Tucked inside of otherwise prosperous South Arlington, Arlington Mill and Pike Village Center are home to many low-income, immigrant, and refugee families with limited resources and significant challenges. Almost 80% of Aspire! Afterschool Learning Center children qualify for special services as English language learners or because of learning or behavioral concerns, and fewer than 40% read at grade level. Aspire! reaches over 1,000 students through school partnerships, and over 80 children in grades three to five with Learning ROCKS!, an intensive, daily, after-school program and seven-week summer camp whose major focus is language and literacy. This is particularly important since third grade is the first year in which schools shift from students “learning to read” to students “reading to learn,” and because research shows a clear correlation between upper-elementary reading proficiency and high school graduation. AmeriCorps volunteers work with children during and after school, and workshops help parents support their children's education. 92% of students improve their reading levels while families grow stronger. It's a great story.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; Columbia Heights West; Pike Village Center

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Students; Immigrants/Refugees; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Campbell Elementary School; Carlin Springs Elementary School; Claremont Elementary School; Randolph Elementary School; Barcroft Elementary School

Awards & Recognition

Greenbrier Learning Center (now knowing as Aspire! Afterschool Learning) was recently recognized with the following awards:

2011 Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Board Leadership Award, recognizing GLC for its good governance and innovative practice.

Arlington Community Foundation's Award for Innovation and Impact, recognizing GLC's work in the South Arlington community.

GLC was also named a finalist for the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, recognizing GLC's Learning ROCKS! Program as "one of the best arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Aspire! Afterschool Learning is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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