TARGET is an after-school program for 24 youth participants (ages 5–10) residing in the Laurel Gardens Housing Community in the City of Danbury and a limited number of other children in need of after school programs. In cooperation with the Pembroke Elementary School, the TARGET program is operated on-site during the after-school hours of 2:30–5:30 P.M on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It is also operated during daytime hours in summer when school is not in session.
TARGET provides to its participants the benefits of an after school program – keeping youth safe during the after-school hours – as well as providing a healthy lifestyle curriculum based on evidence-based best practices. The goals of the program aim to provide its participants with a safe and nurturing environment, instruction on positive living and healthy social skills, and giving regular homework assistance and literacy instruction for each participant to assist in increasing academic success.