Expanded Learning Opportunities

 

When selecting an expanded learning opportunity (ELO) for the children in your program, it’s a good idea to find out what most appeals to them, as well as what might be most beneficial to them. Choose from a vast array of ELO activities in the areas of academics, health and wellness, integrated arts and creativity, and positive youth development. Click on an area of interest below to view a list of ELO providers, their offerings and contact information.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academics

Green Mouse Academy
9153 Roan Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33436

At Green Mouse Academy, we help students ‘Connect the Dots’ through project-based learning we call Technology Arts. The goal of Green Mouse Academy is to provide children with exposure to hands-on, quality-enriched activities such as academic enhancement, culture, service-learning, life skills, career exploration and recreational opportunities. Students will explore theme-based activities in teams while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy. Sites may choose from a variety of topics based on interest, preference and suitability for their participants. Our programs include units in LEGO Robotics, Stop-Motion Animation, Digital Art and Computer Game Design.  Through project-based learning activities, students put 21st century skills into practice while utilizing engaging technology-related tools and resources. Initial session(s) are designed to introduce the topic, resources, skills and project stream.  Follow-up sessions focus on participants applying what they’ve learned through problem-solving analysis and innovation (often involving team-building skills).

Amy Erickson, Program Director
Email: amy.erickson@greenmouseacademy.com
Phone: (561) 630-6549

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County - Afterschool Reads
3651 Quantum Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
www.literacypbc.org

After School Reads (ASR) brings high quality reading, math and science lessons to children all over the county. Each session runs for 8 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks in the summer.  An exciting addition to the program has been the introduction of technology through the use of iPads.  ASR brings 13 iPads to every site each week, allowing children to follow up on the day’s story through a related app. Older children are given the opportunity to respond to text through the use of Stop Motion Animation, allowing them to bring the story to life. During KidzScience,students will complete a different science experiment every week.  Children are engaged and excited about listening to the weekly book,and site staff have the ability to observe a high quality, literacy rich lesson week after week.

Meredith Fraysure, After School Reads Manager
Email: mfraysure@literacypbc.org
Phone: (561) 279-9103

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
www.sfsciencecenter.org

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (SFSCA) outreach will incorporate a layering method for disseminating science-specific topics, such as Squid Dissection, Crime Scene Sleuths and Chemical Concoctions Labs.  The series includes five outreach sessions by SFSCA staff and a visit to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for a museum exploration.  These ELO activities are designed to provide afterschool sites with inquiry-based science curriculum through hands-on experiences.  The afterschool practitioners must be able to meet with a museum educator prior to the program and work closely with the educator throughout the program.

Carla Duhaney, Director of Education
Email: cduhaney@sfsciencecenter.org
Phone: (561) 832-1988

Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: (561) 533-0887
www.palmbeachzoo.org

The Palm Beach Zoo offers six one-hour STEM based outreach sessions to afterschool sites serving K - 5th grade (ages 5 -10) children to present a positive and enriching educational experience.  The children also receive a field trip to the new zoo animal hospital and participate in a guided zoo tour.  The visits will incorporate aspects of all of the outreach programs taught for their grade level at their site.  The zoo may also allow for self-guided exploration of the zoo, under the supervision of the afterschool practitioner. This portion of the ELO will include an activity that can be administered by the afterschool practitioner and completed during the zoo visit. 

Amanda Clough, Education Coordinator
Email: education@palmbeachzoo.org
Phone: (561) 533-0887 ext. 229


Positive Youth Development

ASPIRA
5913 South Dixie Highway, Suite D
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
www.aspira.org

Provides year-round targeted after school support services to at-risk Hispanic and other elementary school youth.   ASPIRA promotes emotional development.  ASPIRA serves youth via weekly meetings and home visits and offers additional support services over the summer through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Cathy Anaya, Program Manager
Email: canaya@fl.aspira.org
Phone: (561) 533-9790

Florida Fishing Academy, Inc.
7067 Peninsula Court
Lake Worth, Florida 33467
www.floridafishingacademy.com

Florida Fishing Academy will provide basic fishing skills, water safety, environmental awareness and problem-solving and other life skills that use fishing as a means of self-improvement. The sessions incorporate the Botvin Lifeskills evidence-based strategies into the fishing courses, creating the signature “Angling for a Healthy Future” curriculum.

Richard Brochu, Executive Director
Email:rich@floridafishingacademy.com
Phone: (561) 740-7227

Junior Achievement of Palm Beach County - Train the Trainer
6903 Vista Parkway North, Suite 10
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
www.juniorachievement.com

Provides afterschool practitioners with skills to facilitate financial literacy curriculum such as “More than Money” and “It’s My Business.” 

