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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay facilitates positive mentorship relationships for at-risk children that contribute to brighter futures and stronger communities, serving as role models for children that increase self-esteem and responsible decision-making. Both their community-based, site-based mentoring programs and special Big/Little events allow low-income children facing adversity to have exposure to healthy, supportive and guiding relationships with adult mentors that work to illuminate at-risk children to their own potential, academically, economically, socially and emotionally. According to a Public/Private Ventures program impact study, Big Brothers Big Sisters programs were found to “focus less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting youths’ most basic developmental needs.” The independent research organization found clear evidence that caring, supportive relationships yielded tangible benefits to both participants and the larger community by setting expectations and guiding youth to the pathways in creating a fulfilling life. Big Brothers Big Sisters participants demonstrated a lowered incidence of risky behavior, a greater commitment to education and improvement in the quality of their interpersonal relationships for children, ages 5-17.

The Hobbs Foundation continues to support special events and activities that work to increase match relationships to currently unmatched youth seeking a Big Brother or Sister. These activities are an extension to their evidence-based one-on-one mentoring curriculum that deliver age appropriate cultural and educational enrichment activities that are both fun, new experience for children and encourage bonding between youth and mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ activities are designed to assist children who have experienced a lack of resources, parent engagement and access to meaningful, life-enriching experiences to benefit from positive mentoring relationships that demonstrate an increase in social and emotional growth, academic performance and overall healthy lifestyle and well-being. With a variety of match retention events throughout 2017, children from a variety of at-risk situations will be invited to experience opportunities that would otherwise be unaffordable, often because they are cost prohibitive for low-income, and in many cases, single-mother families. The Big For A Day event at MacDill Air Force Base, for unmatched children, provides a day-long experience for children on their waiting list to be matched with recruited members of Air Force base personnel. 

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida provides a safe, after-school environment for low-income students with specialized educational and character development activities that enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Clubs strive to empower youth to support and influence their club and community by sustaining positive, meaningful relationships with others, develop a healthy self-image, develop educational disciplines and the skills to achieve life-long success. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida has provided life-enhancing and life-changing services to disadvantaged youth, continually adapting to the complex needs of low-income, high-crime pockets in the Orlando metro and surrounding area. Their clubs provide outcomes-driven, world-class learning and character building opportunities that ensures all members are on track to graduate high school with a plan for their future, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle, delivering high quality youth development programs that deepen our understanding of how at-risk youth fare in critical areas such as safety, school engagement and readiness for post-secondary education. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida has continued high performance in recruitment and retention of at-risk teens, 8thin youth overall, in part through the Hobbs Foundation-funded Friday Night LIVE program, by offering positive, fun activities exceptionally designed to help young people acquire the values, skills, and knowledge necessary to reach their full potential.

Last year, the Hobbs Foundation support Friday Night Live at three of the Orlando area Boys and Girls Clubs. This year, funding supports program expansion at two clubs, Levy Hughes and Walt Disney World clubs. The program expands our Club hours two Fridays per month with a variety of special activities including robotics, digital music production, and sports and fitness, along with field trips that would allow teens to participate in positive activities such as bowling, roller skating, and going to the movies. For the Levy-Hughes Branch, Boys and Girls Club leadership has planned a variety of on-site events and activities, including six on- site events, and four field trips. All activities have been planned to draw the interest of teens and keep them in the safe haven of the Club and with our Club staff mentors. This new Club has a state-of-the-art Teen Center specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our teen members with education, college and career development programming and services, teen technology lab, learning center, games room, and lounge. Club Director Tasha Banks and her staff at the Levy-Hughes Club are excited about the opportunity to support and coordinate fun, engaging activities for their teens. We expect to be able to attract 30-40 regularly participating teens to participate in the exciting opportunities that the Hobbs Foundation funding will provide for in this at-risk neighborhood of downtown Orlando. Funding for the Walt Disney World Club branch, funding allows for the continuation of afterschool educational programs and field trips. Under Education & Career Development core program area, the goal of teen and pre-teen engagement is to enable the youth served to become proficient in basic educational disciplines (reading, writing, & math), set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment, and embrace technology to achieve success.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade provides a safe, after-school environment for low-income students with specialized educational and character development activities that enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Clubs strive to empower youth to support and influence their club and community by sustaining positive, meaningful relationships with others, develop a healthy self-image, develop educational disciplines and the skills to achieve life-long success. Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Project Learn provides high-quality After-School services for children, 5-16 years old. Project Learn program offers core programming such as: homework assistance, arts & crafts, literacy and social skills. Additional programs include: music instruction, tennis, karate, dance, and intramural sports. Impact study results on the Miami-Dade clubs’ after-school programs demonstrate that: significant improvements in standardized test scores among all grade levels through to high school seniors; improved academic performance; increased motivation and interest in college; zero teen pregnancy; and boys at risk for juvenile justice entry have been deterred from entry. Project Learn incorporates various structured and unstructured activities balancing academic support, fitness, music, art, and creative expression. The program serves children/youth and is available in four communities throughout Miami-Dade: Northwest, Southwest Coconut Grove, South Beach, and Kendall. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade continues their after-school activities program that includes dance, performing arts and music instruction at the Hank Kline, Kendall, and Northwest Club. Students will receive hands-on music lessons through partnerships with the New World School of the Arts Music Department and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. In 2017-2018, 150 youth participated in course activities at the Miami clubs include classical music, water color and animated group storytelling that served as the inspiration for new musical compositions, encouraging analytical and artistic thinking, spatial learning, and language development. The Project Learn after-school programming allows children of low-income families to explore their interests, develop intellectual and creative aptitudes and learn the importance of self-discipline and personal achievement. Participation in the dance and performing arts program at the Hank Kline Club has demonstrated positive outcomes for the at-risk girls in improving confidence, self-image, teamwork and skill building.With experienced caring staff, students will be engaged in fun learning experiences that improve creative thought and self-expression while building confidence and self-esteem. Dance also offers opportunities for youth to maintain physical fitness as well as emotional well-being. Partnerships with local symphonies and music schools will continue to explore new opportunities for youth in the performing arts. 

