THE SPOT - Special Place for Teens (SPOT) in conjunction with Up ’N’ Coming operates a summer camp and year round program for underprivileged youth between the ages 12-15. The program provide services at Joe lee Smith, Cocoa Housing Authority - Cocoa, FL, and Gardendale – Merritt Island, FL. The SPOT provide services such as reading, mentoring, life and coping skills development, employability skills, nutrition education and fitness activities. Our objective is to cultivate an environment that will not only improve academia but will combat obesity and become the basis of a conceptual framework for student’s success inside and outside of school. Our program offers mentoring to help students become contributing members of society. Reading to help improve school grades, attendance, and graduation rate. Nutrition education is put into place to develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy food choices. Healthy food consumption is a direct link to our brains well being and functionality helping us make better choices and decisions. Fitness activities to help youth achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness. This program includes mini- nutrition workshops, a fitness program and provide monthly healthy meals and snacks.
Basketball Tournament- During the summer, we provide a safe haven for teens to come together for a night of fun, and offer an educational, inspirational, and recreational program. This activity happens for 8 Friday Nights and encompasses bringing all ages together. The tournament is provided through a partnership with other community organizations, local ministries, business leaders and community members. Activities include, basketball tournament, dance contest, bounce houses, DJs, free food and a whole lot of family fun. This event brings the entire community together in a peaceful manner.
The P.L.U.G. which stands for Party Learn Understand and Grow is one of My Community Cares, Inc. most successful programs. The Plug provides a year-round after school program and a summer reading camp for kids enrolled in Kindergarten thru 5th grade. Program activities include reading, tutoring, mentoring, life skills training, nutrition and enrichment activities. MCC objective is to cultivate an environment that will not only improve academia but become the basis of a conceptual framework for student’s success inside and outside of school. MCC program offers mentoring to help students become contributing members of society. Reading and tutoring to help improve literacy, school grades, attendance, and graduation rate. The reading program consists of reading inside MyOn and hardcover books. The PLUG program seeks to decrease Brevard County’s disproportionate amount of youth being retained and show an increase in literacy. The PLUG accomplishes this by providing the community with an educational year round and summer camp program that addresses the summer slide problem. HEALTH: Because healthy food consumption is a direct link to our brains well-being and functionality in helping us make better choices and decisions, fitness activities is also a part of The PLUG program that helps youth achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness. This program includes mini- nutrition workshops, a fitness program and monthly healthy meals and snacks to all youth per month. The youth learn the importance of healthy and natural foods.