Blake is currently in the 6th grade and has been a student at the Overtown Youth Center since the 3rd grade. When Blake first enrolled at the Overtown Youth Center, he had behavioral issues and often got into trouble. His behavior would affect his grades and his attitude towards learning both here at OYC and in school. With the help of OYC staff members, Blake gradually began to change. He improved in his behavior which ultimately improved his academic and conduct grades. Blake began to exemplify leadership qualities and set an example for his fellow peers. Now, we are proud to announce that Blake is a member of the 80% club at Douglass Elementary, which means he is a top student in the fifth grade, who scored 80% or better on his school test. Blake has been awarded the “Top Five Student” of the month award at OYC and has scored one of the top math scores in the entire school. Blake now enjoys helping others and is definitely on his way to becoming a role model and leader.
Kashia is in the 8th grade and has been a student at the Overtown Youth Center since the 2nd grade. Kashia has always been ambitious and willing to participate in new things. One day her OYC Coordinator discovered her dance ability while watching her in a dance class at the center and instantly recognized a new talent. This summer the center was offered to send two of their students to audition for the Alvin Ailey Dance Camp at the Arscht Center of the Performing Arts. Kashia did exceedingly well and received a full scholarship to attend the 6 week camp. Through that experience, her mom saw how talented she was in dance and had her audition for the Dance Program at the Miami Arts Charter School. We are eager to announce that Kashia was accepted into the Dance Program and is doing exceptionally well adapting to her new school. OYC is definitely fulfilling its mission as they continue to Inspire, Empower, and Enrich the youth they serve.