Martin County OST Quality Improvement Initiative

The Martin County Out-of-school Time Quality Improvement Initiative supports out-of-school time (OST) programs, funded by the Children's Services Council of Martin County with ongoing quality coaching, onsite training, mentoring of youth development strategies and professional development. OST programs support children and youth before school, after school, summer, weekends and during seasonal breaks.

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Upcoming Trainings

Raising the Cultural Vibration in OST
Online - Zoom
Wed., February 16, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Are the youth in your program polite, well-behaved and cooperative? Do you sometimes struggle with behavioral issues and maybe even conflict? Many times, we treat the symptom of the problem; we take action for bad behavior by implementing punishment or negative reinforcement. However, what if there was an alternative way to address these problems?

By creating a culture of high expectations and positive community, we can shape behavior before it becomes an issue. Come and learn techniques to build an environment that supports positive behavior by raising the cultural vibration in OST!

Core Competencies Addressed
Core Knowledge Area - Interaction with Children/Youth:
5.B: Respect and Honor Cultural and Human Diversity – Level 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Training Objectives
Participants will:
Define culture as it relates to the out-of-school time program space.
List three ways to improve the culture of the out-of-school environment.
Apply specific techniques to support positive behavior in your program.

Advanced Youth Engagement
Online - Zoom
Sat., February 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Hands-On, Practical Ways to Facilitate Youth Voice, Planning and Reflection

Do you want some more practice engaging youth on a level where they own their learning experiences and are agents of their own development? In this training, youth engagement comes to life in a practical way. This training offers advanced level hands-on facilitation practice, where you will learn activities that raise the level of engagement for the youth in your program. 

Participants will implement specific strategies that can be used in everyday activities so that youth have more opportunities for planning, reflection and designing/choosing how they spend their time. Participants will also try out and present lessons and receive feedback on challenges and successes. Walk away with tons of planning, reflection, and youth voice strategies you can implement right away! 

Training Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Recall the PBC-PQA youth engagement scale, youth voice, and planning & reflection training
  2. Examine and implement strategies for higher level of practice in OST
  3. Design and present relevant lessons using hands-on, youth engagement strategies


Q: Are programs in Martin County offered incentives and scholarships?

A: Not at this time.

Q: Who is the point-of-contact for this Initiative?

A: Lynn Stanavitch, Prime Time Quality Improvement Initiative Project Manager. Her contact information is located on the right.

Q: Can we attend events and trainings offered by Prime Time in Palm Beach County?

A: Not at this time. Please register for the trainings that are offered on this webpage.

More Information


Lynn Stanavitch

Quality Improvement Initiative Project Manager

Youth Engagement at YMCA of the Treasure Coast Rises with Staff Retention

By Katie Jacob | July 2, 2021

Prime Time Palm Beach County began extending its supports in 2019 to Martin County out-of-school time (OST) programs through coaching, training and mentoring to help in increasing quality for OST practitioners, children and families. Rates of staff turnover in youth-serving organizations are extremely high—as high as 40 percent per year, according to the Next Generation…