THE SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM
In 1994, the City of Madison developed, through its office of Community Services, a program designed to provide elementary school-age students with after school and summer educational and recreational activities. The program is an attempt to meet the needs of this critical youth population by providing alternatives during the post-school hours and summer months when parental supervision is at its lowest level and the incidence of violence, vandalism and other youth-oriented problems is at its highest. The program is also a vehicle for providing traditional mentoring and child care-type services.
The program has been implemented in three communities within the city - Broadway-Simpson, Vera Court and Worthington Park - and involves approximately 160 children each day. The three schools provide two hours of after school activities and a full eight hours of such activities during the summer. The annual cost of the project is approximately $200,000.
The Safe Haven Program has been a great success according to both anecdotal and documented research. A recent research and evaluation study conducted by professors from the University of Wisconsin on Madison demonstrated the following:
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J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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