The Barnyard is an inspiring place! I am always intrigued by the positive energy I witness when I stop by to visit the Barnyard. The kids are engaged and the counselors are always smiling and focused on their interactions with the children. There are always so many projects on display in that unique barn-like space, it is such a special place. I am impressed with the director Sylvia Jordan and her assistant Arlice Sims. They are so sincerely dedicated to the growth and development of this West Grove community. Keep up the great work Barnyard staff!
Whenever I am in Miami I make sure to visit the Barnyard, an After school program under the auspices of Coconut Grove Cares Inc. This amazing program offers the children that attend a safe and stimulating environment to do homework as well as stretch their learning. As soon as you enter the building you can sense that good things are going on. It seems that the adults that work there are caring. The Barnyard is well run, and a wonderful model of a program that works for the community it serves.
I have seen the incredible work Coconut Grove Cares does first-hand. The impact they have made on the community since 1983 is immeasurable. Students are treated as individuals, and they are provided with the resources and support that they need to be successful socially, academically, and in their personal lives. Families receive support that they would not otherwise receive. The Barnyard Community Center is an uplifting and unifying force for the community.
An amazing program. They help children in the Grove by offering after school care. There are programs in arts,music,history,reading and much more. It has been in the Grove 38 years. Thank you Sylvia Jordan and staff that make it all happen
This amazing program really helps families in Coconut Grove. The staff is amazing and cares so much about the kids. This program is invaluable for the community.
This is a non-profit that is going above and beyond to help the local community. Kudos for all they do! I am a coach of a tennis team in Broward County and my student-athletes have gone to the Barnyard to help the kids learn how to play. The result? Maybe they are not pro-tennis material but there was a bond that affected my student-athletes for life. Hopefully, the barnyard kids enjoyed it too. With any luck, they now know that giving back is essential in our society. I am grateful for the chance to have my students learn so much from such a great organization!
This is a very special place were the staff provides an amazing environment for the children to play, get help with their homework, learn how to resolve conflicts peaceably, get to explore their artistic talents, feel safe; all while being fed nutritious snacks to fuel all this fun and learning. It is an oasis in the midst of the West Grove.
The Barnyard provides a safe and fun educational space for all children in the West Coconut Grove community.
They have incredible programs that are helping disadvantaged kids. They make a real impact in the community.
Coconut Grove Cares/The Barnyard has been in existence for more than 60 years. And rightly so. The after-school program for at-risk kids in the West Grove , Miami offers these kids unbelievable nurturing and encouragement. Instead of having no place to go and nowhere to do their homework, they come to the Barnyard where help is offered, a good snack provided and lots of hugs. Not to mention help in math, reading, history and science.
A friend brought me to the Barnyard many years ago. I started as a volunteer and subsequently became a board member. I fell in love with these kids, not very hard to do. While they have artists working with them on art projects, and musicians teaching violin, viola and drums, dancers, they also have playtime, after homework, in team sports, and running. They go on field trips all over Miami. I have been leading creative writing workshops. Over the years, I have seen kids write stories, fantasies, poems, songs and even a play. I have watched these kids grow up and go on to high school and college.
The executive director and her team do an amazing job. The director has seen not just these kids but their older siblings, parents and some grandparents come through the Barnyard over the years.
I have been volunteering at the Barnyard for four years and I can honestly say there is no place I love to volunteer more at than the Barnyard. It creates a safe and welcoming environment for children, allowing them to express themselves through programs focusing on education, arts and culture, science exploration, literacy, and fitness. My time there has been filled with beautiful experiences and it has given me the opportunity to see the children develop into wonderful individuals who are ready to take the world by storm!
Coconut Grove Cares, Inc. has a wonderful After School and Summer Camp program, The Barnyard, that has helped countless children learn and play while improving the community it resides in, Village West Coconut Grove. They provide strong academic reinforcement programs that develop their Math and Reading levels along with a wide variety of activities such as music classes, drama, dance, and drum circle. A child's knowledge here is not only increased but broadened to inspire their every dream.