The 3rd Annual Revolution in Art and Dance (RAD) took place on February 5, 2009 at Everett Middle School.  The auditorium was packed as close to 150 students danced in routines ranging from Hip-hop to Latin dance, from Samoan dance, to Chinese Dragon and Lion dances, from Bollywood to Breakdancing.  It was a true trip around the world!  Check out the video and photos to see highlights. 
spotlight photo School Year 2008-2009
The 2008-2009 school year promises to hold a lot of fun for ExCEL After School Programs across San Francisco. Here are some anticipated highlights...
spotlight photo ExCELebration 2008
Strawberries and rock bands! Face painting and a talking police car! A super slide and velcro wall!  Through a collaboration between San Francisco Unified School District Student Support Services Department ExCEL After School Programs,...
spotlight photo ExCEL After School Programs Go Live on TV!
Tune in to watch students in ExCEL After School Programs' Cesar Chavez Service Clubs live on television! You can view the SF Live show streaming online at by clicking on the Access SF 2 button, or by watching Comcast Cable Channel 76.
spotlight photo 2nd Annual Revolution in Art and Dance
The 2nd Annual Revolution in Art and Dance (RAD) was held at Everett Middle School on January 24, 2008. RAD is a district-wide dance and art showcase that gives an opportunity for ExCEL After School Program sites to highlight and share the talent and hard work of their students.
spotlight photo 2nd Annual Youth Action Conference
Over 40 middle and high school students participated in the 2nd Annual Youth Action Conference (YAC) at Everett Middle School.
spotlight photo Top Five Cohort Focus
Based on the end-of-the-year surveys, we have developed 5 exciting new and/or improved cohorts. The cohorts are designed to support sites in building their capacity and best practices in specific areas.
spotlight photo National Youth Service Day
ExCEL After School Programs Celebrate National Youth Service Day 2007. Throughout this April, over 45 ExCEL After School Program sites are participating in National Youth Service Day activities.
spotlight photo Mayor's Challenge: Shape Up San Francisco
Being a part of the Recreation and Nutrition Cohort has been a great resource for us at Starr King. Programs like the “Mayor’s Challenge Shape Up SF" are designed to get people of all ages walking in their neighborhoods for better health, which makes it easier for us to get kids engaged in healthy thinking.
spotlight photo RAD: Revolution in Art & Dance
This fall the call went out to all ExCEL After School Program participants to apply to perform in a district-wide dance showcase at Everett Middle School on January 25, 2007.
spotlight photo Academic Alignment at Sheridan
Having students focus on their homework can be a challenging task. Here's how we tackle homework at Sheridan Elementary...
spotlight photo Lights On After School
On Thursday, October 12, ExCEL After School Programs around the city participated in Lights On Afterschool events..
spotlight photo Welcome/Project Cohorts
This year ExCEL will support sites in building capacity and best practices via "Project Cohorts"Review the Project Cohort descriptions below to learn more about each cohort’s specific focus.


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