See below for important happenings affecting youth within
Broward County and across the nation.
Date Posted: 11/17/2014
Subject: Scholarship Opportunity (Bramwell Group Legacy Foundation)
PS Youth is pleased to announce this scholarship opportunity:
The Circle of Friends Foundation has made available the $500 Bramwell Group Legacy Foundation Scholarship Award to an eligible high school student who plans to attend college during the 2015/2016 school year but may face financial hardships.
Please see eligibility requirements and a link to the full announcement with Scholarship Application Form and Essay Form below:
Due date for application submittal is December 6, 2014. Share with a youth who may benefit. $500 could go a long way!!
Please contact PS Youth, the scholarship administrator, with any questions regarding this scholarship! Contact Us!
Date Posted: June 2nd, 2014
Subject: Summer Youth Activities - Middle and High School Youth
Contact PS Youth to RSVP!
Date Posted 10/9/2013
Subject: Rise in Charter School Support
View the followin State Impact article about Governor Rick Scott's support of charter schools versus district run public schools.
(Article does not express opinion of PS Youth)
Date Posted: 6/5/2013
Subject: NO MORE FCAT?
Florida Department of Education has decided --> No More FCAT??
"Florida teachers and school administrators will get help this summer understanding how to implement Common Core State Standards.
The new standards are designed to make sure high school graduates are adequately prepared for college or the workforce.
The standards are based on international benchmarks at each grade level. Common Core assessments will be given at least twice a year, and students must be able to explain their answers.
But teachers are still trying to figure out how to teach the standards."
The Common Core is not a new concept and schools have been gradually incorporating these standards into their teaching. However, now teachers/administrators have a summer to fully integrate the Common Core curriculum for 1st grade through 2nd graders. 3rd - 8th graders have until the 2014-2015 school year. The Common Core is really designed to take the guessing out of testings while ensuring that teachers are no longer teaching for a test. Students will be encouraged to think more critically and no more will they be able to "wing it". For younger students especially, this will be good. Being tested twice per year will provide a great gauge for teachers/administrators/parents and organizations such as PS Youth (that work to provide assistance to students in areas of weakness).
The Common Core is nothing new to PS Youth as we have already incorporated these standards into our curriculum. We welcome the change and look forward to the fear being taken out of testing.(Sometimes, the way the students act towards the FCAT makes one want to rename the "FCAT" as the Fear Comprehensive Assessment Test). This change should also help to cultivate students' confidence levels as wel
Date Posted: 6/5/2013
Subject: Summer Update/Safety
So, here we are -- the last week of school for Broward County.
We had a great year at PS Youth in our tutoring and after-school programs and are eagerly awaiting parents' reports of final report cards (to be issued on June 26th)... However, most of us proactive parents already know how those grades stand. We are also eager to find out those FCAT scores. So far, 3rd grade Reading and Math scores are available. 4th and 8th grade Writing scores are also available (via Virtual Counselor).
PS Youth always strives to provide excellent services to the students we serve, and we are quite confident that we will maintain our rating of "EXCELLENT" from Florida Department of Education.
Thursday is the last day of school for Broward, which is also an Early Release Day. PS Youth will be open from 12pm - 6:30pm in order to accommodate students.
Friday is an Employee Planning Day for Broward Schools. PS Youth will also be closed.
Please note, PS Youth will be closed on Saturdays during the Summer Break!
**Parents, please ensure that students avoid any form of trouble during this last week of school. Most schools ban book bags for safety concerns. Your child should know to walk away/report to adult if they face danger at school.
PS YOUTH'S SUMMER SESSION:
PS Youth's Summer Session begins on Monday, July 1st and ends on Friday, August 2nd. Please contact us at 954-358-0625 if you need more information/registration forms.
SUMMER COMMUNITY EVENTS, TO BE ANNOUNCED:
PS Youth has some fun community events planned during the summer months; we will be posting more information soon. We will have partnership/sponsorship/volunteer opportunities available. Please stay tuned for more information.
Subject: What Exactly is Summer Slide and How Can It Be Prevented?
