OYC’s programming is designed to engage children in educational and recreational activities that promote their academic, social, emotional and physical development. It boasts five major components designed to empower youth to excel in school and in life overall. A wide range of preventive and character-building activities also train youth to identify negative influences, avoid them and pursue positive pathways to success. Learn more below:
OYC’s in-school coordinators provide daily case management and advocacy for OYC participants within their schools and the community, tracking scholastic achievement, attendance, and behavior of the students.
OYC hosts a six-week summer program designed to maintain and/or increase students’ knowledge and motivation, with the understanding that children’s scholastic levels can decrease during long vacations.
OYC supports its students by monitoring their progress up to the age of 25. The post-high coordinator provides support to ensure OYC graduates are successful in college, on-the-job and in life overall.
At-risk youth often come from at-risk households. Therefore, OYC offers a parent involvement program with family resource services such as counseling, parenting classes, energy assistance, housing programs and other useful trainings.
United Way EDEN Place is a family resource center created to empower parents by providing motivational support, information and training so that parents may successfully navigate the systems that impact their lives and the lives of their children.
The Jewel Summit is designed to offer young girls of the Overtown and surrounding communities a chance to examine the meaning of respect and how it can effect their every day lives. This summit provides them with an opportunity to form solid values in an encouraging and supportive environment.
The Save Our Sons Initiative was created to develop and enhance the lives of young men various communities. It was established with an immediate emphasis to address low male achievement factors while linking these young men with role models who are able to help them in the process.
Zo’s Hoop Law Madness is a fundraising event designed to provide an opportunity for South Florida Law Firms to unite with corporate sponsors, business leaders and others in the community to make a difference in the lives of our children. Last year, we had 24 South Florida law firms participate!
The Annual Jewel Summit highlights the bond shared between mother and daughter. This inspiring event breathes life into the self-esteem of women from every generation. With empowerment sessions, old fashioned fun and games like Twister, line dancing and classic board games, this summit has something for all women.
The Save Our Sons initiative was created to develop & enhance the lives of young men in various communities. It was established with an emphasis to address low male achievement factors while linking these young men with role models who are able to help them in the process.
The last day of Summer Program goes us out with a bang. Each year, we send our students back to school with a book-bag filled with all the supplies they will need to embark on a successful school year! The distribution is accompanied by free food, a live DJ, a bounce house and much more!
The Mourning Family Foundation provides over 500 families of the Overtown Youth Center and Honey Shine with a full Thanksgiving meal. With the help of FedEx, Alonzo surprises 10 families by personally delivering their meals on Thanksgiving Day.
The Mourning Family Foundation hosts a holiday party at Gulfstream Park each year where students and staff enjoy themselves as they partake in food and fun. At the Holiday Party, OYC provides gifts for every one of its students, made possible through donations.
Each year, OYC students and staff prepare for a full theatrical, broadway-style production during the center’s six-week summer program. In addition to learning scripts and choreography, students help design the set, inclusive of props and the stage backdrop.