Life as a Boy

Provided by
Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Inc

Vera Court Neighborhood's Center Life as a Boy program is a mentorship program designed for boys in 3rd-5th grade. This program connects elementary age boys and positive male mentors during weekly programming.

Participants in the program develop social skills, confidence, and character through weekly discussions on leadership, civic engagement, health and fitness, character building, life skills, cultural awareness, sportsmanship and career exploration. Every other weekend the group attend a variety of field trips with mentors from local groups such as the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, UW  and Madison College volunteers, community volunteers and past program participants. Field trips include trips to local sporting events, bowling, local parks, mini golf, batting cages, swimming, Dane County Farmers Market and much more.

The program meets every Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 pm and every other Saturday morning (times vary according to scheduled field trip). Participants must attend the Thursday discussion piece to be eligible to attend the Saturday field trip. 

The Vera Court Neighborhood Center requires that all program participants are registered with the center before participating in center programming. To enroll your child in our Life as a Boy program please contact the Program Coordinator Jerrod Buckner at the 608-246-8372.
The Vera Court Neighborhood Center has wheelchair access on the West side of the building. The centers public playground also has wheelchair access to all play structures. At this time the center does not have wheelchair accessible transportation.
Vera Court does not offer specific services for individuals with special needs or disabilities but does work with families on a case by case basis to see if the general services we offer work for the individual or family. Accommodations can be made on a case by case basis, please call the Life as a Boy Coordinator Jerrod Buckner to discuss how the center can work with your family.
The Vera Court Neighborhood Center has 3 Spanish/English Bi-Lingual staff available Monday - Friday from 9:00-5:30 pm to provide communication and translation services to families. The Life as a Boy program is taught in English but all registration materials, permission slips and general program communication is available in Spanish.