Through Career Advising and Scholarships, Afterschool Professional Makes Advances in Her Career and Education

 In the spring of 2021, Delmi Mauricio, an eight-year afterschool professional currently working at My First Steps Preschool, successfully completed the coursework for a Director Credential to allow her to move into a leadership role when working at any afterschool program. 

“The benefits in obtaining my education is a better position at work, but most importantly I have better knowledge to help youth.” – Delmi Mauricio, Afterschool Practitioner 

“I first started working with Delmi in 2019 when she expressed an interest in the non-credit pathway courses. It has been a pleasure working alongside Delmi as she put in the time and effort to achieve her educational goals. She now has plans to continue with the credit pathway and I am excited for what she will accomplish in the future!” – Elisa Moro, Career Advisor/Registry Coach, Prime Time Palm Beach County 

Prime Time scholarships gave Delmi the opportunity to successfully complete her Staff Credential by taking courses at Palm Beach State College, the Foundations of Advancing Youth Development Principles (AYD) and the School Age Professional Certificate. She didn’t stop there;, with the School Age Professional Certificate under her belt, she continued her climb to success by completing coursework for the Director Credential in the spring of 2021. 

“Taking classes has helped me so much in my current job because I have learned to create lesson plans, organize my classroom to be age appropriate, find activities for the youth, and also create communication with the youth in my class.” – Delmi Mauricio, Afterschool Practitioner 

Delmi Mauricio in attendance at Prime Time’s Afterschool Symposium in May of 2021.

Prime Time offers one-on-one support with an on-staff career advisor who virtually walks out-of-school time (OST) professionals through admissions applications, choosing classes, registering with the new workday system, filling out the scholarship application, sending transcripts and more. OST professionals can click here to setup a virtual meeting with Prime Time’s career advisor.