YMCA Afterschool Programs are closing the academic achievement gap with programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow socially, emotionally and physically. Our programs center around summer learning loss prevention, afterschool, camp, child care, education and leadership, career exploration, food, STEAM, swim, sports & play, and other programs that encourage kids to be active and healthy while learning.
Y programs have been changing the lives of children and families in South Florida for over 100 years. The Y has evolved to accommodate the growing number of working families, regardless of economic status, and has embraced the philosophy that everyone benefits when youth of all cultural backgrounds and abilities work together. The Y Experience takes afterschool programming above and beyond the quality standard using evidenced-based components like Project-Based Learning/STEAM , YFit using SPARK curriculum, Social Skills using various curriculum, Literacy Activities, Family Involvement Initiatives, and Academic enrichment through homework help and technology.
[List of Elementary Schools – Miami]
Teen club programs are designed to strengthen youth involvement and connections with their community, family, school and peers. Adolescent programs utilize best practice strategies, including research-based program models and curricula, to minimize risk and strengthen protective factors that develop resiliency needed for college and career success. Youth grow into independent, productive adults. The program allows several high-interest activities that build on the youth’s voice.
Activities/Clubs may include, but are not limited to:
- Academic Enrichment
- STEAM (Project Base Learning)
- Arts and Humanities
- Character Development
- Health and Well-Being
- Homework Support/Tutoring
- Community Service
- Life Skills/Social Competency
- Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
- Cultural Art Activities
- Field Trips
- Career Development
MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCATIONS
Annabel C. Perry K-8 – United WAY
Arvida Middle School, Miami
Campbell Drive K-8, Miami
Carrie Meek/Westview K-8, Miami
Coconut Palm K-8, Homestead
Coral Gables Upper Academy, Coral Gables
Dr. Toni Bilbao Prep Academy, Doral
Howard D. McMillan Middle, Miami
Linda Lentin K-8, Miami
Miami Lakes Youth Center, Miami
Morningside K-8 Academy, Miami
Mother of Christ, Miami
North County K-8, Miami Gardens
North Dade Center for Modern Languages, Opa-Locka
Palmetto Middle School
Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8, Miami
Sawgrass Springs Middle, Coral Springs
Westpine Middle, Sunrise – United WAY
To minimize the Achievement Gap the Y takes a unique approach to non-school day and summer programming. Not only do we offer the fun traditional activities typically associated with camp, but we also place an emphasis on increasing physical activity, improving academic performance and teaching water safety. Our camp programs cultivate positive recreational experiences, while recognizing each individual child’s needs and abilities. Campers improve and/or maintain their physical fitness and academic levels through participation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), Literacy Activities, Social Skills, Project-Based Learning and Family Involvement.
Camps sites vary for each program.
The Children’s Trust (TCT) is a dedicated source of revenue derived from property taxes, established by voter referendum in 2002. The agency is dedicated to funding evidenced-based programs that achieve positive outcomes for children and families in our community and deliver a robust return on investment. The mission is to partner with the community to plan, advocate for and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County. TCT envisions a community that works together to provide the essential foundations to enable every child to achieve their full potential… Because All Children Are Our Children.
The United Way has served to meet the varying and diverse challenges facing communities throughout Miami-Dade county. Through partnerships and collaborations, the United Way supports programs designed to increase protective factors for youth, help working families sustain employment and help families reach their full potential.
The Foundation’s mission is to encourage and administer effective philanthropy by the Ocean Reef Community, supporting charitable efforts throughout Ocean Reef and the surrounding areas and helping Members to meet their individual charitable goals.
The Community Grant funds dozens of worthy charities in the areas of Education, Youth, Health & Family Services and the community at Ocean Reef and in Homestead, Florida City and the Upper Keys. To date, the program has awarded more than $6.1 million.