Keeping Every Youth Safe (KEYS)

Basic Information

Address: 111 Maiden Lane (mailing) 209 South Lake Drive (site location) Lexington, SC 29072
Phone Number: 803-358-1561
Fax Number: 803-359-4460

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Additional Information

Focus: Academics and attendance improvement

Town of Lexington & the Town of Lexington Police Department

Director: Ebony Bowers
Schools Served: Lexington Elementary (LES) , Lexington Middle (LMS), Midway Elementary (MES), Meadow Glenn Elementary (MGE), Pleasent HIll Elementary (PHE). We provide transportation from LES and LMS directly to the KEYS site, other other schools parents will have to provide transportation.
School District: Lexington School District One
County: Lexington
Schedule: Monday - Thursday from 2pm -6pm
Ages: 5 to 13
Capacity: 55
Membership/Pricing: Free

Classroom setting with age groups divided as follows: K-2nd grades, 3rd-5th grades and 6th-8th grades.


In early 2003, the West Lexington community, along with the Lexington Police Department and the Lexington Improvement League recognized the need to provide quality after school activities to youth who may be coming home from school alone or have limited supervision between the hours of 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. These groups, along with representatives of approximately fifteen other public and non-profit organizations came together to create the Lexington Latchkey Collaborative who were instrumental in the design of the program and hiring of the first staff. During its first year of operation (2003-2004 school year), the KEYS Program served approximately fifty-five youth. Each youth received individual tutoring and mentoring, based on their needs provided by program staff and a cadre of volunteers from local churches and high schools. Additionally, Lexington Community Oriented Policing and School Resource Officers provide life skills training and the opportunity to positively react with law enforcement officials.

Program Highlights:

The results of this small community run, privately financed organization have been phenomenal. Teachers from schools where KEYS children attend classes have reported improvements in both reading and math scores. Additional successes have been reported in other classroom behaviors such as anger management, teamwork, sharing, and general health of the students.

Support Services:

Town of Lexington, the Town of Lexington Police Department and Harvest Hope Food Bank Kid's Cafe and Back pack programs.


Our main focus is on academic and attendance improvement. That is why homework, tutoring and mentoring are such strong components of KEYS. We also provide free time (free play and extra educational computer time), swim lessons, Mats2Men (wrestling program for males), and Music.

Field Trip Destinations: A yearly family trip to the circus is done during the school year.
Program Information:

KEYS follows the Lexington School District One calendar and we do not meet on district Collaborative Planning Days. We have partnered with The Quest Zone to provide a safe and academically structured environment for our students throughout the entire week. On the day that KEYS does not meet, parents will be able to enroll their student(s) in the Quest Zone on district Collaborative Planning Days and Fridays for a low monthly fee.

Snacks are provided by Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Kids Café Program. Every child will have a healthy snack each day when they enter KEYS. Harvest Hope Food Bank also sponsors a Backpack Program, which provides weekend snacks that are easy for children to prepare.    


Parent news letters will be mailed or email monthly to inform parents/ guardians about up coming KEYS  and community events that their child or children may be able to participate in.  Parents are required to participate in at least 4 monthly meetings or extra approved activities or a combination of events.