Miller School of Medicine UHealth Clinic at OYC
A partnership with University of Miami Health Clinic (UHealth) adds a pertinent healthcare component to the OYC programming. UHealth is a mini-clinic which brings volunteer UHealth physicians to OYC 3 times a week to provide check-ups for enrolled children and families. Services include: health education, promotion of health literacy, mental health screening and referral, medical referrals and community outreach – such as linkages with school nurses, first aid for sports injuries, school physicals, pre-participation physicals for OYC events, select primary care services for uninsured OYC youth and their parents, and marriage/family therapy.
“This relationship is truly a blessing,” Alonzo Mourning said. “It will give us an opportunity to recognize some of the obstacles that might keep our young people from getting an education … I truly know that if they don’t have their health it will be difficult for them to focus on the things that will make them successful.”
Miami Dade Public Schools
OYC fostered a strong cooperative agreement with the Miami- Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) which enables the two agencies to collaboratively maximize the impact and delivery of educational services to youth. This agreement authorizes access to the records of students participating in the OYC program. These include attendance records, student progress reports, report cards, conduct grades and FCAT scores. OYC In- School Service Coordinators are also authorized to function within each of the partner schools and interact with school officials daily. This symbiotic relationship attempts to demonstrate that public schools and community- based organizations can work together to positively affect student’s success in school and in life.
Service Schools: Phyllis Wheatley, Paul E. Dunbar, Downtown Miami Charter, and Frederick R.Douglass Elementary schools, Jose de Diego Middle School, Theodore and Thelma Gibson Charter School, Booker T. Washington High School and our other affiliate schools. Thank you for opening your doors to OYC on a daily basis and allowing us to provide these comprehensive services within your schools.
“Links Education Students to Draw” Arts Project
“L.E.T.S. Draw” Arts Project in partnership with The Links, Incorporated Greater Miami Chapter, the local affiliate of an international, not-for-profit organization of more than 10,000 women of color committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of children and families of African ancestry by focusing on service to the community. The program consists of a weekly drawing class with resident art instructor, Rodney Royal, guest instructors/speakers, and field trips scheduled throughout the program year. The students’ artwork will be displayed at various community venues and public places to showcase the talent of our youth in Overtown.
The members of LINKS created this partnership to continue to nurture OYC student’s artistic abilities, and expose them to the many possibilities both educationally and professionally that can come as a result of their talent.