Bella Ease

Youth Services

What services are available?

Bella Ease has programs available for youth ages 8 to 24 years old, including out-of-school programs and college/career programs. Our mission is to empower youth to achieve positive growth and improve opportunities for future success while reducing detrimental behaviors. 

All services are free for participants. Scroll down to see more information on each specific program. 

Out of school programs

Quincy Teen Reach

Age Range: 5th-12th Grade

Focus: Academics, Life Skills, STEM projects

Schedule: Monday-Friday

CARES

Age Range: 3rd-4th Grade

Focus: Academics & Mentoring

Schedule: Monday-Friday

Freedom School

Age Range: 5th-12th Grade

Focus: Cultural/artistic activities & Life Skills

Schedule: Tuesday-Thursday

Quincy Teen Reach, CARES, and Freedom School all run throughout the school year and during the summer. All students are welcome, but we primarily serve at-risk students living at or below the poverty line. 

Transportation and a snack/meal is provided to youth every day of our programming. 

Core services for all out-of-school programs include: 

  1. Academics & education
  2. Life-skills development (i.e. hygiene, college readiness, sex education, etc.)
  3. Recreation, sports, and cultural/artistic activities
  4. Positive adult mentoring
  5. Service learning (i.e. service projects)
  6. Parental involvement
  7. STEAM projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Daily Schedule

During the School Year During the Summer &  School Out Days
  • Picked up after school
  • Snack
  • Homework OR academic activities
  • Dinner
  • Life Skills, Mentoring, or Recreation
  • Weekly Service Projects
  • Transportation home starting at 6:00 PM
  • Picked up from home starting at 11:00 AM
  • Lunch
  • Academic activities
  • Snack
  • Life Skills, Mentoring, or Recreation
  • Weekly Service Projects
  • Transportation home starting at 4:30 PM

Monthly Calendar

Check out our monthly calendar below. Special events and programs are listed here, so make sure to check back each month. Over the summer, all youth programming will be following the same calendar.

Registration

If you are interested in your child joining one of our out-of-school programs, please fill out our registration form using the button below. After you submit a registration form, a staff will reach out to you to discuss your next steps.

College & Career Programs

College Bound

Age Range: 16-24+ years old

Focus: Guidance with college (applying, finding scholarships, purchasing dorm supplies, mentorship)

Job Training

Age Range: 16-24+ years old

Focus: Employment assistance, help with applications, mock interviews, and purchasing job-specific supplies

GED Services

Age Range: 17+ years old

Focus: GED prep classes at our location, with childcare provided for participants

All 16-24 year old’s are welcome to join our college and career programs. We provide support to youth in their journey after high school through GED prep, navigating college, and finding apprenticeships/employment that fit their interests and needs. 

Youth interested in the College Bound program should send us a message through the CONTACT US page.  For more information on Job Training and GED Services, check out our Employment Services page. 

Mentoring & Volunteering

Many of our students have found success because of the help of a mentor. Positive adults guidance can provide invaluable encouragement and support to students in all areas of their lives. 

If volunteering your time or expertise in one of these programs is something you would be interested in, please check out our Volunteer page. We are always open to community members getting involved. Bella Ease couldn’t do it without you!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our youth services, either submit a message on the CONTACT US page or reach out to us by calling 217-209-0632.

Dennis Williams

Program Director

217-209-0632