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Prime Time Palm Beach County
Afterschool Symposium

May 13-14, 2021



Building Systems
and Programs
Where All Youth
Can Thrive


About the Symposium

The past year has thrown a lot our way. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced many industries to reinvent their approach to their work and adapt to virtual spaces that have become the new normal. The out-of-school time field is no exception to this urgent need for flexibility and quick, innovative thinking.

The current social and professional climate accentuates the importance of remaining agile to forge more robust collaboration and build systems and programs for all youth to thrive. Attendees can expect the same high-quality workshops and motivational words spoken by our keynote, just in an entirely online experience designed to present innovative methods for positively impacting children and youth in a physically distanced environment.

This year's theme, Unmasking Your Potential, emphasizes tapping into the reserves of perseverance and creativity stored within us all as we navigate our new normal and the subsequent migration to a virtual landscape.

Professional Development Honorees


Contests and Giveaway Winners

May 13, 2021

Caption Contest Winners:

  • Cheri Rosen
  • Frank Verney
  • Tuquanda Jackson
  • Kanishia Mortin
  • Simone Scott
  • Proverb Newsome

Leaderboard Contest Winner: Travis Coutts

Exhibitor Drawings:

  • Alondra Yanez - T-shirt from Florida Fishing Academy and insulated bag from Girls on the Run
  • Cheri Rosen - Afterschool Kidz Kit from Center for the Collaborative Classroom
  • Christy Laureano - Swag Bag from Prime Time
  • Patricia Rivera - $50 gift card from Office Depot from Youth Speak Out and Virtual Field Trip from Loggerhead Marinelife Center

May 14, 2021

Caption Contest Winners:

  • Lauren Mihalik,
  • Jarryn Ivery
  • Lynnia Highsmith

Leaderboard Contest Winner:  Travis Coutts

Exhibitor Drawings:

  • Josh Daws - three-hour bus service
  • Tanya Richardson - Family Communication Cards (set of three) from Palm Beach County Behavioral Health Coalition and Multiplication CD & DVD from the Math and Reading Party
  • Ella Davis - Swag bag from Prime Time Palm Beach County
  • Adam Mohammed - Gift basket from Early Learning Coalition, 4 tickets to the Palm Beach Zoo and four tickets to South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Advancing Afterschool Awards

Prime Time Palm Beach County Advancing Afterschool Awards 2021 honored exemplary individuals for their work in the field of afterschool. On May 14, 2021, award recipients were recognized for their commitment to quality standards, dedication to the children and contributions to the afterschool field.

Prime Time surprised the award winners by visiting their organizations with custom plaques. Watch the video below to see the award recipients find out they won. 

Advancing Afterschool Award Nominees

Discovering Excellence in Expanded Learning Award 

  • Callie Sharkey, Stories & STEM Program Manager , Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County  
  • Chris Ortiz, Science Educator, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 
  • Lorianne Cabrera, Music Teacher, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches 
  • Will Rhymes, Music Teacher, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches 
  • William Desravines Jr., Program Facilitator, Youth Speak Out International 

Empowering Our OST Community Award 

  • Kerry Barnes, Artist, KB Social Artworking 
  • Michelle Liska, Director, Finance Contracting and Administrative Services, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department 

Striving and Thriving Award 

  • Bryan Buxton, Recreation Supervisor, Martin County Board of County Commissioners – GAAP 
  • Christina Papula, Assistant Director, Golden Grove Elementary Afterschool Program 
  • Claudinette Dorvil, Administrative Assistant, Achievement Centers For Children and Families- Village Academy 
  • Ezequiel Santiago Buenanueva-Vila, Activities Leader, Heritage Elementary Afterschool Program 
  • Frank Verney, Recreation Program Coordinator, City of West Palm Beach - Coleman Park Community Center  
  • Joeniseley Mathurin, Site Director, Achievement Centers for Children and Families at Pine Grove Elementary School 
  • Marie Ocean, Florence Fuller Child Development Center - West 
  • RoShanda Simpson, Program Director, For The Children, Inc. at Barton Elementary 
  • Shakendra Moorer, Director, Bak Middle School of the Arts 
  • Travis Conway, Program Director, West Jupiter Community Group, Inc. 
  • Veronica Martinez, Science Educator, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 

Exceeding through SEL

  • Charles CorneliusCertified CounselorEgret Lake Elementary Afterschool Program  

Unmasking Excellence in Virtual Connections Award 

  • Adam Mohammed, Youth Development Specialist, City of Greenacres - Teen Programs  
  • Darlene Blatch, Teacher , West Jupiter Community Group, Inc. 
  • Natasha Rocha, Science Educator, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 
  • William Desravines Jr., Program Facilitator, Youth Speak Out International 

