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Out-of-School Time Program

Mission Statement

Seattle Parks and Recreation aims to bridge the gap between communities and school by creating programs that are culturally relevant and reflective of the community we serve.

The Mercer CLC offers the following programs:

The O.S.T. program offers a range of academic achievement, enrichment and recreation programs/activities that support the overall success of all students. Program will be held according to the following schedule: 

Session 2: January 19 – March 19. There will be no program the week of Feb 15-19 due to Mid-Winter Break

Clubs that meet on multiple days:

  • Drama Club – Tuesdays 4-5 pm, Wednesdays 10-11 am
  • Griot Girlz: I Can. I Am. I Will – Wed 10-11am, Friday 9:40-10:25 am
  • My Brother’s Keeper: Mon 4-5:30 pm, Thurs 4-5:30 pm
  • My Sister’s Keeper: Mon 4-5:30 pm, Tues 4-5:30 pm
  • Hermanx Unidx: Mon 4-5:30pm, Wednesday 9-10:30 am


  • 4:00 – 5:15 – SPIN Girls


  • 9:30 – 10:30 – LGBTQIA
  • 10:30 – 12:30 – Homework Cafe (drop in math support)
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Black Lives Matter
  • 11:30 – 1:00 – Cucina Cooking
  • 12:00 – 1:00 – Get REAL
  • 12:30 – 1:30- Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Skate Club! (drop in, open to all)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Meme Making
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Climate Change
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Music Magic
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Drawing with Colored Pencils
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Coding Fractals!
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Painting (watercolor)
  • 2:00 – 3:30 – Tennis ACES
  • 3:00 – 4:00 – 3D Printing
  • 3:00 – 4:00 – Bridge


  • 9:40 – 10:25 – Coping with COVID

See Club Description tab for all descriptions

All programs and activities are offered free of charge to students thanks to the Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Levy.

Clubs and Activities


  • Clubs: These programs will meet the same day/time each week. Programs have a limited capacity and students need to be registered in Family ID to participate.
  • Drop-In : these are open to all students at the same time each week and anyone can join from the links found on the OST Schoology page.


Meet the same day/time and require registration through FamilyID.

Spin Girls – Tuesday 4 – 5:15 pm

SPIN Girls is a free 9-week virtual program for girls of color in the 6th and 7th grade.  Club girls will get to explore their interest in STEM+Arts, develop leadership skills, and complete hands-on activities together.  Each girl will receive a take-home STEM kit that they will use to complete projects while in class.  This group will meet 1 additional week after all other enrichment classes are over.

Drama Club – Tuesdays; 4 – 5pm and Wednesday 10 – 11am

Lights! Camera! Action! Join us for the Winter Session of Drama Club 2.0.  We’ve expanded and extended this program to be on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, and we’ve brought on a Co-Director.  This winter we’ll get “hands-on” experience in the art of pretending through script and character analysis, facial and spatial awareness, as well as the theatrical illusions actors can create on the virtual stage.  This session we will be building up for an optional production to be presented in May.  No prior experience is needed!

LGBTQIA – Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:30 am

We are a safe, welcoming, and supportive space for LGBTQIA youth and allies. come to socialize, learn about LGBTQIA stories and history, and become an activist in the community. become an advocate for social justice and a resource for others wanting to learn more about LGBTQIA topics.

Griot Girlz: I Can. I Am. I Will. – Wednesdays; 10 – 11am and Fridays 9:40 – 10:25

A journey of Self-Love, Care & Identity through Poetry, Movement, Music, and Visual art. We’ll use elements of hip-hop culture past & present, to discover and develop tools that will increase our ability to overcome difficulty with self-love, care, and identity.  This group meets 2 times per week.

Black Lives Matter – Wednesday 11-12

This group is a safe place to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement with a consistent group of peers, learn about history of the BLM, and how to support current actions.  Potential activities and projects will be shaped by teen input and will reflect what students want to focus on.

Cucina Cooking – Wednesdays 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Sign up for this hands on Cooking Crash Course with Seattle Cucina Cooking School! Each week we’ll whip up a recipe that focuses on important cooking skills and new dishes to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ll learn how to work with delicious seasonal vegetables, make classic sauces from all over the world, make a well-rounded dinner, work with eggs, stir fry, bake, and more!

Get REAL -Wednesday 12 -1 pm

In Get REAL, youth learn about and discuss healthy friendships and relationships through fun activities and lesson topic discussions. The program covers topics such as communication skills, peer pressure, friendships, boundaries, dating relationships and the warning signs of dating violence. This is also a great opportunity to connect with peers, high school mentors, and make new friends in a virtual setting.

Dungeons & Dragons – Wednesdays; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Interested in role playing? What about adventures? Join Mercer’s Dungeons and Dragons club! Whether you have a lot of roleplaying experience or brand new, come learn one of the most popular roleplaying games in the world!

