Quality Afterschool Programming

BEACON is an afterschool program that provides an intentional blend of enrichment and academic assistance support for students in Grand County, Utah.  Each year we consistently serve between 600 and 700 students and offer more than 160 enrichment clubs each year. Our program has been operating since 2005 and serves more than half of Grand County students in the K-8 age range.  We consistently serve children and youth from marginalized families with more than 60 percent of our students qualifying for the free and reduced lunch program. BEACON also offers information and events for families throughout the school year, a two week summer camp in partnership with Moab City Recreation Department, and meaningful opportunities for local businesses and organizations to support children and families in the community as community partners and funding sponsors.


Academic Support

At the elementary level, BEACON offers small group tutoring for students by grade level. The academic program is based on teacher referral and BEACON staff works closely with teachers who identify areas that need further skill development. BEACON staff follows-up with teachers throughout the year to ensure that students are supported and making good progress academically. We have found over the past few years, that more than 50 percent of BEACON students at risk of failure improved their grades in math and language arts.

Tutoring is offered for elementary students Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, students in the academic program are enrolled in enrichment clubs, giving them an opportunity to enjoy other activities through our enrichment clubs. Our academic program is no cost to families. To request assistance for your student, please complete this form and return it to the BEACON office at your child's school.

Middle School students are welcome to the library every school day to receive tutoring or homework help from a staff of trained academic coaches. Teachers also refer students to BEACON for homework academic support and BEACON staff checks grades and academic standing to help identify areas where we can be of the most help to students. Students who complete their work and/or are in good academic standing can participate in enrichment clubs that are offered, hang out in Room 20 for supervised, unstructured hang out time, or remain in the library with their friends. 

Enrichment & Life Skills


BEACON incorporates prevention strategies and life skills training into our program. Our purpose is to help children gain the tools they need for success that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

  • Developing healthy relationships

  • Building positive self-esteem

  • Physical exercise and nutrition

  • Career exploration and job readiness


Family & Community Events

BEACON offers educational materials and events for families and the community. Each year our events include:

  • Lights On! for Afterschool
    - attended by over 300 people!

  • STEMonstrations at the Moab Festival of Science- hands on science activities

  • Community Dodgeball Tournament

  • Annual Family Picnic

We also offer special events during the year based on feedback provided by BEACON families.

BEACON hosted many family and community events in 2018-2019:

  • Arts and Crafts during Fire Mitigation Meeting

  • BEACON Folk Festival Bake Sale

  • Wii Love Families Night