• Student Support Programs

  • Many of the toughest challenges for students occur after the school bell rings. Whether they face hunger or academic challenges, students find a safe environment at our afterschool program. These students can complete their homework under certified teacher supervision and have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities like sports, symphony and robotics. Each quality, free after-school program site provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program takes serves kindergarten through eighth grade students, Monday through Friday for three hours each day. The program focuses on six core areas – academic enrichment, sports and recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, parental involvement and community service.

    Each afternoon, students are welcomed into a general meeting place, checked in by quality after-school staff and enjoy a nutritious snack. Students then spend up to 75 minutes each day working on academics under the supervision of a certified teacher and after-school staff members.

    After academics, students participate in enrichment activities such as cheerleading, dance, arts and crafts, and sports. Each of these activities is led by highly qualified after-school staff members whose are background screened by Duval County Public Schools.

    Oversight and primary funding of the afterschool programs is provided through The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast FL.  To learn more about this iniaitive, contact the Matthew Gilber Project Manager - Ms. April Nestor at 904-630-6700. 

  • City Year is a non-profit, education-based program where young adults tutor and mentor at-risk students full time to help keep them on track for graduation.  City Year partners with public schools and districts to deliver data-driven interventions and support that help the school achieve its vision for educational excellence for all students.  City Year AmeriCorps members serve as student success coaches, supporting the development, growth, and success of students in systemically under-resourced schools, while cultivating skills to be leaders in their communities and careers.  Evidence-based research has identified three early warning indicators that effect students: attendance, behavior, and course performance.

    As student success coaches at Matthew Gilbert, AmeriCorps members build relationships with students and offer them research-based support, offer a critical capacity to educators and schools to help students progress in their development, allow for more personalized learning and engagement, and create more welcoming, equitable learning environments for all. They partner with teachers and school leaders to help students build on their strengths and develop the skills they need to thrive in school and in life.  Click the link below to learn more about the impact City Year is having in Duval County Public Schools.


    MWG Impact Manager - Angela Nantamu

    Explore the Impact of City Year


    Achievers For Life (AFL) is a dropout prevention initiative developed and funded by the United Way of Northeast Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville, Jewish Family and Community Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. Achievers For Life targets sixth grade students exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low GPAs, low FSA scores and excessive absences and provides them with family support, a mentor and help for the students at school. Communities In Schools achievement advocates work with students to keep them on track and prepare for high school.

    If you are interested in being a mentor in the Achievers For Life Program, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida at 904-727-9797.

    Matthew W. Gilbert AFL Staff Members 

    Yolanda McClendon (Director)

    Office 904-630-6700