PREVENT SUMMER SLIDE -- ENCOURAGE READING!
Parents/Guardians: Please ensure that your children read over the summer break!
"Summer Slide", the loss of reading skills over the summer break, accounts for 2/3 of achievement gaps between poor children and affluent children.
Did you know that children can lose up to three months of academic progress over the summer? Over 100 years of research continually shows this trend.
Encourage your children to read EVERY day! Read non-fiction, fiction, ebooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud! For most children, twenty minutes is an appropriate amount of time to read for a child who is an independent reader. Most libraries have a wonderful summer reading program with incentives and rewards for books read over the summer.
-Source: Little Scholars & PS Youth
Date Posted 10/07/2012
Subject: FEE WAIVER FOR PSAT/SAT
Just a reminder that high school juniors (11th grade) who are deemed as low-income (receive free or reduced lunch) may qualify for fee waivers for the PSAT. Please inquire with individual schools for more informat
Date Posted: 10/5/2010
Subject: Anti-Bullying Resources for Parents and Teachers
The epidemic of our kids committing suicide as a result of bullying has gotten nationwide attention. Here is a link to some valuable resources to help parents and teachers address this touchy topic with our kids. Let's take a step to end bullying. It is not cute and it is not cool, it is now a killer among our fragile children, and we must now gain control, as a community. However, it all starts at home. Here is the link for a step by step approach of how to get the conversation started.
Date Posted: 5/14/2010
Subject: Teacher of the Year Finalists Named
Five outstanding Florida educators received a surprise visit from the Department of Education and representatives from Macy’s last week to find out their selection as a finalist for the 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award. The statewide finalists were announced during Florida ’s annual Teacher Appreciation Week. This year’s finalists were chosen from a distinguished group of 72 district finalists for the prestigious honor.
Congratulations to the 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalists:
Date Posted: 5/7/2010
Subject: Boyd H. Anderson High School Alumni Scholarship Fund
Source: Boyd H. Anderson Alumni Association Treasurer, Kim M. Braxl
Subject: The Importance of Summer Reading
Just Read, Families! is a summer reading program which provides parents with information about actively reading with their children during the summer months. Governor Bush first proclaimed May 2003 as Just Read, Families! month.
Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By encouraging their children to read, parents are playing a critical role in achieving our goal of having every child reading at or above grade level by 2012. Now is the time to take advantage of the many activities and resources available on this website. Keep your children engaged in reading!
Children are a precious gift, and the opportunity to inspire a love of reading is both a great honor and an extraordinary responsibility. With your help, we can make Florida's reading goals a reality.
Source: Florida Department of Education
Date Posted: 5/7/2010
Subject: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School?
Harvard conducted a study which found that "rewarding behaviors that lead to learning gains was much more impactful than simply rewarding the desired outcome" (uBoost).
As educators and parents, we know that students succeed more in an atmosphere of reward rather than punishment, but just how much is too much?
Read the TIMES article for more details on the findings of the Harvard study.
Source: uBoost, TIMES Magazine
Date Posted: 1/13/2009
By Scott Fishman |South Florida Sun-SentinelJanuary 11, 2009
Realizing how fortunate he is, Chase Book, a junior at University School in Davie, started promoting the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Adopt-A-Family 4 the Holidays program.
For the past three years, Book would hand out fliers and go on the morning announcements to get classmates involved in the cause. His efforts, along with student volunteers he has recruited, have helped nearly 200 families in some way to make the holidays a little brighter.
"By the foundation of my parents, I realized I need to give back to my community because if I don't, I feel no one will," he said. "I feel like I have to make a statement that there are people who still care."
Book was recently recognized for his efforts and presented a check for $3,000 as the Junior Community Quarterback Award grant recipient in pre-game ceremonies of a Miami Dolphins game.
DATE POSTED: 7/28/2008
SUBJECT: Broward Program Reaches out to High Schoolers - Play Regarding Youth Concentrating on Education and Career instead of Drugs, Sex, & Crime
DATE POSTED: 1/24/2008
SUBJECT: Harvard Tuition Announcement
Harvard University announced on December 10th that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, 'When only 10 percent of the students in Elite higher education come from families in lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.'
