Founded in 1994, GLC serves youth and families from low-income, immigrant, and refugee households in the south Arlington community.
GLC’s flagship Learning ROCKS! Program! serves 60 3rd-5th graders through strong programs that provide homework support, daily literacy/language arts and experiential learning activities (i.e. literature discussion circles), leadership development, and arts- and humanities-based lessons that reinforce academic content supported by the Virginia Standards of Learning.
GLC's Learning Links AmeriCorps Program Program provides continuity of services across the three main aspects of a child’s daily experience: at school, after school, and at home/in the community.
GLC’s Parent Connection Program assists parents in supporting their children’s academic/social-emotional development through topic-based workshops in response to community need. Previous workshop topics include communication techniques for parent-teacher conferences, interpreting student report cards, and addressing learning challenges.
GLC’s work is being recognized. In Summer 2011, GLC was a finalist for the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, distinguishing its Learning ROCKS! Program as “one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.” In Fall 2011, GLC earned both the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Board Leadership Award and the Arlington Community Foundation’s Prize for Innovation and Impact. GLC has also been featured twice in the Catalogue for Philanthropy (2010 and 2006).
GLC’s Learning ROCKS! Program has achieved a new standard of quality. In the last two years, 86-87% of students improved reading instructional levels, compared to just 2/3 in previous years, and 93% of students earned positive homework grades with 84% earning an Outstanding or Satisfactory grade!