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award 

  • Anna Poulin, Assistant Director, West Jupiter Community Group, Inc. 
  • Carlens Orelus, Lead Youth Development Specialist, Achievement Centers for Children and Families Village Academy 
  • Elsa Delgado-Colon, After School Counselor, Belvedere Elementary Afterschool Program 
  • Ivan Vixamar, Rec Spec II, City of West Palm Beach - Coleman Park Community Center 
  • James White, Counselor , Palm Beach Maritime Academy 
  • Jarryn Ivery, Program Coordinator, Florence Fuller Child Development Center – West 
  • Jorge Paseta, Recreation Coordinator, Martin County Board of County Commissioners - JASE Program 
  • Joyce Wolliston, Membership Clerk, Boys & Girls Club - Marjorie S. Fisher 
  • Kelly Manning,  Urban Youth Impact - Elementary 
  • Mark Caldwell, Team Leader, Urban Youth Impact - Youth 
  • Nancy Pierre, ReFrame Program Manager, Urban Youth Impact - Youth 
  • Nicalie Fonrose, Certified Counselor, Lantana Elementary Afterschool Program 
  • Page Lewis, Literacy Coach, Urban Youth Impact - Elementary 
  • Porsche Lowe, Group Leader,For The Children, Inc. at Barton Elementary 
  • Sandra DeJesus, Coordinator of Youth Development, YMCA - DeVos Blum Family Boynton Beach 
  • Stacy Ross, Instructor/Bus Driver/Morning Float, Florence Fuller Child Development Center - West 
  • Teketa Davis, Assistant Director, Orthodox Zion Child Development Center 
  • Tykese Butts, Membership Clerk, Boys and Girls Club 


Keynote Speaker

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WWE Superstar "Titus O'Neil"

Thaddeus M. Bullard is an accomplished athlete, philanthropist and entertainer as WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil who has a heart for youth and the community. Bullard went from being a resident of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches as a troubled, underperforming young man to being a mentor, role model and honorary Deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Bullard’s passion and commitment to not only succeed personally but also to help others succeed is derived from an early seed planted at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, where many invested in him when, in his words, “they had nothing to gain in return.” Bullard has meaningfully supported various organizations, locally and globally, by giving of his time, talent and treasure. Although Bullard, a product of a rape, lacked a strong male role model in the home, his commitment to family, most notably his two sons, TJ (16) and Titus (14), are nothing short of remarkable.

Bullard’s first priority is being a father and role model to his children. For the past ten years his “Joy of Giving” holiday event has given more than 15,000 gifts annually to underprivileged children and families in need throughout the Greater Tampa area. Bullard is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated, the president of the Bullard Family Foundation (an organization that provides programs and resources to help build character and improve outcomes in the community) and a member of Revealing Truth Ministries in Tampa, Florida, where he resides.



Executive Editor, The Palm Beach Post

Rick Christieexecutive editor of The Palm Beach Post and, is the first person of color to run Palm Beach County's largest, most influential news organization. He is also cluster editor for the Gannett South Florida region -- overseeing the Palm Beach Daily News, Treasure Coast Newspapers and Florida Today. 
He was previously editorial page editor, supervising the Post's Opinion section since December 2013. As editorial page editor, he was the first person of color to be in the mast of The Palm Beach Post in the newspaper's 104-year history. 

Rick Christie

A Martin County native,  Christie first worked at The Post as a business writer in the 1980s, covering banking and finance. He left to report on banking, real estate, and the economy for The Wall Street Journal and later a senior business writer and assistant city editor for The Miami Herald. 
He returned to The Post as state editor in the mid-1990s and, among other things, directed coverage of the historic Chiles vs. Bush gubernatorial election. He moved to the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau in 1995, working as assistant national editor for three years and foreign editor for three years. As foreign editor,  Christie coordinated coverage in six foreign bureaus from Beijing and Moscow to Jerusalem and Mexico City. 
Christie rejoined The Post's Business Desk in 2002, as assistant managing editor for Business News; became Breaking News Editor in 2009; and public affairs editor in 2012. Since returning, he has directed everything from coverage of the Haiti earthquake to an investigation of felons operating' summer camps to Florida's real estate boom and bust to the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has won various state, national and international awards, both as a reporter and an editor.

A graduate of Stuart-Martin County High School and the University of Florida, Christie and his wife live in Royal Palm Beach.


Keynote Speaker


Have questions regarding Prime Time's Afterschool Symposium 2021?

Contact Dante Drummer, Community Partnerships Manager, Prime Time Palm Beach County
Phone: 561-327-4171 ext. 131