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County provides a safe, after-school environment for low-income students with specialized educational and character development activities that enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Clubs strive to empower youth to support and influence their club and community by sustaining positive, meaningful relationships with others, develop a healthy self-image, develop educational disciplines and the skills to achieve life-long success. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County offers a safe place where children can learn, grow, build lasting friendships, and develop a solid foundation for their future. All Club programs are based on our youth development strategy, so they provide youth with a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence, and competence. The Club’s successful STEM education program will be bolstered with additional grant funding, emphasizing basic academics on a technology platform using a series of project-based lessons. STEM programs include modules and initiatives that include rocketry, robotics, energy, engineering simulation, space, game design, music production and web design.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County continues to expand its after-school STEM education program serving low-income, at-risk children that augments the Club Tech digital literacy program and lab that enables children with limited educational opportunities to participate in interactive learning experiences that illustrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts with increased awareness and engagement.  The STEM program increases each child’s understanding of practical scientific theories, boosting cognitive development, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  The program exposes economically-disadvantaged students to education and career development opportunities, character and leadership development, and computer and digital design skills that build academic competencies, literacy and creativity. Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County programs are designed to fill the need for high impact academic support. Access to reliable computers and sufficient internet at the clubs is essential to this aim. The Hobbs Foundation in 2018-2019 ensures that Delray Beach club members, NaomaDonnelley HagginClub are fully supported in their academic pursuits, while acquiring new skills and interests with a club technology lab, equipment and materials.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay provides a safe, after-school environment for low-income students with specialized educational and character development activities that enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Clubs strive to empower youth to support and influence their club and community by sustaining positive, meaningful relationships with others, develop a healthy self-image, develop educational disciplines and the skills to achieve life-long success. The Boys and Girl Clubs of Tampa Bay offers guidance and support to youth that need it the most through structured programming, engaging activities, and interest-based experiences with sites located throughout Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay has a newly adopted four club program model designed in response to community inequities impacting youth development: Beacon Centers, Traditional Clubs, Teen Centers, and School Sites, facilitating a network of partnerships in neighborhoods with limited resources, high crime and violence, poverty and unemployment. Models are customized to serve youth with a greater capacity through programs focused on character and leadership development, academic success, and healthier lifestyles and career and college readiness. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay’s 21stLearning Program Middle School Initiative targets students in grades 6-8 attending three Title l Hillsborough County Middle Schools: Van Buren Middle School, Webb Middle School and Shields Middle School. Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay provides high quality services that support student learning and development including: tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment, homework assistance, music, art, service learning, character education, physical education, recreational activities, dropout prevention and college and career readiness. Theincorporation of interest-based learning in afterschool programs is an essential component of youth development, engagement, regular attendance and positive youth-adult relationships. In addition, youth acquire essential 21st century skills transferable to school day activities and potentially college or career. Exposure to programs that implicitly support the sciences, math and reading, through disguised- learning techniques, fueled by interest, promotes academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. The Hobbs Foundation continues to support the development of the academic enrichment component of the 21st Century program through project based learning, promoting academic success and continual progression to the next grade level.

