THE EDUCATION FUND
In 2020, MBF awarded $20,000 for a fourth consecutive year to The Education Fund, an organization with a mission of maximizing every child’s potential and ensuring each one graduates with every opportunity for success. The gifts were allocated to the SmartPath program, benefiting the students of Booker T. Washington Senior High School, Miami Jackson Senior High School, Miami Northwestern Senior High School and Miami Senior High School in the City of Miami.
Through this program, students participated in college clubs, with college field trips and college fairs; as well as FAFSA completion and asset mapping workshops. With MBF’s support, students in these schools researched and then toured colleges and universities throughout Florida. This program helps bridge the gap between high school and college, enabling firstgeneration college students to successfully attend a postsecondary program. The Education Fund was able to successfully complete all college tours prior to the start of COVID-19.
In addition, 24 City of Miami SmartPath students participated in the paid Summer Internship Program. Many of the City of Miami SmartPath internship providers offered work-from-home jobs which was highly beneficial due to COVID-19. This program allows students to receive training, learn about careers, and develop workplace professionalism.
“David, a graduating senior at Miami Senior High School, credits the support he gained from SmartPath for giving him a future filled with potential. He arrived with his mother in Miami less than four years ago, speaking only Spanish. He joined College Club and participated in all SmartPath activities, including an Education Fund sourced and funded five-week internship with Keeping Your Books (an MBF client recommended for this program). Beginning this August, David will be attending Harvard University, without any out-of-pocket expenses. We could not have helped David and many of his classmates without Miami Bayside Foundation’s support.”
Director of Development
The Education Fund
LITTLE HAITI OPTIMIST CLUB
In 2014, MBF partnered with the Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC), an organization that strives to impact the youth of the surrounding Little Haiti community in a positive way, to provide afterschool programs to the youths in the area. MBF’s support provided opportunities for 30 additional children to take advantage of LHOC academic and life excellence programs throughout the 2014-2015 school year. In 2015 and 2017, MBF provided further support for LHOC’s summer program.
In 2020, MBF awarded $7,500 to support LHOC’s Virtual Summer Camp. LHOC camp builds math, vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills. By working together, MBF and LHOC were able to serve 35 students, grades K-8 the summer of 2020.
LHOC was successful in launching a new online learning platform. The full-service platform is designed so that students can follow along with camp activities, connect with other students, download classroom resources, and continue their education during the current pandemic.
“Thanks to the Miami Bayside Foundation we were able to stop the summer learning loss for our Little Haiti summer school students mostly through tutoring in math and reading.”
ST. ALBAN’S CHILD ENRICHMENT CENTER
In 2020, MBF awarded a gift of $35,000 for a fourth consecutive year to St. Albans’ Summer Literacy Program. This summer program provides quality education to 90 students from low-income families residing primarily in Coconut Grove, ensuring that they do not experience summer loss and are prepared to begin their fall schooling.
Due to the pandemic, new restrictions were put in place by the FloridaDepartment of Children which lessened the number of children they could serve. Their staff, parents, and children followed all protocols and there were no reported COVID-19 cases during the summer.
Established in 1949, St. Alban’s provides services to over 200 children annually and was the first Head Start Agency in Miami-Dade County. In March of 2016, Miami Bayside Foundation awarded a gift of $16,890 to St. Alban’s for their Technology in Education Program which enabled them to purchase seven iStartSmart computers. These stateof- the-art technology centers promote school readiness and align with National Standards, focusing on 18 skill development areas with five scaffolding levels. The new technology contributed to raising students’ school readiness scores from below average to nearly 100 points above average during the 2016 school year.
“Each year St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center provides early childhood education to more than 200 children and social services to the children’s families. The partnership with the Miami Bayside Foundation is one where both parties understand the importance of early childhood education. This collaborative relationship is a success, and we hope that what we exemplify demonstrates to others how working together helps those in the community.”
Dr. Chemika Burkhalter
In 2020, MBF provided YWCA with a gift of $15,000 for a second consecutive year to fund their six-week Summer Learning Early Childhood Education Program. The program provided 20 children, between the ages of four and five years in the Overtown community, with affordable, high-quality early childhood education. This summer program allowed YWCA to bridge the critical learning loss experienced during the summer months for low-income youth. The summer program came at a critical time due to COVID-19 school closures. All CDC guidelines were followed, and the YWCA was able to safely offer this program.
“The summer learning program was a great experience for the children. They explored activities and topics that are not regularly part of the school year curriculum. I cannot wait to be part of the summer program again.”