For Immediate Release 5/23/17




Contact:  Katie Olavarria

Tel: 561.600.9524



Prime Time Event Themed "The Power of One Caring Adult," Honored Afterschool
Professionals for Their Commitment and Professional Growth  

Prime Time's Sixth Annual Afterschool Symposium was a successful event with several hundred in attendance over the two-day event held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport, May 11-12, 2017. The goal of the annual symposium is to introduce out-of-school time professionals to 'best practices' for implementing high-quality programming and to celebrate their hard work and dedication during the school year. This year's theme, "The Power of One Caring Adult," was selected to encourage and share best practices in social and emotional learning (SEL) skill-building. SEL speaks to the important work taking place in afterschool and summer camp settings and to the role that OST practitioners play in enriching the lives of the children they serve.

Guest speaker Dr. Robert Avossa (right), Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County,  illustrated the power of caring adults in his remarks to the attendees  at the Prime Time Awards Breakfast on Thursday morning, May 11, 2017, where Prime Time honored afterschool programs for achieving high levels of quality and practitioners for their out-of-school time-related educational achievement.


The second day of the symposium kicked off with high energy with an interaction presentation by Playworks, an Oakland, CA-based company that uses the power of play to help develop young people's social and emotional competencies.  The Playworks presentation was followed by engaging and practical workshops designed to help out-of-school time programs infuse more social and emotional skill-building in their daily activities with children and youth.

The Afterschool Symposium culminated with the annual Advancing Afterschool Awards 2017 Luncheon, hosted by master of ceremonies Kevin Rolston (right), radio host of the KVJ Show.  Out-of-school time programs had the opportunity to nominate and recognize their peers for their dedication to high-quality programming and commitment to children and youth they serve by submitting nomination forms weeks prior to the Advancing Afterschool Awards 2017 Luncheon.  


The winners were announced by Teal Chance, Prime Time's Quality Improvement Manager, and Dr. Matthew Shoemaker, Prime Time board member and Director of Extended Day Programming with the School District Of Palm Beach County.

Congratulations to all of the Advancing Afterschool Awards nominees and the following award recipients:

  • Suzette Harvey (left), President/CEO, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Katina Thomas (right), Site Director, Galaxy E3 Afterschool Program, awarded in the category of Caring Adult in Afterschool

  • Suzette Harvey (left), President/CEO, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Sandy Ballantyne (right), Volunteer, Golden Grove Elementary Afterschool Program, awarded in the category of Afterschool Champion

  • Suzette Harvey (left), President/CEO, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Christiam Jimenez (right), Afterschool Activity Leader, Lantana Elementary Afterschool Program, awarded in the category of Exemplary Achievement by an Afterschool Frontline Staff Member 

  • Suzette Harvey (left), President/CEO, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Kendra Williams (right), Stars Program Director, Milagro Center, awarded in the category of Exceptional Achievement by an Afterschool Director

  • Deshon Allen, Teaching Artist, Lake Worth Playhouse and youth, awarded in the category of Extraordinary Achievement by an Expanding Learning Opportunity Instructor or Artist

Deshon Allen and Youth


Primarily funded by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County,
Prime Time Palm Beach County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping
children and youth succeed by strengthening and expanding quality in the out-of-school time field.

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