Claudia Barto, Director of Programs
Email: cbarto@juniorachievement.com
Phone: (561) 242-9468

Junior Achievement of Palm Beach County - Biz Camp
6903 Vista Parkway North, Suite 10
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
www.juniorachievement.com

JA Biz Camp is a week-long, hands-on learning series that teaches the principles of entrepreneurship, workforce readiness and personal financial literacy. Prime Time supports two weeks of the Biz Camp. Junior Achievement also trains afterschool practitioners to deliver its financial literacy curriculasuch as “More than Money” and “It’s My Business.” Topics covered include budgeting, saving, earning and spending to help youth understand a practical need for math.  

Claudia Barto, Director of Programs
Email: cbarto@juniorachievement.com
Phone: (561) 242-9468

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County - Turning Bullies into Buddies
3651 Quantum Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
www.literacypbc.org

Turning Bullies into Buddies is a literature based character education program with a focus on anti-bullying. Trained staff visit afterschool and camp programs to lead 6 or more lessons that motivate youth to read about and address essential social and emotional topics,  as well as how to apply positive coping strategies and social skills. Books are followed with discussions and engaging hands-on activities with music, art, sport and technology that foster friendships, empathy, responsibility, tolerance, acceptance, respect, compassion, kindness and caring.  Plus, the program provides dynamic lessons to launch the anti-bullying celebration called Pink Shirt Day.                                                      

New materials are available each year!

Nancy Birardi
Email: nbirardi@literacypbc.org
Phone: (561) 767-3355

Resource Depot
2510 Florida Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
www.resourcedepot.net

Resource Depot’s REimagine Environmental Stewardship series creates awareness, responsiveness and activism among today’s youth regarding how the cycle of waste, which they as human beings actively participate in, can be affected by their conscious, positive actions towards the environment. The children will discover several strategies, most specifically, reuse, that can help reduce the amount of materials coming and going in the waste stream cycle. They will be able to communicate and demonstrate how with a little thought, effort, and compassion, small actions can make positive change in their homes, schools, and larger community.

Chelsea Odum, Education & Program Coordinator
Email: education@resourcedepot.net
Phone: (561) 882-0090 x 102

The Arc of Palm Beach County
1201 Australian Ave.
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
www.arcpbc.org
Phone: (561) 842-3213

Offers specialized instruction and support to facilitate the inclusion of children with special needs into afterschool programs for elementary age children in Palm Beach County.  The Arc will train afterschool practitioners on inclusion strategies and offer child-specific special needs training.  Additional afterschool practitioners will be served through outreach via drop-in visits to promote awareness.

Julie Lodell, Director of Recreation
Email: jlodell@arcpbc.org
Phone: (561) 804-4910

 


Health and Wellness

YMCA of South Palm Beach County
Devos YMCA of Boynton Beach-Blum Family

9600 South Military Trail
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Phone: (561) 395-9622
www.ymcaspbc.org

Provides six-week sessions a varierty of wellness and physical activities to children. The activities offered range from six to ten week sessions in duration and are implemented year round. 

Sara Jones, Director of Community Wellness
Email: sjones@ymcaspbc.org
Phone: (561) 536-1432

Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth, Inc. (FLIPANY)
819 NE 26th St. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
www.flipany.org/

Delivers a six-week evidence-based Cooking Matters for Kids and Teens ELO activity.  The ELO provides knowledge and awareness toward preventing obesity to children through experiences related to nutrition, cooking, healthy eating habits and physical activity.

Lynne Kunins, Executive Director
Email: Lkunins@flipany.org
Phone: (954) 636-2388


Integrated Arts & Creativity 

Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
www.cceflorida.org

Utilizes professional, practicing artists that are specially trained in contemporary educational strategies to conduct non-traditional afterschool arts activities. CADRE incorporates an educational aspect, rather than limiting time spent with children to arts and crafts.

Jerry Crank, Program Director
Email: jerryC@cceflorida.org
Phone: (561) 805-9927

Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL  33460
www.lakeworthplayhouse.org

Provides performing arts enrichment, including performance opportunities.

Shonna Rash, Education Director
Email: shonna@lakeworthplayhouse.org
Phone:  (561) 586-6169

Youth Speak Out International
95 Uno Lago Drive
Juno Beach, FL 33408
www.youthspeakoutint.org

Provides media literacy, creative writing, video and audio production and critical thinking year round to afterschool programs and children.  

William King, Executive Director
Email: wk@youthspeakoutint.org
Phone: (561) 632-6303

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches 
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
www.yspb.org

Explores musicianship, world cultures, emotions, languages and teamwork with the children in the afterschool programs. The sessions will include activities to develop a natural singing body alignment, freedom of breath and ease of personal vocal freedom through the use
of music from various periods, genres and styles.

Shawn Berry, Artistic Director
Email: shawnberry@yspb.org
Phone: (561) 659-2332