YMCA Youth Development Miami Afterschool Program

The Y’s Youth Development Miami Afterschool Programs focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement.Before and after the school bell rings, children in our on-site program are given a safe environment to boost academic skills and develop healthy habits that will carry with them throughout their lives, all under the guidance of caring adults.

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FL 21st Century
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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
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

This program is 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 is designed to allow several high-interest activities that build on the youth’s voice.

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
PRESCHOOL/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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. 

ADDITIONAL INFO

Contact Info: MIAMI - ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEAM

Angelica Sweeting, Grant Compliance Manager
305-357-4000, Ext. 2321
The Children’s Trust Programs

Erica Byrd, Program Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 1118
21st Century Community Learning Centers

John Ortega, Associate Executive Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1124
Grant Programs

Ayxis Averhoff, Associate Executive Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 1130
Fee-based Programs

ONLINE RESOURCES
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
ONLINE RESOURCES

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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.

MIAMI - ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEAM

Angelica Sweeting, Grant Compliance Manager
305-357-4000, Ext. 2321
The Children’s Trust Programs

Erica Byrd, Program Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 1118
21st Century Community Learning Centers

John Ortega, Associate Executive Director
954-334-9622, Ext. 1124
Grant Programs

Ayxis Averhoff, Associate Executive Director
305-357-4000
Fee-based Programs

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