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Your Guide for Special Events Celebrating Prodigy Students Across Central Florida

Prodigy Sites

Got Talent? We’ve got class-es! Call or visit a site to learn more!

Hillsborough County

Pasco County

BGC Brandon Prodigy®

BGC Lacoochee Prodigy®

Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, Inc. Bill Carey Brandon Unit 213 North Knights Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510 813-685-2006

Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, Inc. 38724 Mudcat Grant Boulevard, Lacoochee, FL 33537 352-583-0642

FICS Prodigy® Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. 6704 Hanley Road, Tampa, FL 33634 813-249-8100

Prodigy Moves® University Area CDC 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613 813-558-5212 x 303

THA Prodigy® Tampa Housing Authority 5301 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607 813-341-9101 N

UACDC Tampa I Prodigy® University Area CDC 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613 813-558-5212 x 217

Orange County ONIC Prodigy® Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation 101 South Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805 407-648-1623

Saint Leo Prodigy® Saint Leo University Department of Social Work University Campus, MC2067, Saint Leo, FL 33574 352-588-7425

Pinellas County YMCA Prodigy® YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Inc. 600 1st Avenue North, Suite 201, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-895-9622

Polk County Girls Inc. Prodigy® Girls Inc. of Lakeland 1220 West Highland Street, Lakeland, FL 33815 863-682-3002 x 222

Heartland Prodigy® Heartland for Children 1239 East Main Street, Bartow, FL 33830 863-232-7036

Oasis Prodigy® Oasis Community Church 3330 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803 863-667-2000 x 150

Osceola County EF Prodigy® The Foundation for Osceola Education, Inc. 2310 New Beginnings Road, Suite 118 Kissimmee, FL 34744 407-870-4855



More than a Celebration How Prodigy Month affirms student success with artistry From Orlando to St. Petersburg, Prodigy students across Central Florida are being celebrated for their accomplishments in the arts. This annual observance serves as a reminder of Prodigy’s mission of transforming young lives. The event has received many accolades throughout the years and yet it still produces the same invaluable result: each student’s transformation is captured in every performance piece and every exhibited work of art. How each piece came to be is the art of Prodigy’s success. Through cultural arts classes infused with life skills, students learn how to evaluate their emotions, ensuing actions and decisions. These selfassessments have been proven to increase student accountability and discipline. Prodigy students then begin to recognize the importance of being better. Ultimately, they are their contribution to their community. Close to 2000 students have worked hard to better themselves while contributing artistically to Prodigy Month. In turn, each event is a very unique experience. Each event is also an affirmation of success for Prodigy students, their families and friends and team of over 150 instructors, assistants, coaches and administrators who serve in the program. Pictured above and on the cover: mixed media pieces exhibited by the Boys & Girls Club of Lacoochee during 2016 Prodigy Month

In this Issue Listing of Prodigy Sites In the Spotlight Prodigy Month Guide The Rewind Prodigy Moves Monthly Event Calendar

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: Prodigy Cultural Arts Program Visit us online at

Our Proclamation WHEREAS, Prodigy Cultural Arts Month is an opportunity to recognize the transformation and artistic talents of at-risk youth, and pay tribute to the positive transformation that takes place in the lives of those youth; and WHEREAS, in February, individuals can attend annual Prodigy Cultural Arts Program Showcases throughout central Florida, spotlighting the artistic talents of Program youth; and WHEREAS, the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program Showcases allow attendees to view various art forms, such as: Dance, Music Production, Vocal Performance, Painting, Photography, Drums, Keyboard, Guitar, Sculpture, Drawing, Spoken Word and Creative Writing; and WHEREAS, Prodigy Cultural Arts Program participants benefit from the asset-based youth development model, which infuses life skills in with the cultural art lessons; and WHEREAS, by altering juvenile behavior, the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program prevents and diverts youth from moving deeper into the Juvenile Justice System, thus saving the state money, improving our communities and transforming young lives; and WHEREAS, we encourage all to support the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program in their efforts to transform the lives of at risk-youth through the use of visual and performing arts. NOW, THEREFORE, we do hereby proclaim February 2017, as PRODIGY CULTURAL ARTS MONTH and urge all citizens to join in recognizing the value of the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program and the importance it serves for our atrisk youth across central Florida.

