Two City of Orlando neighborhood centers – the John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center and the Dr. J. B. Callahan Neighborhood Center - offer high-quality after-school programs for elementary and middle schools students that combine fun and learning. Students can participate in supervised recreational activities, homework assistance and enrichment activities like garden club, Mayor Buddy’s Book Club and performing arts programs.
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust offers a Youth Employment program, include job training, soft skills training, job placement and monitoring, internships, apprenticeships, help with resumes and interview skills training.
Youth Entrepreneurship skills are offered through the Orlando Community & Youth Trust’s Black Bee Honey program, wherein students learn business skills including sales, marketing, accounting, government interaction, permitting, inspections, food handling certification, networking, time-management, problem solving, leadership and partnership with local organizations. Students also learn the skill of Beekeeping and the manufacturing of honey.
New Image Youth Center offers a comprehensive daily, year round program to youth from Kindergarten through college focused on academic achievement, health & wellness, life skills development, crisis intervention and social justice. Services include tutoring, after-school homework help, STEM activities, college/post-secondary preparation, researched-based therapeutic sessions to help students learn developmentally appropriate skills for stress, anger management, coping mechanisms and positive communication, management of an on-site garden, nutrition/cooking and exercise classes, crisis support services and education to promote equity, racial and environmental justice.
The Nature and Environmental Sustainability Program is a comprehensive initiative that aims to educate and engage youth in environmental awareness and sustainability practices. The program included a variety of activities such as field trips to solar farms, wind farms, recycling facilities, costal beaches, camping in the woods, wildlife tours, and fishing trips. It also incorporated interactive sessions to teach about global warming, its causes, and strategies to mitigate it.