about the lussier loft
The Lussier Loft Program is a comprehensive after school program hosted in Madison’s Goodman Community Center. This facility provides a safe and supportive location where students residing in Dane County can come together to participate in structured activities and socialize amongst their peers in a safe, controlled, and healthy after school environment. Although The Goodman Community Center is open to the public, The Lussier Loft Afterschool Program geared specifically to African American youth from Madison who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged households and who attend a Madison Public School. Furthermore, priority enrollment into The Lussier Loft Program is based on several other factors: if the child has participated in other Goodman Center programming, if the child is living in a homeless shelter or transitional housing, if the child has been identified by one the public feeder schools as a student needing additional services. Also, The Loft Program partners with the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood, a publicly subsidized housing neighborhood in Dane County.
The Loft Program provides meals, tutoring, structured programming, and transportation to and from The Goodman Center for all the students involved in the program. The Loft analyzes each student’s problems individually to best utilize its resources and programing for that given child. Whether it is helping a student who is falling behind in coursework or helping a student graduate on time by offering “credit recovery” courses, the programming is narrowly tailored to fit the individual student’s needs.