About

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:

Program Elements

In-School Program

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. 

After School Program

OYC’s after-school programming is offered both on-site at the center and within the agency’s partner schools, Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays. 

Summer Program

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. 

Post High School Program

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.

Parent Program

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

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.

Program Initiatives

Jewel Summit Initiative Jewel Summit Initiative
Jewel Summit Initiative

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.

Save Our Sons Initiative Save Our Sons Initiative
Save Our Sons Initiative

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.

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Super Saturday Series

Super Saturday is where students come to learn and engage in various activities such as tutoring, STEM, arts, sports and much more!

IE2 Experience IE2 Experience
IE2 Experience

IE2 Experience is a series of workshops designed to provide 16 – 25 year old young adults with technical assistance to help them transition into society.

Annual Events

Zo's Hoop-Law Madness Zo's Hoop-Law Madness
Zo's Hoop-Law Madness

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!

Jewel Summit Jewel Summit
Jewel Summit

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.

S.O.S. Youth Summit S.O.S. Youth Summit
S.O.S. Youth Summit

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.

Back to School Drive Back to School Drive
Back to School Drive

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!

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33 Thanksgivings

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.

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Holiday Party

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.

Annual Showcase Annual Showcase
Annual Showcase

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.

OYC In the News

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Programs and Initiatives