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Fit Families for Life is an educational initiative designed to engage our students and their families in programs and activities that foster healthy life choices and positive behaviors. With the involvement and commitment of Florida Blue, the Lightning Foundation, All Children’s Hospital, Sweetbay Markets, University of Tampa, White Family Foundation, YMCA, and other organizations, Fit Families for Life is designed for sustainability.
This program is the centerpiece of a health curriculum engaging every grade level in multiple activities that reinforce healthy behaviors. Using nutrition training and physical fitness as the key subjects, activities for students and families include cooking classes, yoga, swimming, dance, and other healthy endeavors. As a comprehensive curriculum, Fit Families becomes a model that can be replicated in other schools. Prevention is the key to change health outcomes, and intervening early in a child’s life is a direct way to foster good health decisions for generations to come.
ROSEBUD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
In partnership with The Links, Inc., we initiated the Rosebud Leadership Academy, a girls’ program that nurtures self confidence and builds self esteem. The Links is a not-for-profit organization of more that 12,000 women of color, committed to enhancing the quality of life in their communities.
The goal of the Rosebud Leadership Academy is to foster strong leadership qualities and self confidence that empower young girls to take control of their own lives and develop as strong community leaders. Links members participate as mentors and meet with our students on a monthly basis. Topics addressed include effective communication, problem solving skills, self esteem, etiquette, and community awareness and service.
PBS KIDS NEWS HOUR
Through a partnership with WEDU the PBS Kids News Program provides students with an opportunity to learn about Communication and Broadcasting. With the guidance of a trained Academy Prep facilitator, the students engage in various video based projects like service announcements, student and teacher recognition, and Academy Prep news reports.
RAYMOND JAMES PROJECT
Specifically designed for 8th grade students, the Raymond James Project provides classroom learning and hands-on activities in both personal and business financial matters. Led by experts from Raymond James, topics include the stock market, mortgages, credit and debit cards, balancing a checkbook, loans, and understanding different financial institutions.
Students also participate in a series of activities at Finance Park, located in the Gus A. Stavros Institute. Each student is given a set of “life” circumstances, including job status, family configuration, housing and transportation needs and a set of expenses. Based on these circumstances, students must manage their finances. Students report on their progress and their decisions are discussed and evaluated.
This extraordinary project benefits students directly, preparing them for the challenges they will face in the future. Their knowledge and understanding of financial matters is also especially helpful for their families.
Through our partnership with Regions Bank, Regions employees make monthly visits to our campus to provide financial education our students on a monthly basis. Classes are held once a month and are taught to our 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. In these classes, students learn about banking, credit, entrepreneurship, and much more.
ENTERPRISE VILLAGE PROGRAM
As part the 5th grade social studies curriculum, students spend eight weeks in classes studying economic concepts. These concepts are the foundation for teaching students how to run a business, manage personal finances and become educated consumers.
The culmination of the program is spending a full day at Enterprise Village, where students utilize their skills and work cooperatively in groups and manage a business, receive paychecks and make purchases in Village stores. The Enterprise Village model assists students in developing basic economic concepts, understanding relationships between businesses and consumers, utilizing best practices in business planning, managing personal finances, and applying simple decision making processes to improve outcomes.
This exceptional program prepares Academy Prep students for “real life” and helps them use the lessons learned to make good choices and effective decisions regarding their personal lives.