Helping People….Changing Lives

Are You a Student?

The Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Afterschool Service provides children grades 1 through 12, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities. Service days and hours will vary by school district. After school services engage school-aged children in structured activities. Our trained staff create safe, supportive environments for the children that attend our service . Our service complements what children are learning in school and strengthens their sense of belonging in the communities in which they live.


• Homework assistance and tutoring
• Healthy snacks
• Supervised computer use
• Team-building activities
• Sports and fitness
• Financial Literacy Education – Take the Beat Your Brain Quiz 
• Community Service

Are You A Parent?

COI believes that one of the keys to school success is to help youth unlock their critical thinking skills.  Our trained staff members provide tested lesson plans that help youth to go beyond the classroom to put what they learn from 8 am to 3 pm into a context they can use for the rest of their life.  Our curriculum focuses on:

  •   Building character and financial assets
  •   Civic Responsibility
  •   Leadership development
  •   Community Service
  •   Health and fitness for life

Peer Mentoring

Our program utilizes the concept of peer mentoring.  We allow the older youth to teach which reinforces learning while the younger children get the positive experience of having a role model to guide them.

Financial Literacy

COI feels strongly that everyone has the right and the capacity to build assets which will be able to sustain them. It is never too early to begin teaching and practicing this with children and youth. With all of the demands of the school day, teaching the key elements of money and money management is difficult for the most dedicated teachers. That is why our services include those key concepts wrapped up in activities and projects. This allows us to supplement all of the great foundations kids get in school and develop all of their assets.


Leaders are made every day in the after school program whether it’s explaining the rules of a game or mentoring a younger student.  Our youth learn both the theory as well as the practical application of being a leader.

Community Service

One of the many ways a youth might be able to show off his planning and leading talents are through community service. At the same time, they learn the valuable lesson of giving back to the community.

Physical Fitness and Nutrition

Studies have shown that physical fitness and good nutrition aid in the learning process.  COI works with many of the school districts in Chautauqua County on a comprehensive approach to nutrition and fitness.

Student AND Parents Interested In Enrolling

After-school programming is currently available at Gowanda Central School. For more information call (716) 366-3333.


If you are a parent, student, or community member interested in how to initiate a partnership please contact us at or 661-9430.

For more information about any COI Afterschool Initiative, call (716) 661-9430 or email


Mission Statement

The COI Afterschool Service seeks to enhance communities and enrich the lives of children in Chautauqua County, NY by providing safe, supportive, and structured environments that support overall health and well-being. COI Afterschool offers quality educational, recreational, and cultural Services that promote the social, physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children and youth.