After school Programs


The youth from the After School Program enjoy learning about science at farms like this one.

Youth Succeeding (Academic Success) is a year- long academic and cultural enrichment curriculum and program for youth ages 5 – 18 (5yr. And finished kindergarten), which includes the highly rated, evidence based summer program Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools.  The goal of the program is:

• To promote positive youth development, focusing on academic, cultural, physical activity, social and leadership competencies; including aligning the program with the goals and objectives of Dayton’s Learn to Earn initiative.

• To actively engage parents and families in their education, allowing them to become lifelong learners.

We provide general homework assistance as well as academic enrichment activities that promote academic success.

We provide general homework assistance as well as academic enrichment activities that promote academic success.


Registration will begins in July of every year and is open until October.  Current and new participants must complete an enrollment packet and pay a $25.00 Registration Fee per family.

New youth participants who are Dayton Public Schools bus riders and want transportation to bring your child to Wesley after school, must contact Dayton Public Schools transportation Department to request drop-off point at Wesley.  You may reach the Transportation Center at:  (937) 542-4010, 4290 N James H. McGee Blvd. There is no other transportation provided by Wesley, all parents and guardians must pick-up their youth by 6:00pm daily. There is no transportation provided for Freedom Schools, parents and guardians are responsible for drop-off and pick-up (summer enrichment).

Parents must bring the following:  Proof of income, Driver License, Insurance Card (Care Source, Molina etc.).

After School Program hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Children must be picked up by 6:00 pm. Parent face a $1 per minute late fee. When DPS is in session our program is operation.

Parent Participation and Responsibility:

  • All parents and guardians are required to give (10) volunteer hours a program session (Academic Year) in order for their youth to participate, if parents do not complete volunteer hours, children cannot participate in future programming. Parent participation is vital to the success of programming; it is our hope that family participation is priority.
  • There will (4) Family Night “Chew and Chats” that parents and guardians are required to attend.

Call Angela Byrdsong at (937) 263-3556 x232

Freedom schools

Check out this Freedom School video featuring Wesley Community Center Freedom Schools

The CDF Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps – and is a key part of CDF’s work to ensure a level playing field for all children. In partnership with local congregations, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and secure juvenile justice facilities the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, increases self-esteem and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. Since 1995, more than 135,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom School experience and more than 18,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model.

The CDF Freedom Schools model incorporates the totality of the Children’s Defense Fund’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference Site coordinators and project directors are also trained by CDF to provide supervision and administrative oversight.

The program provides an exciting Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) including carefully chosen developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant books. The model curriculum supports children and families around five essential components:

  • High Quality Academic Enrichment
  • Parent and Family Involvement
  • Social Action and Civic Engagement
  • Intergenerational Servant Leadership Development
  • Nutrition, Health and Mental Health

Enrollment for 2016 CDF Freedom Schools at Westwood PreK-8 will open April 2016. For more information, call Angela Byrdsong at (937) 263-3665 x232.

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GED at Wesley

Wesley Community Center hosts a GED class that is offered through Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The classes are located at Wesley Center’s main campus in its South Classroom. The classes are offered from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

On-site registration is Tuesday, Wednesday and Wednesday at 9:00 am. To enroll or to ask questions, call (937) 263-3556 x218.

Law Clinic


  • Wesley Community Center, Inc. Through the use of volunteer lawyers is offering free legal information. All are welcome!
  • Attorneys will provide Legal Advice/Assistance at no cost. A general session will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Wesley Community Center from 5:30 pm—7:00 pm
  • Attendees may bring paperwork that supports their questions. The attorneys will attempt to look at paperwork as time permits

Westwood PreK-8 Neighborhood School

The end of court-ordered busing in Dayton provided the opportunity to rebuild public schools as neighborhood anchors and vibrant centers of community life. A growing national movement inspired Dayton leaders to form a coalition of Dayton public and private partners to develop five Dayton elementary schools as “Neighborhood School Centers.” These schools are powerful contributors to community stability and growth, emphasizing the importance of education, connecting families within neighborhoods, and providing social service resources to neighborhood residents. Westwood PK-8 in partnership with Wesley Community Center is a Neighborhood School Center.

Neighborhood School Centers (NSC) bring together community partners who are responsible for offering a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities to ensure that:

  • Children are ready to learn when they enter school and everyday thereafter
  • All students learn and achieve to high standards
  • Young people are well prepared for adult roles in the workplace, as parents and as citizens
  • Families and neighborhoods are safe, supportive and engaged
  • Parents and community members are involved with their school and their own lifelong learning

We believe that it is strong parents and families who truly make students academically successful. From the teachers and staff to current volunteers, and community partners, Westwood and Wesley Community Center seek to offer various opportunities for students to excel and for parents to be involved in their child’s education.

To learn more about Dayton’s Neighborhood School Center Project, click here: