City of West Palm Beach, Coleman Park Community Center Afterschool Program Director Frank Verney knows the importance of exposing youth in his program to different subjects, topics, themes and activities. This month (March 2021) his primary focus has been teaching his children and youth how to make healthy choices as his program participated in the Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge. The Annual Challenge was introduced to…

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In partnership with the Scientist in Every Florida School Meet a Scientist series, Prime Time has been able offer children and youth in out-of-school time programs access to real-life scientists via livestream webinars. REAL scientists talk with youth during each 30-minute session to share interesting and fun facts on the special science topics, as they meet, chat and can ask questions with the guest scientist of the day.  On…

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On February 24, 2021, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, a Prime Time expanded learning opportunity provider, joined Berkshire Elementary Afterschool Program for its annual Black History Month Celebration. Before this performance, participating youth attend sessions that include developing a natural singing body alignment, freedom of breath, development of intonation, ease of personal vocal freedom…

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Center for Creative Education (CCE), a Prime Time expanded learning opportunity provider, has reconvened its in-person sessions with Palm Beach County afterschool programs. The Center for Creative Education (CCE)’s out-of-school time program, CADRE, provides arts integration programming focused on developing social and emotional skills, building important habits of mind and foundational skills for success, and…

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Egret Lake Afterschool Program, a participant of the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System, received free choir sessions from Prime Time expanded learning opportunity Young Singers of the Palm Beaches to provide children and youth an opportunity to explore various aspects of musicianship, world cultures, emotions, linguistics and teamwork. Each session includes activities that develop…

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Children and youth at Hope Centennial Afterschool Program began their expanded learning opportunity session with Resource Depot learning about the impact of litter, followed by a creative reuse of egg cartons where the children made their own “litter bugs.”  The fun didn’t stop there, Connie, the Resource Depot’s  teaching  artist , conducted the virtual session from a northern climate where it snowed.  “I…

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In selecting the NAA’s Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021, the National AfterSchool Association sought to highlight emerging leaders who are making contributions that influence programs and organizations, and have the potential for long-term and broad impact on the afterschool field. The individuals are active in the broader afterschool community, demonstrate the NAA Core Competencies,…

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Children attending New Hope Charities afterschool program learned the importance of modern space exploration through joint programs between NASA and Space X after reading Douglas Florian’s “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars.” To engage in a fun, hands-on activity related to the book, youth had the opportunity to make homemade rocket and personal air supplies.…

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Written by: Anton Spalding, Middle School Professional Development Specialist, Prime Time Palm Beach County In early May 2020, Prime Time Palm Beach County held its first ever virtual meetings with teens from four local teen advisory councils (groups of youth who take on genuine leadership roles to help an organization, school or community group achieve its…

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