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Statistics show that children who participate in high-quality after school programs experience improved grades, better work habits, higher school attendance, improved social skills and interpersonal behavior, reduced misconduct, and enhanced self-efficacy at higher rates than students who attend a basic after care program. With this understanding and appreciation, The Back Pack was created. 
The Back Pack offers children more than just a place to hang out until you get off work. In addition to receiving homework help, playtime, and snack time, children participate in a variety of fun, enriching weekly activities. The students spend the days learning, creating, discovering, and growing! 
Our Back Pack program goes well beyond just watching students. We strive to unlock their potential and give them the love and care they need to become confident and thoughtful individuals. That means giving each child the encouragement, environments, and materials they need to follow their passions and help them become the best they can be. No matter where their talents take them, we create positive communities of friends with games, STEM projects, creative arts, opportunities to help others, and plenty of playtime to keep kids happy, bright, and healthy. 


The spirit, energy, and genuine emotion found in each student inspires us to create unique and exceptional events. We host holiday dance parties, a Turkey Bowl Football Game, a Harvest Festival, a March Madness Basketball Game, do scavenger hunts, watch movies on the big screen, and we might even do a karaoke event!


Silo Center's Giving Initiatives 

Throughout the year, our Silo Center programs partner with Hope For Help, the organization for all giving initiatives and community outreach at New Hope Church.


We thank you in advance for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you as parents in teaching your children the core value of helping others in need. Our hope is that we would all fully embrace both the desperate needs of those in our community and those across the globe, and understand the opportunity we have to help them. The result will be the joy of seeing our children develop as selfless individuals as they learn to put others' needs ahead of their wants. This is an incredible lesson for children and adults alike.

Initiatives we are proud to be a part of:

  • Winter Coat Drive

  • Back 2 School Drive

  • Central Union Mission Sock Drive

  • Lorton Community Action Center Food Drive

  • Lorton Community Action Center Hygiene Drive

  • Feed My Starving Children Mobile Packs

  • Fairfax County Homeless Liasion Office

  • Fairfax County Public Schools Social Workers and School Counselors


Hope For Help partners directly with the school counselors at seven local schools within the South County pyramid: Silverbrook, Halley, Laurel Hill, Newington Forest, and Lorton Station and South County Middle School and South County High School. Through this connection, the food, coats, and school supplies go directly to the children and families in need.

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