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The University Area CDC

Legislative Awareness Committee 20 Agencies and Counting

As of January 31, the University Area CDC Legislative Committee has presented before representatives of the following agencies:

Dade City Commission Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners Pictured above: Prodigy Site Liaisons Ronald Bradford and Daniel Khahaifa stand outside of the Dec. 2016 Pasco Board of County Commissioners meeting. Faced with uncertainty as a new budget year looms ahead, the University Area CDC has mobilized to help preserve funding for the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. This effort has been broad and swift, resulting in the creation of an extensive advocacy plan. At the helm is University Area CDC’s Legislative Awareness Committee (LAC). Here’s how they’ve launched an amazing push to identify new funding sources and increase legislative support: The Prodigy High 5 Tasked with creating an advocacy message, the LAC adopted five main accomplishments as its central theme. Called the Prodigy High 5, it identifies the program’s success in the areas of life skills delivery, academic enrichment, delinquency prevention, annual juvenile justice system cost savings and enrollment. The Advocate Guide Introduced as a public relations and engagement directory, The Advocate is the LAC’s roadmap for navigating through six counties of legislative offices, government meetings and events. A Team Effort Although the LAC consists of six members of the University Area CDC management and executive leadership team, they were joined by a dozen more agency staff members and personnel from partner organizations. The LAC is still pursuing funding and partnership opportunities. For additional information on how you can help, please send an email to Prodigy Director Mike Trepper at

Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation Meeting Hillsborough County School District Lakeland City Commission Orange Board of County Commissioners Orange County Legislative Delegation Meeting Orlando City Council Osceola Board of County Commissioners Osceola County Legislative Delegation Meeting Pasco Board of County Commissioners Pasco County Legislative Delegation Meeting Pasco County School District Pasco County Department of Parks and Recreation Pinellas Board of County Commissioners Pinellas County Legislative Delegation Meeting Polk Board of County Commissioners Polk County Legislative Delegation Meeting St. Petersburg City Council Tampa City Council

Pictured above right: Prodigy Professional Development Specialist Nora Ward outside of the Dec. 2016 St. Petersburg City Council meeting. 4


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Introducing the 2017

Prodigy Month Guide



February 3, 2017 through March 4, 2017 A celebration featuring music, dance and fine art exhibits created by students of the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program



This year, Prodigy Month begins Friday, February 3, 2017 with a First Friday Kickoff at University Mall in Tampa, FL. From then on, families and friends can enjoy showcases each week. Each showcase has its own theme and is unique to the Prodigy host site. Supporting events are also available to add to the fun and most events are free of charge. The festivities then come to a spectacular close with The Art of Storytelling showcase at University Area Community Theater on March 4, 2017.

Wed February 8

Prodigy presents

Bright Not Broken Working with ADHD and Autistic Students 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM University Area CDC 14013 N. 22nd St., Annex C

February 15

UACDC Tampa I Prodigy presents

We’ve Got Class! Rockin’ Guitar

Tue February 21

February 27

THA Prodigy presents

Metamorphosis: The Power of Me

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Oaks at Riverview Community Center 110 E. Kirby St. Tampa, FL. 33604

February 22

UACDC Tampa I Prodigy presents

Prodigy presents

FICS presents

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM University Area CDC 14013 N. 22nd St., Rm. 161 (on stage)

12:00 PM University Area CDC 14013 N. 22nd St. Tampa, FL 33613

6:15 PM - 8:30 PM Town ‘n’ Country Regional Library 7606 Paula Dr. Tampa, FL 33615

February 28

March 1

We’ve Got Class! Dynamic Drums


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM University Area CDC 14013 N. 22nd St., Rm. 106 Tampa, FL 33613

BGC Brandon Prodigy presents

We’ve Got Class! Coexisting thru Art 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Bill Carey Brandon Boys & Girls Club 213 N. Knights Ave. Brandon, FL 33510

Learning Café The Art of Well Being 9:30 AM -

ONIC Prodigy presents

The Art of Discovery Time TBA Orlando, FL

Fri February 3

February 4

First Friday ArtReach Kickoff

The Art of Expression

Prodigy Moves presents

Thur February 9

BGC Brandon Prodigy presents

We’ve Got Class! Live Step Dance

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Freddie Solomon Boys & Girls Club 4805 E. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33610

EF Prodigy presents

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Harvest Hope Center 13704 N. 20th St. Tampa, FL 33612

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Plaza del Sol 3831 W. Vine St. Kissimmee, FL 34741

February 10

February 11

The Art of Imagination

The Art of Percussion*

BGC Lacoochee Prodigy presents

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd. Lacoochee, FL 33523

The Florida State Fair presents

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Florida State Fairgrounds 4802 N. U.S. Highway 301 Tampa, FL 33610 *Ticketed event; visit for more info

