Project Grow

Project Grow

Each December, Literacy Coalition AmeriCorps Volunteers in addition to representatives from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium host “Science Night” at Project Grow.

Project Grow is an afterschool and out-of-school program which fosters a stable and 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 in the Palm Beach County community of Lake Worth. The mission of Project Grow is to provide a safe, stable environment for low-income, formerly homeless children in which to learn.

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 students in Project Grow. The newly introduced curriculum has strengthened existing community partnerships and has attracted new business and community partners to teach our students directly in each of the respective 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 recent highlight includes an innovative grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute  that allowed for the purchase of 7 brand new Dell laptops for our students.

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.
  • Project Grow has partnerships with more than 20 local businesses and organizations in order to foster its STEAM-curriculum. A 2016 project included a partnership with The Benjamin School’s Benjineers, who recently won a national STEM competition.
  • 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.

Visit our family success stories to learn how Project Grow has a positive impact on the students it serves.