Social skills development can be challenging for an only child. Dylan has experienced great difficulty. His parents enrolled him at Sweet Vine in 2014. Interaction with peers after school and engaging various activities has positively changed how he intermingles. Now, Dylan enjoys building objects and teamwork assignments.
Quite as a mouse, Jazz rarely spoke a word until she arrived at Sweet Vine. Her social skills were not common amongst an average 5-year-old. At Sweet Vine, we learned what she likes by exposing her to Environmental Sciences. Today, Jazz talks with peers and loves being outdoors.
Justice ( 2014- 2015)
Silver Knight (English-Literature), Miami Heat Scholarship, Nautilus Scholarship, and now member of the elite W.E.B. DuBois National Honor Society, Justice continues to assist Sweet Vine children academically during summer time. She is in the top 10% of her class at a major Florida university.
Vanisa ( 2014)
Vanisa has been a Sweet Vine member for 5 years. She struggles with communicating with people and was not very responsive in the beginning. However, we saw a major improvement in her communicative skills, especially in the summer. She began to acknowledge people when they spoke to her and became more comfortable around her peers. Vanisa made some great summer friends.
Emily is a student who is excited to learn new things. She also likes to challenge herself. Sweet Vine Freedom School witnessed her courage to read in front of others. Over time, we began to see tremendous improvement in fluency and how she could sound out words. Emily’s reading became much more efficient and vocabulary increased.
As a recent immigrant from Haiti. Jevanny has shown remarkable progress in his English speaking skills. Within a few of months, Jevanny became proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English. As an after school participant, Jevanny continues to show academic success.
Melinda & Melissa (2014)
Melinda & Melissa started Sweet Vine as Pre-K students. Their English speaking skills were very weak. After two years engaging in activities designed by Sweet Vine, such as Call me on Your Cell Phone, Playdough Alphabets and Reading Circle, these twins Oral Reading Fluency Scores improved tremendously.
Omar came to Sweet Vine’s Freedom School program in the summer not knowing how to read. Our Servant Leader Intern began working with him using flash cards. One on one help, readings books every day, Omar has showed great significant gains. As a 1st grader, Omar can now form sentences independently. His desire to figure out how to spell words and read words on his own is an incredible accomplishment.
World Diabetes Day (2014)
The University of Florida 4H created a photo contest to spread diabetes awareness about Diabetes. Sweet Vine decided took part in this opportunity to spread awareness in Homestead/Florida City communities. The symbol for diabetes awareness is a blue circle. Sweet Vine kids put blue handprints in a giant circle and their theme was “Spreading Awareness with Helping Hands.”
Mirranda has greatly improved her confidence by becoming an independent learner. Once upon a time, she required one on one help with homework, special projects and testing. Now, she takes on the initiative to try harder and complete homework on her own. Sweet Vine challenged her. Miranda’s critical thinking skills and problem solving skills have been enhanced.
Lysaida is a student who struggles with reading. When our America Reads Tutor began working with her, Lysaida even struggled with recognizing alphabets and alphabet sound. However, after working spending countless hours after school, Lysaida knows her letter on site and can sound them out with comfort.
Morelia was not able to read, identify alphabets and/or numbers. Thanks to our America Reads Tutor, she drafted a plan by starting from scratch and helped Morelia master phonetics, now she’s reading words.
Janiele is a smart girl who mastered sight words by sounding the words out. After working with the America Reads Tutor, she has reached a new platform. Instead of just reading words, Janiele comprehends what she is reading.
Like many of the children who start Sweet Vine, Bryan struggled with alphabets and reading scores were very low. His determination to learn, Bryan has come a long way. He now knows his alphabets and capable of sounding out most of his sight words out. He is on his way to achieving a reading level appropriate for his age.
Sweet Vine Youth Facilitator worked with Rodrigo during our Innovative Summer Camp. It was discovered that he had difficulty focusing and reading. Summer time allows Sweet Vin to zone-in on academic areas of weakness. Rodrigo was able to improve his reading based on post test scores.
Rogelio has been retained twice and has a poor cognitive structure. Sweet Vine provided one-on-one services working with him on phonetics and 2-3 letter word recognition. He was also placed with peers to develop his social skills. Rogelio’s reading skills has greatly improved.
During Sweet Vine Freedom School, Jose resisted participating in activities to enrich his understanding about other cultures. He’d often put himself down saying that he could not do it. Summer 2014, Jose had a much different attitude. He was willing to do activities and discovered that he enjoyed writing short stories with his peers about other cultures around the world.