YMCA Youth Development Broward Afterschool Program

The Y’s Youth Development Afterschool Programs focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement. They are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need youth have to feel connected and supports in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other.

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If you have any questions or need addition information on our Youth Programs and Resources, please contact one of our team members. We are happy to assist you.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL

Contact Info: YOUTH F.O.R.C.E. TEAM

Moy Chin-Sinn, Senior Program Director
954-298-8758

Natasha Howard, Lead Success Coach
954-952-0069

Charlotte Cross, Case Manager
954-594-0038

Contact Info: L.E.A.P. HIGH TEAM

Lamonica Jackson, Program Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1225
Dillard High School, Hallandale High School and Northeast High School

Michael Mapp, Program Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1210
Blanche Ely High School, McArthur High School and Stranahan High School

Nadia Prosper, Program Director
754-551-7159
Boyd Anderson High School, Piper High School and Plantation High School

Kerith Cobourne, Associate Executive Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1222
High School Initiatives

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

YOUTH F.O.R.C.E. PROGRAMS

Youth FORCE (Friendships, Opportunities, Resources, Counseling And Education) is a specialized middle school program in Broward County that targets youth who need additional support and who have met proven risk factors known to increase the likelihood of engaging in high-risk behaviors. FORCE offers traditional middle school club and cultural arts activities, but is unique in that all families are connected to a case manager who provides assistance and additional resources.

The Program offers:

  • Success Coaching Services/Case Management
  • Academic Enrichment
  • STEAM (Project Base Learning)
  • Science/Technology
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Character Development
  • Health and Well-Being

The Program Activities include:

  • Homework Support/Tutoring
  • Community Service
  • Life Skills/Social Competency
  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
  • Cultural Art Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Career Development
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

L.E.A.P. HIGH PROGRAMS

The Y offers LEAP HIGH (Leadership, Enrichment and Academy Pursuits) programs for 9th and 10th grade students. The LEAP HIGH programs offers students the extended learning environment that reinforces and enhances the lessons taught during the regular school day through Project-based Learning.

College & Career Readiness, Technical Skills and Cultural Arts activities offer an avenue for youth to learn new skills and discover new talents. Our High School Programs foster an environment built to increase academic achievement, social and technical skills using “disguised learning” experiences.

The Program offers:

  • Success Coaching Services/Case Management
  • Debate It: Youth in Government
  • Credit Recovery
  • Creative Arts (Music/Band, Literacy Arts, Painting, Dancing/Step)
  • Math, Reading & Science Tutoring (STEAM based activities)
  • College Tours
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership

By participating in these programs, students have seen:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduced unexcused absences
  • Reduced High school drop-out rates
  • Increased family involvement
  • Increased college and career readiness
  • Reduced teen pregnancy
PRESCHOOL/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Contact Info: GENERAL POPULATION M.O.S.T. TEAM

Kaytrina Allen, Associate Executive Director
954-232-7514

Evan Arnett, Senior Program Director
954-892-8746

Marques Brown, Senior Program Director
954-625-0516

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Y program provides a safe, positive environment for children that enhances academic performance, supports social, emotional and physical development and strengthens positive peer relationships in an afterschool setting.

The Y Experience takes afterschool programming above and beyond the quality standard using evidenced-based components:

  • Project Based Learning /STEAM
  • Y-Fit using SPARK curriculum
  • Social Skills using various curriculum
  • Literacy Activities
  • Family Involvement Initiatives
  • Academic enrichment through homework help and technology

We make every attempt to work alongside and collaborate with the schools. 

SPECIAL NEEDS
INCLUSION PROGRAMS

At the Y, the goal of inclusion is to increase each child’s ability to take part in activities with their peers and to create a mutual sense of belonging. The Y currently offers inclusion at elementary and middle schools. The program is designed for children, teens and adults beginning at age 4 through 22 with a wide range of special needs, including physical, developmental, sensory and learning disabilities. The service structure and program schedules closely mirror that of a typical Y Afterschool Program.

  • Project Based Learning /STEAM
  • YFit using SPARK curriculum
  • Family Involvement Initiatives
  • Literacy Activities and academic enrichment through homework help and technology

Contact Info: SPECIAL NEEDS TEAM

Susan Feldman, Associate Executive Director
954-608-2366

Nunderia Adderley, MOST Senior Program Director
786-247-6675

Teresa Spitler, MOST Senior Program Director
954-655-9623

Jean Kneely, MOST Senior Program Director
954-826-0800

Shaymonica Jones, STEP Program Director
954-701-9955

Y STEP Program

(Supported Training Employment Program)

The program is designed to help teens and young adults with special needs ages 16-22 transition to independence. During the school year, Y STEP students identify and explore post-secondary career and educational interests to develop the skills needed to become successful adults.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Highly structured to strengthen protective factors and reduce risk factors
  • Increase employment and secondary education opportunities
  • Connect youth and families to resources to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood

PROGRAM OFFERS:

  • Success Coaching Services/Case Management
  • Field trips to explore potential employment and educational opportunities
  • Cooking labs to learn how to prepare healthy meals
  • Workshops to help improve communication and social skills
  • Resume writing and interviewing skill development
  • Students gain meaningful paid summer employment at local businesses and Y family centers for up to 30 hours per week
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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions or need addition information on our Youth Programs and Resources, please contact one of our team members. We are happy to assist you.

YOUTH F.O.R.C.E. TEAM

Moy Chin-Sinn, Senior Program Director
954-298-8758

Natasha Howard, Lead Success Coach
954-952-0069

Charlotte Cross, Case Manager
954-594-0038

L.E.A.P. HIGH TEAM

Lamonica Jackson, Program Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1225
Dillard High School, Hallandale High School and Northeast High School

Michael Mapp, Program Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1210
Blanche Ely High School, McArthur High School and Stranahan High School

Nadia Prosper, Program Director
754-551-7159
Boyd Anderson High School, Piper High School and Plantation High School

Kerith Cobourne, Associate Executive Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1222
High School Initiatives

SPECIAL NEEDS TEAM

Susan Feldman, Associate Executive Director
954-608-2366

Nunderia Adderley, MOST Senior Program Director
786-247-6675

Teresa Spitler, MOST Senior Program Director
954-655-9623

Jean Kneely, MOST Senior Program Director
954-826-0800

Shaymonica Jones, STEP Program Director
954-701-9955

General Population M.O.S.T. TEAM

Kaytrina Allen, Associate Executive Director
954-232-7514

Evan Arnett, Senior Program Director
954-892-8746

Marques Brown, Senior Program Director
954-625-0516