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Our approach to improving the communication between schools, students, and families in our community is through embracing a mixture of classic & modern methods of education, by way of technology and formal tutoring. We firmly believe this will encourage a greater change in our community concerning our youth and their education.

Kaylen Wheeler-Gooden
Program Coordinator/ Project Manager

Associates of Applied Arts (Music), B.A. Philosophy and Family Science, Western Michigan University

Pathfinder's objective is to provide an enriching program that supports the parents and children within our community. Our ultimate goal is to assist parents in becoming more involved with their children’s education and to promote a sense of community.


Social & Emotional Learning Groups

Social and emotional learning groups focus on developing interpersonal skills​ and self-awareness. We accomplish this by implementing mindfullness,  sensory activities, using sensory rooms, constructive activities, and encouraging healthy expression. This program is a safe space for all youth , especially those from diverse backgrounds. 

Literacy Support

With the increasing use of technology and social platforms, reading has stiff competition for our children’s attention. This is why Pathfinders advocates for comprehensive reading, helping children to improve their literacy success. We believe this leads to more exciting ways to enjoy reading classic and digital literature.

STEM Program

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Every Tuesday — Wednesday participants engage in a group science experiment that exemplifies all four elements of STEM.

Field Trips

Entertaining and educational field trips are taken throughout the calendar year giving participants some of their best memories. Our field trips are designed to give our children the opportunity to explore new concepts, meet new people, and try new things, and building relationships.


In addition, students are more likely to remember what they learn from field trips and special presentations, because of the excitement and change in routine.

Physical Activities

As an After School Program, we make physical activity accessible and engaging for every participant. It helps the youth of all ages within our program discover the many benefits and of physical activity. 

Here at Pathfinders, we promote physical activity as a part of whole wellness for the body. We believe it enriches the quality of life. After all, you can't have fun without hard work.

Creative Programs

Pathfinders believe in unlocking the creative potential in our youth. We offer program participants the opportunity to create music using music production equipment, art drawing, culinary arts, creative talent development, connecting participants to professional mentors, and anything else participants desire to pursure.

Play & Learn

Play and learn is a program designed for ages 0 - 5 and their caregivers. This program promotes early childhood literacy, motor skills, and social and emotional skills, using music as the foundation. 

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