The CONNECTIONS After School Program

Encouraging Learning and Exploration

The CONNECTIONS After School Program operates Monday through Thursday, from October through June. Each day the program begins at 2:52 pm and runs until 5:50 p.m.

Click to read our Program Information Sheet, which contains the mission statement and the philosophy of the CONNECTIONS After-School Program.

The After-School Program

In addition to homework support, snack, and transportation, participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of Enrichment Club activities.

These activities include:
Gardening, Robotics, Culinary Arts, Youth Council, Lacrosse and Leadership, Jewelry Making, Outdoor Adventure, Hip Hop Dance, Art Explorations, Mad Science, CSI, FitMath/Sports, and much more.

To Register

Click here to download the general registration form. Please print and complete the form. Completed forms can be returned to your child's school.

Students are cooking up a storm!


The CONNECTIONS Program is offered in the following four school-based sites.

Program Site/Location
Grades Served

Get the work done, then have some fun!


Dean Technical







For more information, contact:

Jorge L. Castellano
Director of After School and Out of School Time Programs
Phone: 413-313-7710
Jessica Daly
Community Partnership Coordinator
Phone: 413-534-2040/41.
Jennifer L. Scott
Asst. Director of After School and Out of School Time Programs
Phone: (413) 478-6132

Stacey E. Funston
Dean Site Coordinator
534-2071  X4179


CONNECTIONS Priorities: Click here to read more.




CONNECTIONS in the News!

The CONNECTIONS Program was one of two after school programs nationwide to become a recipient of the 2008 William S. White 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program of Distinction award by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The William S. White Award has traditionally been awarded to an individual who has dedicated his/her work, time, and effort in the service of children, schools, and communities. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program, the Mott Foundation has opted to recognize 21st CCLC programs that have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality programming that exemplifies the goals of the 21st CCLC grant. The CONNECTIONS Program is honored to have been a recipient of this prestigious award.

Read the following news articles about the CONNECTIONS Program to gain insight about our exciting offerings.

Connections Families Learn Together at Science Center, The Sun p. 9

Expanding Your Future College Awareness Workshops’ Offered to Holyoke Students: The Sun p. 8

Building Design Club Engages Holyoke Connections Students: The Sun p. 10

Connections After-School Program Supports Conflict Resolution: The Sun p. 9

Connections After-School Programs form Strong Five-College Partnerships: Town Reminder p. 4

Connections Students Visit UMass Amherst: The Sun p. 9

Students enjoy a trip to UMASS, Amherst.

Holyoke Students Considering Future: The Republican

Connections After-School Program Students Go Mad in the Lab: The Sun p. 10

Chicago Author to Teach at CONNECTIONS After-School Program: The Sun p. 9


Tutoring/ Mentoring in CONNECTIONS

Justin from Hampshire College works with
Morgan students.

Students and tutors from Morgan

Are you interested in working with the CONNECTIONS program as a tutor/mentor? Do you want to teach students a new activity? Are you interested in working with youth? If yes, then you should consider being a tutor/mentor for the CONNECTIONS After-School Program for the upcoming school year. Below are a few documents that can give you more information on the various opportunities available.

Helpful Links:

CONNECTIONS Work-Study Positions

Tutor / Mentor Job Description

Prospective Tutor Questionnaire

General Program Information



Resources/ Mentoring for Other After-School Programs

Feel free to use and distribute the following resources!  These links are most useful for other After-School and Out-of-School Time programs. If you would like additional resources and cannot find them posted here, please feel free to contact Jorge Castellano or Jennifer Scott.

Resource Links:

How to Increase College Student Involvement

Sample Student Survey

Tutoring Survey

Sample Parent Survey

Sample Tutor Appreciation Certificate

Field Trip Forms:

Field Trip Policy

Field Trip Permission Slip

Petty Cash Spreadsheet

Sample Donation Letter

Sample Robotics Award

CT Science Center Field Trip

CT Science Center Trip Information and Permission/ (en Español)

CT Science Center Parent/Guardian Survey/ (en Español)


If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Scott,
Assistant Director

57 Suffolk Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2000
Fax: (413) 534-3730