If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free...no tuition and no student loans!
To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $40,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.Harvard.edu/ or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.
(Source: Broward Community College)
Family Central is offering therapeutic solutions for children between the ages of 2- 11.
Date Posted: 10/16/2012
Subject: Healthy Kids/United Health Care has partnered with PS Youth to bring awareness to parents/guardians about affordable health insurance for children.
DATE POSTED: 5/7/2010
SUBJECT: National Youth Prevention Week
During the March 3, 2009 Broward County Public School Board meeting, the Resolution in Support of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, March 23 – 27, 2009, was approved. During this week-long national education initiative, their goal was to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, administrators, resource officers, and the community on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.
o Day 1: Promote Respect and Tolerance, Sponsored by Teaching Tolerance
o Day 2: Manage Your Anger, Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association
o Day 3: Resolve Conflicts Peacefully, Sponsored by the Association For Conflict Resolution
o Day 4: Support Safety, Sponsored by the National Youth Court Center
o Day 5: Unite in Action, Sponsored by Youth Service America
Visit Broward Public Schools' Office of Prevention Programs website for more info.
Date Posted: June 2nd, 2014
IN THE COMMUNITY
Date Posted: 8/28/2015
PS Youth joins in as Sponsor of Goldson Spine's Annual Back To School Splash - 8/1/2015!
Over 800 students benefited! PS Youth is pleased to be part of such a wonderful effort!
Date Posted: 3/16/2015
PS Youth will co-host a Back to School Event in August, 2015. Please stay tuned for further details.
Date Posted: 1/28/2015
Date Posted: 8/16/2013
Subject: Community Back to School Event
PS Youth and friends hosted a successful Community Appreciation "Back to School" Event on August 10, 2013. The free event featured neigboring businesses and local community organizations. Presenters/partners included: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), City County Credit Union, Live Life Healthy Foundation, and SmallWorld Communications. We thank the community for the support of this event and we look forward to hosting another on a larger scale really soon. If interested in partnering with PS Youth and other community organizations, please contact us!
People's Insurance, One Step Up (dance studio), and Nu Life Beauty Salon were all involved in the Community Back to School event... Music, refreshments, giveaways, discounts on services, and back to school supplies were all available to the community!
View pictures from the event at:
Community "Back to School" Event
PS Youth (along with various community organizations) will host a Community "Back to School" Event on
August 10th from 10am - 2pm.
4103 North State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Features: Valuable information provided to the public; giveaways/prize drawings; music and other activities.
We welcome donations/sponsorships towards the event. Tables are available to non-profit organizations free of charge (as space permits).
Please contact PS Youth at 954-358-0625 for further details.
Date Posted: 6/5/2013
Subject: Fun Family Day this Saturday, June 8th, 2013
MLK Marketplace - Battle of the Finalists!
Date Posted: 12/21/2012
Subject: A Red Carpet Affair hosted by PS Youth and friends!
(Save the Date: 2/16/2013)
RSVP via Facebook: Here!
**Back by popular demand**
PS Youth is pleased to present another event:
"A Red Carpet Affair"
With Valentine's Day falling on a Thursday, let's use this night to celebrate a night of love or simply come out and party (red carpet style) for a worthy cause -- with some beautiful and fun-loving people!!
As always, we will please the crowd with a host of prizes and surprises (hints will be posted as the event gets closer).
Women, wear that special 'head-turning' red or black dress/outfit.
Men, dress to impress (no sneakers if possible).
Red or black is preferred, but definitely not required.
Tickets are just $25 pre-sold and $30 at the door. Ticket price includes a delightful meal.
**100% of proceeds will go towards PS Youth Outreach Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit providing services to youth in and around Broward County. Visit www.psyouth.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-Youth-Outreach-Center-Inc/109185119104960 for more information on PS Youth!**
Music by the crowd-pleasers:
DJ Donovan of TDs Unlimited and DJ Steppa!
Don't miss this worthy event!!
