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Nita M. Lowey Notice of Intent to apply for funding

Notice of Intent to Apply – 21st Century Community Learning Centers
RFP 2023

NOTICE of INTENT TO APPLY: 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County is pleased to announce that it will be applying for funding from the Florida Department of Education to establish its club locations in Avon Park and Sebring as a “Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center” (21CCLC). The 21st CCLC is a no-cost-to-parents afterschool and summer program that, if awarded, will be funded for four (4) years.

This 21st CCLC will offer academic and personal enrichment programming year-round, serving at-risk youth in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The program will be available to all students attending Highlands County Elementary Schools: Avon, Fred Wild, Memorial, Park and Woodlawn.

After-school program services will be held at two Boys & Girls Club locations on all regularly scheduled school days. In Avon Park, the Club is located at 207 E. State Street, and in Sebring, at 111 N. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Summer Program will be at the same locations, during June and July.

The grant application due date is May 20th 2022. We are seeking feedback to better understand the needs of the community. The public is invited to complete the Needs Assessment Survey through this website to be aggregated in our Grant Proposal. Please return responses to our Administrative Office at P.O. Box 1596, Sebring, FL 33871 by the due date of April 20th, 2022 to be included. Further Information about the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County and 21CCLC may be obtained by calling our Administrative Office at (863) 451-5401.

To Download The Needs Assessment Survey
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South Florida State College Visits the Boys & Girls Club in Avon Park

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On June 27, 2022, South Florida State College (SFSC) partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County to put together a fun-filled educational event called “Strive for Success to College.” The event was held at the Boys & Girls Club in Avon Park, where residents from Avon Park and Sebring ranging from third to 11th grade attended the event. This event introduced students to college information and allowed them to use what they learned in the Boys & Girls Club summer program classes.

A variety of activities that the kids participated in helped them gain information about college, career options, educational facts, and vocabulary words. SFSC was all about school spirit — SFSC representatives wore their orange SFSC t-shirts and the walls were covered with SFSC spirit posters. The kids were awarded prizes at the end to thank them for their participation and to continue to strive for learning in education. As a local college in Highlands County, we want students to know that we are their community resource when they have questions about college and to help them explore career options.

“We love our community and are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the Boys & Girls Club to motivate students to strive for higher education and spark a desire to go to college,” said Sofia Ochoa, college recruiter at SFSC. “I love my job as a college recruiter and events like this make me happy because we are working with kids who will be successful and make a difference one day. That’s what we see from our students who attended SFSC and we want to inspire future students to get started on their college and career journey and find the right resources available to them at SFSC.

When the students from the Boys & Girls Club think back on this event, they may say, ‘I remember when SFSC came to visit us and we played games, but I learned a lot about SFSC and I want to know more.’” SFSC representatives who participated in the Boys & Girls Club event were: Dolores Breedlove, Take Stock in Children college success coach; Dr. Mark Bukowski, dean of student services; Anastasia Fuchser, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development coordinator; Rob Hampton, Career Development Center director; Fred Hayes, Construction Trades Program director; George Livingston, Tutoring and Learning Center Math Lab specialist; Cristian Luevano, HSI-STEM coach; Sofia Ochoa, college recruiter; Andy Polk, Student Life coordinator; and Emily Vickers, Health Sciences staff assistant.


Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County is proud to be a 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Please learn more by visiting " About Us " and reading about our 21CCLC program.


The Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County has reached out to our local providers of emergency services and other agencies that serve an essential function to our area. (The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the Emergency Services Commander, as well as both hospital ERs.) We have invited the children of these Essential workers, to come to the club locations in Avon Park and Sebring, for tutoring and mentoring during the days of school closures. This offer provides a safe space for children to stay for a couple hours, giving their parents and opportunity to go to the grocery store or to run errands. Those interested may contact our Site Directors to set up appointments to work with kids either one-on-one, on-site or via video or telephone chat.

While many families daily schedules have been disrupted, the Boys & Girls Club in Highlands County wants to be a safe and positive place that’s stayed steady for families in our area. We are available for those who are members and also those who are working so diligently to keep us all safe. “

We are welcoming New Members to our Club!

Hello Parents! If you are looking for a quality after school program for your Highlands County students, the Boys & Girls Club is also looking for you!

Please contact the Site Director at the location that is most convenient to your home - in Sebring or Avon Park - to schedule a site visit and submit an application

The Boys & Girls Club serves members in grades 1st to 12th. We are the Positive Place for Kids.

The Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County provides after-school and summer programs for hundreds of area youth ages 6-12 at two Club locations.
Programs are designed to help youth excel in school, become leaders, live healthy lifestyles and create plans for success after high school graduation.

Our Clubs provide youth with opportunities forAcademic Enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students
who attend low performingschools to meet state academic standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics.

Our Avon Park Location :

207 E.State Street        Avon Park, FL 33825        863-452-4414

Site Director: Florine Anderson    Email Me

Our Sebring Location :

111 MLK Jr. Blvd.     Sebring, FL. 33870        863-451-5757

Site Director: Vernetta Bolton    Email Me

Our Lake Placid Location :

The Lake Placid Location Is Currently In Our Planning Stages.

Our Administrative Offices :

2523 U.S. 27 South Suite 120
Avon Park, FL 33825

P.O.Box 1596        Sebring. FL 33871        863-451-5401

Executive Director : Dave Cornuet

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Operations Director : Janice Rearick

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