Community Backpack


UPDATED: 5/14/2024

If you are interested in adding a community program to this page, click here and fill out the form. 

All materials must include the following disclaimer: This is not a school-sponsored activity and the Racine Unified School District does not approve, support or endorse this program/activity.

Protect Yourself - BeLeaf Survivors Workshop

This self defense workshop is open to all female identifying participants.

Tuesday, May 21 from 6-8 P.M. at Case High School's fieldhouse
Flyer | Registration

VBS - Very Best Summer

Your elementary-aged child will learn all about friendship, belonging and purpose.

June 24-27, 9am-12:30pm at Journey Church

Youth Volunteer Corps - Summer of Service

This summer, there are various opportunities for youth from all walks of life and abilities to be able to give back, learn and access experiences they wouldn’t normally have access to. Informational Flyer

Registration & Volunteer Waiver Form (must be filled out) | Opportunities (scroll down to register for each week)

Group Therapy for Children and Teens

This is a group therapy program designed for children and teens to cope with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, trauma, and ODD. Dialectal Behavioral Therapy is the type of therapy being used that focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This program is weekly and the dates depend on the age range. Group therapy is being held at Advance Clinical Services in Kenosha. | Flyer

Contact or 262-864-1141 for more information.

Park HS Education Pathway Night at Bear Paw Adventure Park

Park High School Education Pathway students invite you to a night of fun at Bear Paw Adventure Park!

Saturday June 1  |  4pm - 9:30pm
Tickets are available here and Park's Education Pathway program will receive 25% of all sales. | Flyer

YMCA Spring/Summer 2024 Programs

Coach Ray's Co-Ed Basketball (Grades 3 - 8)
Girls Basketball (Grades 3 - 8)
Co-Ed Soccer (Pre K - 8th Grade)
Instructional Baseball (ages 8 - 12)
Instructional Soccer (ages 3 - 11)

Contact Ryan at with questions.

UW-Parkside Pre-College Camps

UW-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education is pleased to announce our lineup of in-person, on-campus pre-college camps this summer! Visit to learn more about and apply for scholarships, view full camp details, and register today!

UW-Parkside ACT Online Test Prep

UW-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education is pleased to announce our lineup of online ACT Test Prep courses this summer! Prepare for the ACT at UW-Parkside. Visit to learn more​​​​​​.

WI Humane Society Summer Youth Programs

The Wisconsin Humane Society in Racine offers Youth Programs for children of all ages. If your child has a passion for animals, find out how they can get involved at WHS!

Eco-J Summer Camp

Eco-J Summer Camps are full-day outdoor, nature-based camps that get children excited about and engaged with the natural world. Each week-long camp explores a different focus within the summer’s theme of Animal Care with age-appropriate hands-on investigations, art projects, games, and more. Each day features time for campers to participate in free choice activities, create, play, and discover! Flyer
Register your adventurer today:

Camp Invention

Spark your child's curiosity and creativity at Camp Invention! This nationally acclaimed K-6 program comes to Jefferson Lighthouse from 7/29/24-8/2/24 and we welcome all RUSD students to register for all-new, hands-on STEM fun! Flyer

Mount Pleasant Summer Programs

Get details on five fun summer programs here: Flyer

Compass USA - Host Families Needed

YOU can be a host family! International students are coming to your area this summer. Dates vary - students come from Spain or France and are between 14-18 years old. Students stay for 3-4 weeks. They come with their own spending money, insurance and program support. Share your community - share your home - Make this one a summer to remember!

Contact Jennifer King, | Flyer

UW-Green Bay Summer Camps & Youth Programs

All programs are facilitated by UW-Green Bay faculty, student interns, and content experts on a variety of subjects including, STEM-based offerings, Youth Empowerment, Leadership, Cultural Heritage, Athletics, Computer Science, Theater, Music, and more! Information Packet | Website

LeadGB Girls Camp which is a girls focused leadership and empowerment camp. This offering has (2) sessions (June 17-21 or June 24-28) for youth aged 6- 14 to attend.

More information can be found here, Lead GB - Camps & Youth Programs - UW-Green Bay (

 Music Camp, which is in it’s 55th year here at UWGB! This camp will have four areas of interest for campers to choose from: Jazz, Composition, Piano, and Strings. We will be offering (1) session (August 12-16) for youth aged 14-18.

More information can be found here, Music Camp - Camps & Youth Programs - UW-Green Bay (


Smart Smiles - No Cost Dental Screenings

The Smart Smiles program specializes in preventative oral health of children. Dental professionals provide oral health education, oral screening, monitoring of baby teeth, fluoride treatments, placement of sealants, and referrals for urgent oral health care needs. This is all at NO COST to the students, families or schools involved. Sealants are a quick, easy and painless way to prevent most cavities children get and they can be applied by a dentist or dental hygienist at your child’s school. Applying sealants in schools saves your child time away from class and prevents your child from developing cavities which can cause pain, discomfort, and make eating or concentrating in class difficult.
English | Spanish

Girl Scout Promise Program - Troop Experience

Girl Scout staff will meet with girls at different schools, twice a month, from October to May to deliver high-quality programming focused on STEM, outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship through a wide variety of activities.
Information for Julian Thomas Elementary | Knapp Elementary | Mitchell K8

Racine County Meals on Wheels

Make a difference in the lives of local older adults! Deliver a meal and a smile with the Racine County Meals on Wheels program!

Good News Club

Good News Club is a FREE weekly after-school program, where screened and trained volunteers teach good character and Biblical principles through fun songs, games, stories, and hands-on learning activities.

