Education Initiative

A BOLD PLAN FOR OUR KIDS.

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

When it comes to creating a strong future for our community, nothing is more important than laying a strong foundation for the children who will inherit it one day. But some children don’t grow up with great role models and mentors to emulate and learn from. Some communities don’t offer excellent educational opportunities for their students. And many hard-working families simply lack the support and resources they need to fully prepare their children for the future.

THAT’S WHERE THE Y COMES IN.

As innovators in education and youth development, we have initiated a number of groundbreaking programs that prepare today’s children to become the dreamers, achievers and leaders of tomorrow. Through these programs, all kids and teens, regardless of their background, can learn the strong values and positive behaviors they need to thrive throughout their lives.

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

VALUES

Instill positive values including caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

READING

Improve child literacy by exposing children to books and activities that inspire a passion for reading. This passion will help children thrive in school and life.

WELLNESS

Improve children’s health and wellness through ongoing activity and nutrition guidance. Fostering a healthy lifestyle helps prevent childhood obesity, which can lead to diabetes at an early age.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Reduce family stress and improve family relationships by providing a healthy and nurturing environment for children outside the home.

MISSION

To nurture the potential of every child and teen

GOALS

BY THE YEAR 2020, THE Y WILL:

1. Impact the lives of 100,000 children in the Central Florida region

  • 25% Early Childhood Development
  • 50% Elementary and Middle School Students
  • 25% Teens

2. Become our community’s recognized leader in Childhood Development

Youth Development Roadmap

Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. A successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent and healthy.

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SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

COGNITIVE

PHYSICAL

0-4 (AGE)

1. Forms positive attachment to a caregiver

2. Makes eye contact and responds to social engagement

3. Responds to environmental stimulation

4. Has a caregiver that sings, reads, and talks to them

5. Actively explores surroundings

6. Develops basic recognition of letters, numbers and shapes

7. Receives effective preschool preparation

8. Receives quality pre-natal care

9. Achieves basic development markers, including crawling, walking, and weight gains

10. Has access to lifelong basic dental/health/eye care

11. Has a routine of healthy eating, playing and sleeping


 

K-5 (GRADES)

12. Exhibits a desire to learn

13. Forms positive peer relationships

14. Engages in activities that strengthen social emotional competencies

15. Attends Kindergarten

16. Reads at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade

17. Sets academic expectations of good grades

18. Has access to healthy foods

19. Masters fine and gross motor skills through activity

20. Learns basic safety habits

21. Has a positive non-parent adult mentor


 

6-8 (GRADES)

22. Has positive peer influence

23. Participates in leadership-building activities

24. Has an expectation of attending college

25. Masters Algebra 1

26. Self-directs part of his/her learning

27. Self directs healthy eating

28. Is engaged in positive physical activity

29. Establishes resistance to risk-taking activities


 

9-12 (GRADES)

30. Develops healthy values including caring, honesty and responsibility

31. Feels supported by others

32. Feels empowered

33. Connects with community, school, and/or church

34. Passes most of his/her classes

35. Masters a “favorite” subject

36. Masters math and/or science

37. Establishes a peer group that supports healthy habits

38. Engages in activities that promote mental health (service learning, sleeping, and faith)


 

POST-SECONDARY

39. Begins working on a career plan

40. Develops time and stress-management skills

41. Has a financial plan to support post-secondary studies

42. Makes strong connections with a post-secondary institution

43. Has a career plan

44. Transitions into career of choice

45. Establishes a peer group that supports healthy habits

46. Engages in activities that promote mental health