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Grace Place for Children and Families provides quality, faith-based after-school educational and youth development opportunities including literacy, language and life skill development programming to at-risk children of low-income families with a focus on the Golden Gate City and surrounding area that represents the most financially needy and underserved children in Southwest Florida.  Their School-Age Children’s Program offers tutoring, homework assistance, structured cognitive and social enrichment activities, and career exploration field trips. Grace Place encourages families to become actively involved in the healthy growth and development, and academic pursuits of their children emphasizing the importance of raising the standard of academic achievement for their child. Grace Place Chairman, Robert Furekand CEO, Dr. Tim Ferguson announced their commitment to developing their mission in Southwest Florida, creating pathways out of poverty by educating children and families. By working to provide educational opportunities to the entire family unit Grace Place hopes to be the catalyst for a community-wide movement to remove the barriers to economic mobility and personal success. Last year, Grace Place embarked on its initiative as a 21stCentury Community Learning Center in the region with grant-funding to support afterschool programs that ensure quality standards for program design and service delivery of their literacy education curriculum. In 2016, Grace Place opened their Van DomelenEducation Center housing 4 new classrooms and office space for its growing student population and team of educators. The organization has since had the capacity to provide a foundation for family literacy for parents and children with coursework that serves as the building blocks for a journey to self-sufficiency and lasting success. 

The AP Leadership Program is a three-tiered program that encompasses all high school grade levels, requiring students to participate in an after-school program focusing on college and career preparation activities, college visits, ACT preparation assistance and financial literacy workshops. In the final stages of the program, students will be offered part-time employment as teaching assistants in the Academy of Leaders after-school program along with additional mentorship opportunities. Students learn and practice essential skills such as effective communication, problem solving, conflict management, managing tasks and leadership skills.  Leadership and mentorship opportunities incorporate weekly participation in the Teen Outreach Program that includes professional training, team-building and role-playing activities that reduce the risk of problem-behavior, promote healthy choices and empower teens to actively engage in their educational experience, strive for active career development and build stronger communities. Funding continues its support of this continually expanding program by supplementing  fees for college preparation workshops and high school counselor coordination, supplies and materials for meetings and retreats, college visits and mentorship events for children. 

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Jack & Jill Children’s Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for children of low-income, hard-working families through the provision of quality early childhood education, family intervention and support services.  With a unique, holistic approach that combines high-quality early education with caring and structured family support, Jack & Jill Children’s Center works to provide a strong educational and emotional foundation for at-risk children that allows them to explore and experience their world with creativity and discovery.  The early childhood education curriculum supports cognitive, social, emotional and physical development, their goal is to provide opportunities for children of working families with hands-on instruction and activities that promote language and literacy skills, and core competencies in social studies, science, mathematics and the arts. Jack & Jill’s early childhood program focuses on children ages 6 weeks –7 years, during a critical time in a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, providing a strong educational foundation as well as health and well-being that results in lifelong success for 260 children annually. Providing safe and stimulating learning environment enables low-income children to explore and experience their world through creativity, guiding them towards independence. 

The Promising Futures Scholarship Fund provides high-quality early childhood education for children of low-income, underserved families as well as family support services. The fund provides 50 low-income children, ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age, with financial assistance so that they may receive affordable, nationally accredited early childhood education. Families who participate in this program are required to maintain employment and work towards self-sufficiency. Through this program, families increase financial stability, maintain employment, achieve job advancement, decrease the risk for incidences of abuse and neglect, and foster their child’s healthy growth and development. As a result, parents gain confidence, children perform and behave better at home and in the classroom, and families function at higher levels of stability. Jack & Jill aims to break the cycle of poverty by improving the educational opportunities provided to low- income families through the integration of early childhood education, parent education, work empowerment classes and family intervention and support. Teachers engage children in activities including art, math, literacy, science, music, puzzles, manipulatives, and physical education using a culturally rich, nationally known Creative Curriculum©. This award- winning, research-based curriculum is widely regarded as a forward-thinking, comprehensive, rigorously researched curriculum approach that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child. Activities are designed to meet specific goals for social, physical, cognitive and language development. As a result, children become more social, forming friendships and playing in groups, and learning to get along and share with others.