Good News Club will be meeting at Schulte Elementary School every Tuesday after school beginning October 3rd. Download the flyer for more information or register today at! Informational Flyer and registration

UW-Extension 4-H Program, Racine County

4‑H empowers young people to lead for a lifetime. Our programs in science, healthy living and civic engagement are backed by a network of 100 public universities and a robust community of 4‑H volunteers and professionals. Through hands-on learning, kids build not only confidence, creativity and curiosity, but also life skills such as leadership and resiliency to help them thrive today and tomorrow. Click here to learn more. 

There will be a Racine County 4-H Open House on Tuesday, August 23 from 6-8 PM at Raymond School. Click for more info.

Cub Scouts

Join a Cub Scout Pack in your area and experience a variety of fun activities that build skills and character, both indoors and outdoors. All girls and boys are welcome! For more information, visit or contact Austin Gulbrandson at or 414.443.2860. Click for more info.

Wisconsin Humane Society - Youth Programs

The Wisconsin Humane Society has several Youth Program opportunities available, including Birthday Parties, Camps, Kids Night Out, Field Trips and more! Visit their website or check out this postcard for more information.

Volunteer Center of Racine - Summer youth opportunities

There are a number of summer youth volunteer opportunities available through the Volunteer Cente of Racine County. Click here to view details, then click here for the parent waiver.

Big Sisters of Greater Racine, Inc.

Big Sisters of Greater Racine, Inc. is committed to the positive growth of young girls in our community by pairing them with caring volunteer women and encouraging friendships that foster guidance, motivation, and hope.

If you are interested in becoming a Big Sister please read this flyer and brochure.

Mrs. Myers' Learning Lab

Mrs. Myers' Learning Lab specializes in Reading and Math, small-group intervention. They follow a proprietary, play-based curriculum that focuses on teaching students through multiple modalities (seeing, moving, and hearing), to ensure they are reaching every student where he or she is at. Their programming is intended for students between the ages of 4-12.

For more information, please view this informational flyer.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (at-risk students, single-parent families)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha County works to establish children with role models who can support their academic, social and emotional needs. If you feel your child could use the support of a Big Brother or Big Sister, please use the contact information below to schedule an orientation date.

3131 Taylor Ave., Building 4, Box 7
(262) 637-7625

Youth Volunteer Corps hosted by the Volunteer Center of Racine

The Youth Volunteer Corps creates volunteer opportunities for student ages 11 - 18 to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. Our Team Leader supervises, trains, and encourages youth through volunteerism to know more about Racine and learn how a youth's volunteerism contributes to well-being of our community. Click here for program information and a sampling of the projects our student volunteers have worked on.

Learn more at on the Youth Volunteer Corps website, by contacting or by calling 262-886-9612.

Racine Art Museum's Wustum Museum

Racine Art Museum's Wustum Museum offers art classes throughout the school year and summer. Classes for adults and children in a wide variety of media. Sharpen your skills and learn something new! In addition, both the Racine Art Museum and RAM's Wustum Museum offer FREE drop-in art opportunities monthly. Spend time in the galleries looking at art and then make your own creation to take home with you.

For a list of available classes, visit:

For more information, contact Tricia Blasko at

Racine County Foster

Interested in becoming a Racine County foster parent? Foster parents offer a temporary home for children until they can be safely returned to their own homes. Racine County currently needs homes open and willing to accept siblings and older children between the ages of 5 - 18 years of age. Learn more at an upcoming informational session held every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at 1717 Taylor Ave., classroom D or every third Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at 201 S. Kendrick Ave., in Burlington, WI. Contact Jessica Scheeler for more information at 262.638.6595 or email

WI Facets

WI FACETS is a parent training and information center that assists parents and educators in navigating the Special Education system. WI FACETS offers training (online & in-person), as well as information and referrals via phone. Call (877) 374-0511 for more information.

Salvation Army Healthy Kids Diner

The Healthy Kids Diner offers a nutritious hot meal program for kids 18 and under six days per week at The Salvation Army and selected COP Houses in the City of Racine. The program also offers opportunities for children to have positive interactions with Racine police officers. There are no fees. Click here 

Racine Theatre Guild

Children of all ages have the chance to sharpen their dancing, singing, and acting skills through exciting theatre classes! Kids can also be introduced to the magic of theatre all year long with imaginative Packy Plays presented by the Racine Children’s Theatre!

4C-For Children

4C-For Children is Southeastern Wisconsin’s Child Care Resource & Referral agency. 4C helps families locate child care and gives families information about each child care provider’s quality star rating. This is a free service to all families who live in Racine. For more detailed information, call 262-633-0959 or 414-562-2676 or visit the 4C website at to start your childcare search. This is not a school-sponsored activity and the Racine Unified School District does not approve, support or endorse this program/activity.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

To help keep hazardous waste out of our rivers and lakes we ask that the residents of the City of Racine, Caledonia, Elmwood Park, Mount Pleasant, North Bay, Sturtevant & Wind Point take advantage of our Household Hazardous Waste collection events! Proper disposal of hazardous materials is important for our environment and our health.

Click here for more information and collection dates.

Advancing Family Assets - Young Adults Program

The Advancing Family Assets (AFA) Programs aim to increase financial stability and family success by focusing on three key areas: income, education, and whole health. Through the AFA Programs, families with school age children and young adults (17-28) gain access to new resources and build a strong network of personalized supports as they take steps to establish and achieve goals that lead to lasting change.

Click here for more information.

Advancing Family Assets Program

The Advancing Family Assets Program works one-on-one with families in the 53403 and 53405 zip codes to increase financial stability and overall family success through a focus on three key areas: income, whole health, and education. Call 262-632-6200 x111 for more information or download the brochure here.

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