Our Youth Programs enrich the lives of children and youth. During the school year, our program participants receive academic assistance, literacy development, social skills training, and physical fitness in an environment where she or he can safely explore, discover, create and grow. Our youth programs operate full time during the Summer Break and school recess days.
We regularly reach out to potential program participants and families in our community to inform them of the services available through our Youth Program. Our Youth Program Staff work hard to deliver high-quality instruction while upholding the mission and values of the Town of Cutler Bay and tracking students’ academic progress and social/emotional development.
We directly operate three youth programs during the year. These programs serve approximately 240 youth in grades K-8. They are funded in part by The Children’s Trust and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Our programs include:
- After-School Program: The Town has successfully operated the After-School program since 2009. The program offers recreational and evidenced based activities to assist youth aged 6-12 in improving academically, developing appropriate social skills and adopting an active lifestyle. The program includes a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) component in partnership with Miami Dade College and local non-profit organization enFAMILIA.
- Summer Camp: This is an eight week Summer Camp for youth ages 6-12. Campers enjoy swimming lessons, arts & crafts, fitness activities, indoor and outdoor activities, weekly field trips, and much more.
- Careers in STEM Summer Camp: This is a six week Summer Camp for youth in grades 6-8. In collaboration with our primary partner, Miami-Dade College, youth are introduced to Robotics Engineering using LEGOs. Using a combination of hands-on instruction and online skills assessments, youth that successfully complete the STEM Summer Camp will receive a "Introduction to Robotics" certification from Carnegie Mellon University. Additional activities include: fitness/nutrition, life skills, educational field trips, and a Robotics Festival (Community Service Project).