Interstages operates every day after school from 3:30-6:00 PM. Students must be registered by a parent or guardian. To learn more, please call (202) 824-0740 or email Herb.Scott@interstages.org.
Interstages was founded in 2005 by Herb Scott and Noel Tieszen,
former DC Public Schools teachers who saw a need for youth development
programming for their middle school students. Few youth living
East of the River have access to structured, age-appropriate afterschool
activities. Opportunities for these youth to discover their potential
and work toward future goals are often few and far between. Interstages
strives to fill this opportunity gap.
Interstages launched a pilot afterschool program for girls in February 2006. Even with minimal funding, the pilot semester’s huge success helped Interstages to build a growing network of individual, business, foundation, and community partners. These supporters help sustain quality programming and capacity-building so more girls (and eventually, boys) can access the opportunities Interstages provides.
At Interstages, students study the arts in historical and cultural context, so they begin to connect to history and view arts as both social indicators and tools for social change. Each unique curriculum unit integrates a wide range of academic content and incorporates music skills & experiences including:
Ear training workshops
Interactive field trips
Interactive field trips
Middle Years Focus
Interstages specifically supports students in grades 5-8 as they navigate this challenging stage and make decisions that can affect the rest of their lives. Using the principles of youth development to engage middle-schoolers who often fall through the cracks, Interstages fosters a community environment where youth feel comfortable, express themselves, and know their voices are heard.
Interstages not only helps each
student create and implement detailed academic plans but also
monitors and supports student progress toward personalized goals.
A unique educational coaching curriculum helps students learn
to take ownership of their learning. With staff guidance, each
young woman sets her own realistic but challenging academic goals,
including step-by-step plans and benchmarks to measure progress.
Interstages’ ratio of 6 students per adult ensures that
each student receives personalized assistance as she works toward
her vision of success.
Interstages, Inc. is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501(c)(3).