Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is an organization dedicated to servicing underprivileged low-income youth and families throughout Indian River County. The geographic areas where a majority of our participants reside include the Gifford and Oslo areas, two of the lowest socioeconomic pockets of poverty within Indian River County, comprised of the highest number of at-risk children and youth. Our mission is to provide education, workforce development, mentorship services, and recreation to underprivileged children. The program was started by Mr. J. Ralph Lundy in the 1990’s who recognized a need to develop an after-school tutoring program for children who are unable to access comparable programs due to financial constraints. John May recognized there was a need for afterschool tutoring, mentoring, and a 101 electrical program. Mr. Lundy also realized there was a need for a summer program specifically for these same children because many of them were being left alone during the day without parental or other custodial care. The program was incorporated in 2004 and received it’s 501(c)3 designation in 2006. For the past few years, the organization has found itself anchored to Oslo Middle School with enthusiastic support from Principal Hofer and her staff. We service approximately 100+ students throughout the year and our program has been successful in guiding the children and youth in their academic endeavors. For the school year 2017-2018, more than 55% of our tutored students showed learning gains in reading.
A majority of the families we assist are not able to afford the summer educational programming, tutoring, and after school/summer custodial care for their children. Our programs provide qualified and capable individuals to tutor, mentor, and teach, which is vital to the success of our children. Our targeted programs assist in filling a void of services for underserved and disenfranchised individuals, specifically:
Building Parental Capacity
Our P.I.E. (Parents Improving Education) Tutoring Program is designed to build positive parenting practices in the target areas we serve. Currently these are individual tutoring sessions as needed by parents. This tutoring is designed to improve parents' skills in math, reading, and technology. We are beginning a collaboration with Literacy Services who will assist us with their Adult Tutoring program skills.
After school and summer enrichment programs go beyond academic tutoring. Our new "Boys Will be Boys - Striving for Success": is based on our Respect, Responsibility, Rules (RRR) initiative. In addition, it covers appropriate dress, good health, hygiene and financial responsibility.
Another new program is "Girls Will be Girls - Seeking a Pathway to Fulfillment" which also addresses our RRR initiative, covers specific girls' issues related to self-esteem, respect for oneself, and looking for approval and "love" in all the wrong places.
The 2024 Summer Program will be offering special Middle-School-level learning opportunities, such as Art, Physics & Technology, Microscope uses in Biology and/or Electronics.
We offer more than just a set of activities; we deliver high energy and interactive experiences.
Board of Directors
- Marc Richard, Chairman
- The Rev. Michael Goldberg, Vice Chairman
- Maria Zambigadis, Treasurer
- Janis Jackson Miller, Secretary
- Craig Schlitt, Director (Leave of Absence)
- DaJuane Harris, Director
- Cassie Schlitt, Director