Project Grow is an afterschool and out-of-school program that fosters a stable educational environment for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program is customized to meet the unique challenges of 60 formerly homeless and low-income students from Adopt-A-Family housing programs and the surrounding community. The mission of Project Grow is to provide a safe, stable learning environment.
In late 2013, Project Grow incorporated an innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum that introduces career fields of the future to all 60 of its students.
The curriculum has strengthened existing community partnerships and attracted new business and community partners to teach our students directly in each of the STEAM fields.
Some of the special STEAM programming presentations include The South Florida Science Center, Engineering for Kids, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and The Palm Beach Zoo. Another highlight included an innovative grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute that allowed for the purchase of 7 brand new Dell laptops for our students.
Thanks to our donors, Adopt-A-Family was also able to purchase nearly 40 Chromebooks in June 2020 for students to participate in the Project Grow virtual summer camp. These devices allowed Grow students to take part in camp activities from the safety of their homes due to COVID-19.
To date, Project Grow staff have facilitated more than 530 teacher-led classroom STEAM activities.
Program Facts & Highlights:
- 98% of Project Grow students are successfully promoted to the next grade level – which is significantly higher than local and national averages for formerly homeless and low-income students.
- Through a partnership with Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, two AmeriCorps literacy tutors work with our students year-round to ensure they reach and maintain reading level for their respective grade.
- Project Grow continues to meet and exceed goals set forth by Prime Time Palm Beach County’s Quality Improvement System (QIS). The program has earned the highest possible rating under the QIS evaluation system since its inception six years ago. Only 11 out of 120 programs rated in the county have achieved this distinction.
- Small group counseling is offered free of charge to identified students who need support processing traumatic life events. If necessary, in-house individual counseling for children and parents is also provided.