The Bonner Out-of-School Time Programs (BOOST Programs) are homework help and academic enrichment programs for the students of Jefferson County, Tennessee, operated through a partnership with Carson-Newman University’s Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and the Jefferson City Housing Authority (JCHA). The mission of the BOOST Programs is to combat educational injustice by providing engaging, scholastic programming for the students of Jefferson County in order to increase academic performance, enhance character development, and promote college access.
BOOST programs are offered free of charge and are for students in age from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Currently, the BOOST program operates at the Cherokee and Hillview Housing Authority Complexes in Jefferson City. The program is from 3:00-5:00 PM Monday through Friday and is open on days when Jefferson County Schools are in session. In addition, the program is extended until 7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings, offering dinner to children who attend BOOST.
BOOST also offers a summer enrichment program from 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM at the Hillview location during the months of June and July. Lunch is offered daily during this program. There are a large number of student volunteer opportunities with the BOOST program, which is mostly student-led and student-initiated. For information on volunteer opportunities with BOOST, or to enroll a child in the BOOST program, contact the BOOST Coordinators.