The Banquet Hall
3300 Inverrary Blvd.
Lauderhill, FL 33319
Save the date!! See you there!! (Adults Only!!)
(Thanks for your support -- please share with like-minded party-people with hearts of gold!!) ♥
Date posted: 10/16/2012
Subject: PS Youth partners with Healthy Kids and United Health Care to bring awareness to parents and guardians about affordable healthcare for students 5 to 18 who are uninsured.
Please visit: www.uhckids.com for more information.
Date Posted: 6/30/2011
Subject: PS Youth becomes a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) provider for the fourth school year. Please contact us at 954-358-0625 for information about FREE tutoring.
We are proud to be rated as an EXCELLENT provider by Florida Department of Education!
Support A Cause - Celebrate Jamaica's Independence Day with us on August 6th, 2011 as we raise funds for PS Youth's Educational Programs.
Contact 954-358-0625 for tickets.
Date Posted: 5/7/2010
Subject: PS Youth becomes a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) provider for the third school year
For the third consecutive school year, PS Youth was again successful in becoming an SES Provider through Florida Department of Education. This contract allows PS Youth to work with Broward County Public Schools in providing free tutoring services to eligible students attending Title I schools during the 2010-2011 school year. Through the SES program, PS Youth will provide one-on-one and small group tutoring in Reading and Mathematics. We anticipate taking registrations for this program during July - September, 2010. For more information about this valuable program, please contact PS Youth at 954-358-0625 or via email at email@example.com.
Date Posted: 6/19/2009
Subject: BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hollywood to Host School Supplies Drive to Benefit PS Youth Outreach Center, Inc. from July 18 to August 10
WHAT: BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hollywood will be hosting a school supplies drive to benefit PS Youth Outreach Center, Inc. The nonprofit organization is in need of pens, pencils, notebooks and crayons to use during its tutoring sessions for youth in 2nd grade through 8th grade. A collection bin will be located at the front of the club.
WHEN: Saturday, July 18 – Monday, August 10
WHERE: BJ’s Wholesale Club
4000 Oakwood Blvd
EVENT/MEDIA CONTACT: Tricia Maddrey Baker, 954-249-7979
Date Posted: 6/9/2009
Subject: Broward County Offering Free Driver's License Lessons to High School Students. Please follow the link above for particulars.
Date Posted: 5/27/2009
Subject: PS Youth's Board Members hosted PS Youth's 2nd Annual Fundraising Bash
Held on 5/2/2009, PS Youth's 2nd Annual Fundraiser - dubbed "A Black and White Bash" was a delighful evening. Below is a snapshot of a Steppin' Out article which featured the event.
All proceeds from the event went directly to support PS Youth's Academic Program.
Date Posted: 5/27/2009
Subject: Back to School Event - August, 2009
PS Youth will host a Back to School Drive during June - July, 2009 in hopes of hosting a Back To School Event in August, 2009. Please check back soon or Contact Us for further details on the Back to School Drive to see how you may be of assistance through sponsorships, donations, and/or volunteering.
Date Posted: 11/17/2008
SUBJECT: Broward Youth Learn to Build and Play Authentic African Drums
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Guinean percussionist and drum builder, Moussa Soumah will teach 20 Broward County youth, ages 9-17, to craft, tune and play authentic African djembe drums. Classes and culminating recital will take place at Willie L. Webb, Sr. Park over six Saturdays beginning in January of 2009. Students will learn the intricacies of lacing, tuning and maintaining the drums. Once all the drums are built, students will learn to play traditional Mande rhythms in a drum circle setting.
Follow this link for more info:
(Source: Trina Soumare,
Date Posted: 8/4/2008
SUBJECT: PS Youth Receives
over 300 Reading Books from FirstBook
PS Youth has received a donation of over 300 reading books from FirstBook. Eligible participants of PS Youth's programs will receive free books.
Date Posted: 7/7/2008
SUBJECT: PS Youth Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Broward County!
PS Youth has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward County. The grant will be used to serve youth aging out of foster care. View the press release: PS Youth Grant.
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