Some 60% of families East of the River live below the poverty line. Children who experience poverty, systemic discrimination, and the unstable home environment these often create, frequently struggle in school. City Gate redefines what success can look like, engaging and empowering 250 students annually through its trauma-informed education programs. After school in community centers, public housing complexes, and churches, students participate in STEAM and literacy instruction, physical recreation, cooking, and crafting, in addition to receiving homework help and daily meals. To combat learning loss when school is not in session, City Gate designs full-day expeditions, community service projects, and arts and sports activities that foster students' self-esteem and social-emotional skills. By tailoring its programs to the unique needs of each child, City Gate acknowledges their individuality and value. When education is provided in a holistic, community-based way, it can be ... transformative.

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