February 16

February 17

The Art of Discovery

The Art of Make Believe

Girls Inc. Prodigy presents


YMCA Prodigy presents

February 18

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Girls Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow 1220 W. Highland St. Lakeland, FL 33815

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Childs Park YMCA 691 43rd St. S St. Petersburg, FL 33711

February 23

February 24

February 25

The Art of Connection

The Art of Wonder

The Art of Hope Paint Party

Oasis Prodigy presents

Saint Leo Prodigy presents

Prodigy presents

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Oasis Community Church 3330 Winter Lake Rd. Lakeland, FL 33803

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Saint Leo University University Campus, MC2067 Saint Leo, FL 33574

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Hope Community Center 4401 N. 34th St. Tampa, FL 33610

March 2

March 3

March 4

The Art of Culture

The Art of Destiny

The Art of Storytelling

BGC Brandon Prodigy presents

5:45 PM - 7:30 PM Bill Carey Brandon Boys & Girls Club 213 N. Knights Ave. Brandon, FL 33510

Heartland Prodigy presents

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Eloise Ministry Center 108 1st Eloise St. Winter Haven, FL 33880

UACDC Tampa I Prodigy presents

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM University Area Community Theater 14013 N. 22nd St. Tampa, FL 33613

The Prodigy Cultural Arts Program presents

Sip a brew. Learn something new.

[February 22 | 10:00 am | Coffee brews 9:30 am] Hosted by DT Terry of WMNF’s The Urban Cafe Radio Show Featured segments

The Art of Advocacy Q & A | Bright not Broken: A Look at Special Needs Rhythm and Rhymes with Prodigy Moves University Area CDC | 14013 North 22nd Street | Tampa, FL 33613

Feb. 3, 2017 5 pm - 7 pm

Harvest Hope Center 13704 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33612


I Am Prodigy 2016 Music Festival

The Art in the Park exhibit at the I Am Prodigy Music Festival was a huge hit! See the highly acclaimed pieces again during Prodigy Month. Pictured left to right by row are banners created by the following groups: row 1- Saint Leo Prodigy, FICS Prodigy, the University Area CDC facilities team; row 2- Girls Inc. Prodigy, BGC Lacoochee Prodigy, Heartland Prodigy THA Prodigy; row 3- ONIC Prodigy, Oasis Prodigy, Hope Community Center Honorary Ambassadors, Saint Leo Prodigy (in honor of event host The Urban CafĂŠ radio show; row 4- EF Prodigy, UACDC Tampa I Prodigy, YMCA Prodigy.



Feb/Mar 2017 Road Stops In addition to making appearances at each showcase, Prodigy Moves will also be participating in the following events:

Friday, February 3 Prodigy Month First Friday Kickoff 4:30 pm A Prodigy Moves ArtReach event, kids and parents will have a ball launching Prodigy Month with music, games and refreshments. Harvest Hope Center 13704 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33612

Saturday, February 4 Smoke On The Water 10:00 am A day of fun, food and entertainment for all. Julio Bermudez will be representing ArtReach, offering break dance and entertainment. Citrus Center 2400 Havendale Blvd. Winter Haven, FL 33880

Saturday, February 11 Prodigy Fair DayThe Art of Percussion 1:00 pm Join Prodigy Moves as we help students discover their inner rhythm during the 2017 Florida State Fair.

Wednesday, February 22 The Learning Cafe 9:30 am Prodigy Moves brings a new twist to professional development trainings by integrating the arts into Prodigy’s monthly Site Manager Meeting.

ONGOING Mondays and Wednesdays through February 20

Breakdance & Capoeria Heartland Prodigy 4:00 pm Wednesdays through February 15

Contact Information: For Site Support WorkshopsPaulette Rolle Alesnik, Site Manager Email: Phone: 813.558.5212 ext. 321

For ArtReach WorkshopsRebecca Thomas Site Coordinator Email: Phone: 813-558-5212 ext. 319

Art And Nature Class EF Prodigy 2:30 pm Thursdays through February 16

African Dance Class YMCA Prodigy 4:30 pm

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& The purpose of the Prodigy program is to provide the instruction, tools and resources that will lead to transformed lives. Youth are encouraged to explore themes and ideas that develop a sense of self-worth, as well as appreciate the worth and value of others and the world in which they live. When youth have a better understanding of who they are and how they connect with their communities, they are better prepared to become productive and socially responsible adults. For more information, visit


About the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program


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Prodigy Monthly 2017 Showcase Edition  

This month we're celebrating the arts with all things Prodigy!

Prodigy Monthly 2017 Showcase Edition  

This month we're celebrating the arts with all things Prodigy!