Our focus is to empower youth to grow up healthy. Our programs offer a variety of ways to do just that. Our youth participants come from a variety of neighborhoods and experiences. They come with different, yet real, needs. We strive to meet youth on their own level, make them comfortable, help them adjust and provide them the programs that offer the best possibility of success.
Community Membership and Clinical Referral Program
The GoKids Community Membership and Clinical Referral Program is our longest running program which provides intensive group and individual exercise regiments to youth looking to maintain a healthy life style. Youth can be referred to this program by primary care physician, school nurse, school connection counselor, youth worker and membership is coordinated by GoKids staff and parents/guardians. While at GoKids, participants engage in dynamic warm-ups, cardiovascular exercise, strength training, group exercise, and exergaming activities. Fitness assessments take place every 4-6 weeks to evaluate participants' progress.
This is the best of everything that GoKids offers in a structured program environment designed to address each kid's specific needs.
- Homework/tutoring time
- Fitness evaluations
- Supervised activity/gaming
- Much more!
Youth between the ages 8 and 18 are welcome!
All participants must complete our online enrollment process.
Adapted School Year Programs
GoKids' Adapted School Year Programs take place throughout the school year for elementary, middle, and high school students from Quincy Public Schools and Boston Public Schools. Special education classrooms utilize our innovative and engaging center each week to increase physical activity during the school day. Students participate in group warm-ups, cardiovascular exercise, strength training, fun obstacle courses, and competitive play on exergaming equipment. While at GoKids, students not only learn how to exercise properly while having fun, they work towards Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals such as behavioral, social, and cognitive goals.
If you are interested in bringing your special education classroom to GoKids please contact Program Coordinator Meghan Feeley for more information: Meghan.Feeley@umb.edu.
GoKids partners with the Dever-McCormack K-8 School within our own Harbor Point Community to offer enrichment programming to 7th-8th graders. Students enrolled in the GoKids enrichment program attend GoKids at the end of their school day, where they engage in themed wellness workshops, fitness activities based on the workshops, cardiovascular and strength training workouts. Students are taught basic science behind exercise, benefits of physical activity, leadership skills, strategies in maintaining good health, and ways in which to empower others in leading healthy lives.
For more information on GoKids programming, please contact Meghan Jackman, program coordinator, by email: Meghan.Jackman@umb.edu or by phone: 617.287.KIDS (5437).