Meme Making – Wednesday 1-2pm

Make the class laugh by making clever current event-based memes with your classmates.  We’ll pick a topic, partner up, and then make jokes and memes while pickup up great computer skills along the way!

Climate Change – Wednesday 1-2 pm

Teens will have the opportunity to discover, plan and initiate their own efforts to combat climate change on a local level.  Students will learn about and discuss the causes of climate change and the effects it has on their community such as extreme weather events, species extinction, environmental justice, health impacts, etc. as well as topics around sustainability.  The students will have the opportunity to complete a project around climate change action of their choosing.

Music Magic – Wednesday 2 – 3 pm

Take your singing, songwriting and performance skills to the next level.  Explore the magic that makes music.  Learn what it takes to be an artist in the music world.  Practice recording your work with music software. Calling all vocalists, songwriters and music producers.  Let’s explore and create music together!

Drawing with Colored Pencils – Wednesday 2-3pm

In drawing club, students will practice drawing with colored pencils and learn new techniques to create realistic drawings.  Focuses will be on shading, shaping, and creating!

Coding Fractals! – Wednesday; 2-3 p.m.

During this session, students will be able to learn more about geometric patterns called fractals, like the Sierpinski triangle and fractal tree. As the course continues, we will handcraft a fractal out of paper and eventually visualize various fractals using an online python IDE.

Painting – Wednesday 2-3 pm

This watercolor class gives students an opportunity to explore art through the watercolor medium.  Students will explore and practice different techniques such as strokes, colors, lines, shading, and shapes.

Tennis ACES – Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30pm

Learn the basics of tennis during this 8-week course!  Forehand, backhand, volleys, and serving are techniques that we will focus on.  Students will have the opportunity to check out necessary equipment to practice inside and at home (soft tennis balls). This group may be 1-2 opportunities to meet in-person at the tennis courts on Rainier Beach campus to practice the skills outside following COVID-19 precautions of restrictions and weather allow.

My Brother’s Keeper; Monday 4-5:30 p.m. and Thursday 4-5:30 p.m.

MBSD (My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper is a group mentoring program for students of the Black/African descent. Mentors work with students on Life Skills, Academic Goal Setting, Health and Nutrition and engaging in Community, Culture, and Heritage lessons to understand their history.Mentor groups will also be holding weekly book clubs.

My Sister’s Keeper; Monday 4-5:30 p.m. and Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m.

MBSK (My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper is a group mentoring program for students of the Black/African descent. Mentors work with students on Life Skills, Academic Goal Setting, Health and Nutrition and engaging in Community, Culture, and Heritage lessons to understand their history.Mentor groups will also be holding weekly book clubs.

Hermanx Unidx – Monday 4-5:30 pm and Wednesday 9 – 10:30 am 

Hermanx Unidx (HU) is an hermandad empowering Latinx students at Asa Mercer International Middle School.  Mentors and peer-to-peer accountability encourages students to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.  The objective of the Hermandad is to strengthen unity amongst Latinx students and to experience personal growth through scholarship, cultural awareness, and leadership.

3D Printing – Wednesday; 3-4 p.m.

3-D Printing and Design – Take your imagination to the next level. In this class students learn 3D design and prototype modeling through an easy design tool. Projects are built through the Tinkercad program and printed by our 3D printer. Challenge yourself to create something entirely new! Projects will be printed and available for student pick up at the end of class.

Bridge – Wednesday 3-4 pm

Once a week, students will meet to socialize, have fun, and learn the game of bridge!  The game of bridge knows to geographic or socio-economic boundaries.  There are no age or gender concerns.  Anyone is welcome to learn and enjoy the game of bridge!

Coping with COVID – Friday 9:40 – 10:25 am

Let’s figure out how to live through a pandemic and be healthy!  Led by Mercer School Nurse Jill.


These are open to all students at the same time each week and anyone can join from the links found on the OST Schoology Page.

Homework Cafe – Wednesdays; 10:30 – 12:30 am (registration not required – link to join us is on Schoology)

UTSS tutors host Microsoft Teams rooms for math support – math topics vary depending on the week.

Skate Club – Wednesdays: 1- 2 p.m.

have you ever wanted to learn how to kick flip? Come hang out at the virtual skate club! We will roll our way into the world of skating! This club will focus on skateboarding techniques, skate-related art, and creating connections among middle school shredders!

Parks Academy of Learning (P.A.L)

The Parks Academy of Learning is a summer program that is geared to provide students with a jump start on the next academic year. Students participate in mini lessons in core subject matters (Math, ELA, & Reading) along with socio-emotional development workshops and recreational activities.

Student enrolled in this program are selected and invited to participate by administration based on end of year progress with core subject matters; as well as offered to incoming sixth graders as a transition to middle school.

Breakfast and Lunch are provided to students daily. Transportation is available based on need.

“Quality afterschool programs provide safe, engaging and fun learning experiences to help children and youth develop their social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic skills.”