Youth Development Programs

Our Education Mission

Beaches Habitat goes beyond its home building mission to provide educational opportunities to help homeowners and children build brighter futures for themselves. Our programs foster early learning experiences, support academic achievement, promote completion of high school and help prepare students for college or vocational training.

Prep Club

High school student

A high school student from the Beaches Prep Club program is receiving information about the Florida State College of Jacksonville

Prep Club recognizes and rewards students for their academic accomplishments. Students receive cash rewards for A’s and B’s in academic subjects and for perfect attendance each quarter. Prep Club members are also required to complete 10 hours of community service each school year. Prep Club parties are held at the end of each quarter to celebrate everyone’s hard work. Currently, there are 164 students enrolled in Prep Club. Prep Club, another great idea conceived by Herb Scheidel in 2000, motivates and encourages students to stay in school and eventually attend college. The Prep Club is funded by the Scheidel Family Foundation.

After School Learning

Students participate in the After School Program with a tutor.


Beaches Habitat partners with the City of Atlantic Beach to provide after school programs designed to help students with homework and offer programs in reading fluency, reading comprehension, math groups and book clubs. The after-school program runs Monday through Thursday and is supported by The Jim Moran Foundation, the Jaguar Foundation and other community sponsors.

Grit Program

The GRIT Program (Gifted Resilient Innovative Teens) is an after school youth development program which mainly focuses on students who are in grades 6-12. The program’s objective is to educate the youth on personal development, physical fitness, academics, and  ways to be a public servant. (Education Center Staff partnered with youth to form core subjects to be part of the curriculum)

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children is an in-school mentoring program for 7th through 9th graders under the Florida State College of Jacksonville. Students meet weekly with their volunteer mentor to encourage, guide and/or tutor the student and to support them in their journey to prepare for post-secondary education.


Congressional Award Program

Congressional Award ProgramThe Congressional Award Program is an opportunity for young Americans ages 14-24 to be recognized for their achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and an overnight expedition experience.