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Our Model:

Whole-Child Development

Programs support the changing needs of our students as they advance through life stages and target windows of opportunity where long-term impact can be achieved.

Age-Based Development Strategy

Ages 5-9: Play to Learn

Children are welcomed into a fun environment, learn how to skate, then play ice hockey. They will gain confidence on the ice, develop social/emotional skills, make friends, and be encouraged to read.


Ages 10-14: Compete to Grow

Youth will learn from the experience of competing on a team, competition is used to accelerate positive character development. School becomes more intensive and Snider helps youth navigate those changes and prepare for high school. Accountability and respect is emphasized during this stage.

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Ages 14-18: Learn to Lead

Competitive hockey helps teens learn to manage emotions that accompany stressful situations. Students receive direct support/guidance to navigate high school and post-secondary education. Students will build employability skills and form a strong self-identity.

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Ages 18 & Older: Partner to Succeed

Although technically aged out of the After School Excellence Program, it’s worth mentioning that Snider’s support doesn’t end there. We assist recent high school graduates to launch and complete postsecondary plans and begin careers.

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Program Model

The After School Excellence Program is two-fold and combines educational enrichment initiatives, life skills, career exploration, and service learning with a first-rate hockey program. Hockey is just the “hook” used to foster academic success, personal development, and citizenship.

All activities and programs are offered at no cost to participants.


Academic Achievement Support

Educational services are Snider’s top priority. Our academic support measures – including Homework Help, individual tutoring, and Reading Buddies – have proven to keep students on track for on-time graduation.


Hockey & Physical Fitness

Play-to-learn sessions, skill development, and competitive games take place daily at six rinks. Youth compete in the Snider Hockey League (a co-ed intramural inter-rink league for players of all skill levels) and on travel teams.


Life Skills & Leadership

Snider’s Life Skills curriculum focuses on helping students acquire critical life attributes that aren’t taught in a classroom.


Secondary & Postsecondary Access

Mentors monitor and track the progress of each student to promote academic success. We also offer scholarships to high-performing private high schools and colleges – enabling youth to graduate debt-free.


Career Exploration

Career Development programs enable students to learn marketable, job-embedded skills, while networking with partner organizations throughout secondary and postsecondary education.


Socio-Emotional Support

A Community Resource Specialist navigates individual situations of struggle for our population and is trained in monitoring, evaluating, and connecting students to appropriate intervention, and social/emotional services that are outside of our expertise.

Theory of Change

To measure the Foundation’s mission of evidence-based outcomes, Snider utilizes the Theory of Change that implements measuring select indicators related to specific organization’s objectives and goals. The Theory of Change acts as a “North Star” for the organization, guiding strategic choices about where Snider is best positioned to have an impact on students served.

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Your Support Goes Further

Thanks to the foresight of our late founder, Ed Snider, every dollar donated to the Snider organization is matched 2:1 – thereby, tripling your impact on our students.