Building Leaders of Character (BLOC)

Who we serve: Middle and high school students
Where: Little Haiti and North Miami
Goal: To empower youth to live a higher quality of life by recognizing and supporting their strengths year-round

Youth are valued and have meaningful, decision-making roles in our community. Involving and engaging youth as equal partners is reflected both in our after-school and summer programs. BLOC supports and engages all youth, rather than focusing on “high-risk” or “gifted.” We recognize, however, the need to identify and respond to specific problems such as substance use, poor school attendance and low grades.

Building Leaders of Character (BLOC) prepares youth to succeed in school, college and eventually in their jobs. It is under our Positive Youth Development Pillar of Service.

Youth are taken on field trips to Water Rapids and trampoline parks, for example, and engage in team-building activities such as obstacle courses. High school students learn about resume-building, interviewing skills and submitting applications for college.

Youth are taught that everyone is unique and stands out in their own special way. BLOC participants also learn different ways to deal with anger and how to build healthy relationships.

High school students attend Mondays and Thursdays from 3-6pm and middle school students attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. Funded by the Children’s Trust.