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. These 90 minute classes, held in the evenings, are designed to improve parents’ skills in math, reading, and technology. The six-week program includes incentives for completion with a certificate and gift card on completion.
We offer after school and summer enrichment programs along with middle and high school programs that address risky behavior
Our R.R.R. Mentor Program (Respect, Responsibilities, Rules) is a weekend mentoring program targeting two separate age groups: 6-12 year old, and 13-17 year old students. The R.R.R. program will run each Saturday from 8am to 12 noon, and a new class will start every nine weeks. This multi activity program is divided by age group with the younger ages focused on promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health outcomes while keeping them engaged positively in school. The older group’s R.R.R. program is designed to develop law-abiding, productive, healthy citizens while minimizing at-risk behavior in this impressionable age group subject to significant peer pressure.
We offer more than just a set of activities; we deliver high energy and interactive experiences.
Board of Directors
- John May, Chairman
- Marc Richard, Co-Chair
- Janis Miller, Secretary
- Teresa La Soto, Treasurer
- Michael Goldberg, Board Member
- Cassie Schlitt, Board Member
- Bernadine Brown, Board Member
- Maria Zambigadis, Board Member
- Patricia Geyer-Patton, Board Member