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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

ABOUT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

ALL KIDS HAVE POTENTIAL

The YMCA of South Florida is closing the academic achievement gap in the Broward and Miami-Dade counties with afterschool, out of school, and summer camp programs to improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow socially, emotionally and physically. Our program is designed for children in Elementary School, Middle school, and High School, and for children and adults with Special Needs. 

Youth Development, is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical process that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. A successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy. 

Our Funders & Partners

SUMMER CAMP
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AFTERSCHOOL
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EARLY CHILDHOOD
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OUR IMPACT

The YMCA is the largest provider of youth programs in the U.S.

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.

KIDS ENROLLED EACH YEAR
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AFTERSCHOOL

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOLS & SPECIAL NEEDS

YMCA afterschool programs foster each participant’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development through opportunities and experiences which focus on achievement, relationships and belonging. Activities are offered in a physically and emotionally safe environment where each child is encouraged to develop at his or her own unique rate by encouraging skill development and frequent leadership opportunities. 

Our after school programs help children and teens realize who they are and all they can achieve through academic intervention and enrichment activities. 

ELEMENTARY AFTERSCHOOL

ELEMENTARY INCLUSION PROGRAMS

Diverse and innovative, the face of Y afterschool programs is always evolving. We make every attempt to work alongside and collaborate with the schools and go above and beyond the quality standard using evidenced-based components:

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL

STRENGTHENING COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS

Teen club programs are designed to strengthen youth involvement and connections with their community, family, school and peers and help them grow into independent, productive adults. At the Y, we use 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. Activities and Clubs include:

• Academic Enrichment
• STEAM (Project Based Learning)
• Science/Technology
• Arts and Humanities
• Character Development
• Health and Well-Being
• And More! 

HIGH SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL

LEAP HIGH (LITERACY ENRICHMENT & ACADEMIC PURSUITS)

Through our partnerships with the School Board Of Broward County and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the Y’s LEAP HIGH  programs offer students an 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. Program includes:

• Success Coaching Services
• 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

SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIAL NEEDS

The YMCA has been the leader serving those with disabilities, special needs, and developmental challenges. The goal of inclusion programming at the Y 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 programming for children age 4 through adulthoodThe program schedules closely mirror that of a typical Y afterschool program and uses evidenced-based components:

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

CAMP

DISCOVER. THRIVE. GROW.

Day or Specialty Camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun, too!
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OUR TEAM

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The Y works hard at recruiting and retaining the highest level of child-care professionals. All staff undergo background screening in accordance with all federal, state, county, city, governmental and grant funding requirements and must pass a drug screening prior to employment.

All staff receive year-round trainings. All new staff is paired with an experienced mentor/coach. 

CONTACT US

WE ARE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU!

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

Katania Miller, Senior Program Director
954-623-5555, ext. 1218

Marques Brown, Senior Program Director
954-625-0516 

Keyla Castillo, Senior Program Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 2201
The Children’s Trust Programs

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

Eyleen Perez, Program Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 1126
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Yosselin Cordero, Program Director
305-357-4000, Ext. 1129
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

Kaytrina Allen, Associate Executive Director
954-623-5555 ext. 1219

Stacey Martin, Senior Program Director
954.623.5555 ext. 1054

Meta Honorat, Senior Program Director
954.623.5555 ext. 1526 

Teresa Spitler, MOST Senior Program Director
954-623-5555 ext. 1242

Thomasina Louissaint MOST Senior Program Director
954-623-5555 ext. 1223

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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 is designed to allow several high-interest activities that build on the youth’s voice. Activities/Clubs may include, but are not limited to

The Program offers:

● Academic Enrichment
● STEAM (Project Base Learning)
● Science/Technology
● Arts and Humanities
● Character Development
● Health and Well-Being

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.

Christina Bellamy, Associate Executive Director
954-623-5555 Ext 1228

Jennifer Taylor, Lead Success Coach
786-815-4250

School NameAddress
Dillard 6-12 (Youth Force Program)2501 NW 11th St, Ft Lauderdale Fl, 33311
Westpine Middle School9393 NW 50th St, Sunrise, FL 33351
Lauderdale Lakes Middle3911 NW 30th Ave, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33309
Parkway Middle3600 NW 5th Ct, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Westpine Middle School 9393 NW 50th St, Sunrise, FL 33351
Annabel C. Perry Elementary 6850 SW 34th St, Miramar, FL 33023

HIGH SCHOOL 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

Sharmanik Blake, Program Director
9545416720,

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

School NameAddress
Blanche Ely High1201 NW 6th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Boyd Anderson High3050 NW 41st St, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33309
Dillard 6-122501 NW 11th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Hallandale High720 NW 9th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
McArthur High6501 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33024
Northeast High700 NE 56th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Piper High8000 NW 44th St, Sunrise, FL 33351
Plantation High651 NW 42nd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317
Stranahan High1800 SW 5th Pl, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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