Welcome to VELA!

​The VELA Scholars program provides Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) students with learning and enrichment opportunities after regular school hours beyond what might otherwise be available to them. We work hard to increase students’ confidence, social, and emotional well-being, as well as their academic performance.

Join us! NOTE: We will be in person in Fall 2021!!!

What is virtual VELA?
Note: We will be in person in 2021/2022!


Evelin Aquino,


James Harold,


"Since our worlds were all turned upside down by the pandemic, VELA has been a lifeline. This has been a very challenging time and adjusting to online learning has been really difficult, but the virtual VELA sessions have been fantastic. [My son] looks forward to them every day.

These sessions connect him to his peers and teach him things he's really excited to learn. The VELA instructors are warm, smart, funny, and incredibly dedicated."

"VELA has provided a safe and affirming environment, where [my son] has had the opportunity to sustain his academic success, explore new experiences, and express his creativity. It has greatly impacted his social, emotional, and academic development.

The program's supportive staff and inspirational interns have proven to be instrumental in making middle school enjoyable and successful."

“I love the fact the children have somewhere to go where they learn and grow with positive reinforcement. They have a place to go after school where they get help with their Homework and experience great activities. I have 3 of my teenagers in this program and one of them had a very difficult time being social and doing activities outside of his comfort zone. Ever since he joined VELA, he has come a long way socially and has grown in many positive ways. 
Thank you Vela for your dedication and attention you provide to our young teenagers in such a difficult stage and age."

Elaine Caraballo,