Site Visits

To Local Afterschool Programs

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Each participant will tour one site.

What does afterschool education look like in the Orlando area? Hop on a BSH bus and visit a local site. It’s a terrific way to kick off your conference experience. You’ll see effective programming, hear about program challenges and successes, and get ideas for your own work. Plus you’ll be inspired by dedicated staff and students you’ll meet!

The BSH planning team has collaborated with the Orlando’s education and community leaders to identify sites for visitation. As always, our goal was to make a variety of programming available, while considering travel time within the host city.

Pre-registration is required for site visits.

Program Name: Lake Nona YMCA
Grades Served: K-5
Departure Time: 2:15pm
Seats: 20

The Lake Nona YMCA is a co-located YMCA Family Center and Public K-5 Elementary School (Northlake Park Community School). This unique partnership allows for a full service YMCA fitness center (wellness floor, group exercise, pool, locker rooms, etc) to coexist with a public school. There are currently 2,000 YMCA members who utilize this YMCA and over 800 students who attend school in the same building. The Principal will be leading a tour of the afterschool program, which consists of 180 students daily. During the program, you will see the students engaged in STEM, FITNESS and ART activities. We will also talk about the unique partnership and how we make it work on a daily basis.

Program Name: After School Zone: Hunter’s Creek Middle School
Grades Served: 6-8
Departure Time: 2:15pm
Seats: 30

The After School Zone is a unique school-based after school program created in 1999 for middle school youth. It provides prevention and early intervention programming through recreational and educational enhancements during the crucial window of time after school between 3 and 6 p.m. when youth are most prone to at-risk behavior. The After School Zone is a free innovative program that strives to provide students with positive alternatives that keep them off the street and out of trouble, while enhancing their academic abilities.

Program Name: South Orlando YMCA: Links 2 Learning
Grades Served: 6-12
Departure Time: 2:00pm
Seats: 20

The Links 2 Learning program is located at the South Orlando YMCA and is 100 yards from Oak Ridge High School. The South Orlando community is a diverse, fragile and underserved community, and the Links 2 Learning program is designed for middle and high school students to have a safe, nourishing and educational program to go to after school hours.