The mission of the DSS Community Center is to identify and respond to unmet needs within the under served Brentwood Community and to become an ever-stronger and always reliable resource for the Brentwood Community. DSS actively listens to and engages parents in its activities, thus creating a sense of ownership for residents of the Brentwood community. Currently, it strives to give youth the guidance and services they need to become well--rounded citizens with the confidence to excel in spite of difficult challenges.
Science Club takes place in collaboration with UW Madison STEMbud outreach program. STEMbuds encourages children to communicate and think scientifically, interactively, investigative, with hands-on experiments and activities. We have thematic units focused on Earth, Life, Physical Sciences and more interdisciplinary connections with math, reading and the creative arts. Through peer mentoring, college students and their paired middle school mentee engage in science based activities both designed and lead by STEMbuddy mentors or participate in activities led by 3rd party providers.
Brentwood Neighborhood Work Crew is a program that provides employment training and paid work experiences for disadvantaged youth. Our goal is to provide disadvantaged youth access to an employment experience that provides them with the educational tools they need to excel in life.
In order to better prepare youth to excel in this employment program, DSS will provide skill building workshops during the summer months. Our program will provide youth with basic knowledge about career options, how to find and apply for jobs, positive work habits and help them develop needed job skills. Our curriculum also includes other components like; financial literacy, horticultural education and lessons on basic employment readiness skills such as; resume writing, job search, work ethics and completing job applications.
DSS uses the environment of an after-school program to provide academic enrichment services. Specifically, through the planned programming youth will have the ability to improve academic performance, increase school and community connectedness, and develop the social-emotional skills of self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
Research indicates that after-school programs can markedly increase engagement in learning, improve academic achievement, narrow the achievement gap, and reduce behavioral issues. An after school environment allows youth to interact among themselves and with adults in a more comfortable environment. After-school programs also provide the opportunity for youth to participate in activities and projects that promote and reinforce physical fitness, team-building, healthy nutrition and wellness, as well as emotional well-being.
The DSS Community Center is extremely important to me because we all have fun and learn together as a family, we do not exclude anyone. One thing I really like about the DSS Community Center is how diverse it is. The majority of us are minority and personally, I think it's a great thing. DSS is beneficial to my life because we do not only have fun, but we also learn by including educational activities during the day. For example, Mrs. Felicia started a science club with students from UW-Madison and we learned about chemical reactions and codes people use in games and other things. Since this program started, I have absolutely loved it. We all thank you dearly for the great things you have done for us, we are eternally grateful.
~Marjorie Cosmo - DSS Club Member
We have learned many new things attending DSS and most definitely had fun! DSS isn't just a program, it's like a second family and that's the amazing thing about it. I can be myself and nobody will judge me. DSS not only helped me become a good student by teaching me new and amazing things, but also helped me to become a better person.
~Lenzy Xelhua-Ledezma - DSS Club Member
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Contact us: (920) 397-5481