Behailu Out of School Time Program

Behailu Academy is an arts-based youth development program that empowers youth to find and use their voices through the arts, academics, and community service.  We accomplish our mission by offering a variety of classes including performing arts, music, visual arts, culinary, technology, tutoring, and more.

Behailu Academy’s Out of School Time Program provides daily programming for 7th-12th grade students in Northeast Charlotte. Van transportation is provided for students at Garinger, Cochrane, and Eastway Middle Schools.

  • Access to the arts: Visual, performing, and digital media classes

  • Access to enrichment: Tutoring, homework help, community service, arts experiences in the community

  • Access to resources: Transportation, snacks, school supplies, a safe space, computers

  • A culture of respect, love, acceptance, and positive support among peers and adults


What does a day at Behailu Academy look like?  

  • Behailu vans pick up students their schools and drive them home in the evening

  • Snack provided each afternoon and dinner served during evening program hours

  • 90 minutes of art classes: performing, visual, digital (4 days/week)

  • 90 minutes of homework help/tutoring as needed

  • Individual conversations about grades and behavior

  • Time to relax and be a teen in a safe, supportive environment

What we Offer

We offer a varying mix of programming each session at Behailu Academy.  We check in with students to see what they might be interested in learning during upcoming sessions.  In the past we have offered.

  • Music

  • Improv

  • Theatre

  • Photography

  • Culinary Art

  • Jewelry

  • Paper Mache/Sculpture

  • Dioramas

  • Muay Thai

  • Music Therapy

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Mixed Media Art

  • Upcycled Art

  • Knitting

  • Mixed Fiber Art