At the Darul Arqam, we understand that many underprivileged children are not exposed to the world beyond the boundaries of their neighborhoods and schools. ASK (AfterSKool) was created to serve as a solution to this problem by providing young students, regardless of their family income, with a spacious facility and enriching resources to offer the best learning environment possible.

Participants, between the ages of 14 – 20 will participate in a three-year program. This program will provide A1-B2 English language tutoring, teach basic Microsoft Office Suite applications, computer literacy, and preventative health education related to common health issues, such as malaria, dysentery, respiratory infections and nutrition-related illnesses. Proficiency in these areas can assist youth in securing educational and financial opportunities, as well as maintaining their personal health, confidence, and well-being.

The ASK curriculum also fosters civic responsibility and service. Planned activities will include visiting residents of assisted living facilities, making special art projects for students at other schools, picking up litter, planting trees, participating in charity drives, etc. These acts of service demonstrate the joy of giving and helping others, as well as cultivating compassion, confidence and motivation to build a better world.

Community information sessions will give parents a better understanding of youth developmental stages and needs. With better insight, parents will have the practical tools to help meet the daily challenges of parenting with a greater understanding of child behavior. The sessions are a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet and interact with each other.