The Quality Life Center of SW Florida is unlike any other youth organization that I've encountered. I am a Social Worker who has served children & families for over 12 years & I've been able to observe programs fails while others succeed. There are several well respected organizations in Southwest Florida that lead & inspire youth however, in my humble opinion, the Quality Life Center has a distinguished mark of effort & excellence.
The 'Q' is best known for it's ability interrupt heartbreaking cycle of poverty by providing support to help meet the needs of underlying issues within the Dunbar community. The 'Q' emphasizes self- sufficiency, self control & self acceptance through various arts & educational programs. The 'Q' uses programs such as martial arts to boost confidence, discipline & responsibility while simultaneously providing a safe space for children to define, interpret, & express their emotions without fear. The meditation program is something that has worked to help ease the stress of what children are facing today. I truly believe that many things can be better approached form a place of relaxation. The Quality Life Center has produced productive, civil & well rounded youth & I am proud that this organization exists here in our community.
Quality Life Center (also known as "The Q") is an amazing agency that has a huge impact on the Southwest Florida community. The Q has helped provide academic and social support to hundreds of children and young adults. I first began working with the Quality Life Center in a service-learning partnership through Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). The Quality Life Center has taught my students and I valuable lessons in problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, and compassion. The Quality Life Center provides a safe space for the youth and young adults of the community while also serving as an educational outlet for the students of local colleges and universities. The brilliant partnership has not gone unnoticed. In fact, FGCU and The Q have won multiple awards through Florida Campus Compact for the incredible work that they have done together.
If you are looking for a life-changing experience, consider volunteering with or donating to the Quality Life Center.
For the past 3 years, I have been a volunteer at The Q. I began this journey as a representative of Health Lee. As my involvement increased, I quickly realized the importance of mentoring. These young men and women are afforded opportunities which help to shape their character as they grow intellectually, physically and gain a capacity for their community. The Quality Life Center provides a platform for young people grow and I am elated to be a part of that process.
I became involved with the Quality Life Center after my niece began participating in their after school and summer camp program. The "Q" as it is affectionately known, are in an under-served area of SW Florida and located in the heart of a community where unemployment and poverty is higher than the national average. The success stories than I have witnessed coming out of this community facility won my heart over and they will forever have my support!
over several years, from time to time I pick my niece up from the after school program. The more time I spent in the facility or one of the many workshops for the kids the more familiar I became with the overall services they provide for the children and teens. They not only provide after school care, they care! The children receive homework help, tutoring, dance classes, martial arts, meditation and a hot meal. There are just a few services that drew me in. It is also the people, the staff, and the volunteers who go above and beyond to encourage, uplift and minister to our future hope, those children!
Many of the young ladies who have participated in the dance program both after school and summer camp have also had the opportunity to perform in the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker that performs every year at the Barbara B. Mann Arts facility. As part of that participation they would also enjoy going to an actual musical. The exposure that they receive to the arts, STEM, educational projects all help students to reach their potential and also helps to build their self esteem and life problem solving skills.
I have watched my niece master dance number after dance number, sometimes having to remember numerous dance routines without skipping a beat, all while maintaining an A+ average. And not just my niece, I have watched children start the summer program who have never so much as seen a "musical," blossom on stage with the seasoned vets and the end of summer musical. I have watched young men step up and guide the younger men through summer rehearsals and afternoon tutoring sessions. It really does take a village!!!
I have volunteered in our school district for over 20 years and I have never seen anything close to or as remarkable a place than The Quality Life Center that puts mutual respect, education, esteem and self-worth first! The Quality Life Center has literally transformed lives and that transforms the community!
Andrea M. Muex-Gray
I came upon this phenomenal organization when I started my freshman year at FGCU. What started as a first year volunteer day turned into an experience that I didn't even realize I would be continuing throughout my four years of college. I have personally watched this organization grow from having an immense amount of students and still having a waiting list to now seeing them about to complete the ground breaking for their new expansion that will hold even more students.
This organization is the heart of the Dunbar community. The community has given to this organization just as this organization has given to the community. It has helped families like single parents with multiple children not have to worry about if their child is going to have dinner at night or if they will struggle with their homework. The Quality of Life Center ensures all children have a meal before they go home, and they even have the children eat dinner together so they can talk about their day and understand the true meaning of family. After class, I look forward to going to the Quality of Life Center even if all of my friends that I've made there continue to beat me in playing cards. The personality of the kids who attend is just so exuberant. They are all so diverse, and so different and the Quality of Life Center is a place that helps them embrace their true inner self.
The Quality of Life Center provides tutoring, and resources for students like community involvement opportunities, and topics for discussion like sex education and how the youth can become better global citizens. The Quality of Life center offers children offers recreational art activities like dance, meditation, and musical opportunities. The Quality of Life Center is more than an organization, it is an investment. It invests in the future of youth by allow them to experience college tours, and cultural experience tours to explore the possibilities of the world around them. The fruit of this organization radiates into the surrounding community and gives them hope to continue even in hard times. The foundation of the Quality of Life Center was built on making a difference in the world and bringing change to those around them.