What is the Young Leaders with Character (YLC) STEAM Ahead Program?
The YLC STEAM Ahead program offers after-school care Monday-Friday for teens in grades 6-8th at three convenient locations in the city. This program provides families with high quality out-of-school services in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for FREE. We've designed the YLC STEAM Ahead program for teens who are in need of quality after-school care with a strong educational focus.

Activities include Homework Assistance, STEM Project Based Learning Activities, Character Education, Fitness and Enrichment Activities.

Coming Soon
pdf YLC-STEAM Ahead Narrative 2017-2018 (361 KB)
pdf YLC-STEAM Ahead Appendix A Continuing Improvement (461 KB)

Partnering Schools and Locations
All of our sites are conveniently located within the City of Hialeah. They include:

Hours & Dates
The YLC STEAM Ahead program is open Monday through Friday and follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools calendar. All of the STEAM Ahead sites are open from 3:55-6:55 pm. 

Registration is simple! To register your teen, simply bring us:
  • A copy of your child's birth certificate or passport
  • A current photo of your child
  • Your child's Student ID number
  • A copy of your child's last report card
  • Proof of address (current utility bill)                                                                                                                                                
  • A completed registration packet (see below)
  pdf English Registration Packet for 2017-2018 (1.36 MB)
  pdf Spanish Registration Packet for 2017-2018 (1.46 MB)

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The YLC STEAM AHEAD Summer Camp will be held at Palm Springs Middle School. Summer Camp registration will begin on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at each of the Afterschool locations from 3:50-6:50 PM. For more information please contact the ECS office at 305-818-9143.

Summer Camp Activities include: Teacher led PBL Activities, Swim Program (Guard Start, and Swim Lessons), STEM Classes, Educational Field Trips, and Enrichment Classes such as Guitar, Dance, Cooking/Nutrition, and Fitness Activities.

MANDATORY PARENT ORIENTATION will be held at Palm Springs Middle School on May 23, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 PM. 

Camp Fees 
Registration and Weekly Activities are completely FREE due to funding provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

Required Documents to bring at time of registration
Passport or Birth Certificate
Current photo of child
Proof of address-utility bill
Current report card/ School Acceptance Letter
Completed Registration Form
Any documentation documenting Child with Special Needs (if applicable)

pdf Summer Camp English Registration Packet (364 KB)
pdf Summer Camp Spanish Registration Packet
(391 KB)

The City of Hialeah is able to offer this quality after-school and summer camp program due to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant.

bout Our Staff

Our staff includes state-certified teachers, trained tutors and counselors. There are CPR and first aid certified staff at every site. Staff meet Level 2 screening requirements as described in S. 1012.32 (Florida Statutes). We contract with a diverse and talented group of community-based instructors for enrichment activities. Please ask us what fun, enriching activities are upcoming this year in both after-school and summer.1471948 751627568187156 621673880 n

Program accommodations include a Master Inclusion Teacher, a behavioral analyst consultant for individual cases as needed, as well as daily inclusion aides and trained staff onsite to apply behavior modification techniques for children with behavior challenges and educational strategies for those who have learning difficulties and attention deficits. We offer inclusion support at sites if needed and our after-school and summer staff-to-child ratios are 1:15.

YLC Parents/Family Member Services
Activities for parents/family members are also an integral part of the YLC STEAM Ahead program. At the YLC, parents are encouraged to continue learning either through their teen or through workshops and classes offered.
  • Workshops and training utilizing the Parent Academy Resources.
  • Free ESL classes for parents/family members whose teen is enrolled in the YLC program. Parents/family members can participate in either classes offered through the City of Hialeah Libraries, or at one of our sites in a class setting with the Special Programs Instructor. 
  • Project Based Learning Showcases
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pdf STEAM Ahead Summative Report 2016-2017- Year 3

(1.28 MB)
pdf STEAM Ahead Summative Report 2016-2017- Year 3 Revised 1/26/18 (1.38 MB)

For Further Information 

Please visit any of our Young Leaders with Character locations to learn more about our out of school programs

City of Hialeah
Department of Education and Community Services
7400 West 24th Avenue, 2nd Floor Hialeah, FL 33016
Phone: 305-818-9143 Fax: 305-818-9841

You can learn more about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers website.

Last updated :3/27/18