Milagro Center was founded in 1997 by several local visionary leaders motivated by the desire for community service centered on providing arts experiences to the economically-challenged neighborhood children. Milagro, which means “miracle” in Spanish, motivates children and youth to “reach for the stars” while being confronted by the many adverse influences they face in the community. Milagro Center’s uniquely integrated programs have grown over the decades to focus on empowering these at-risk youth and their families to succeed, both in school and in life, having a resounding positive influence on our local Delray Beach community.
Milagro Center carries out its mission by providing afterschool, summer camp, out-of-school time, and ARTreach programs to underserved and academically-at risk children, youth, and teens in grades K-12 living in south Palm Beach County, Florida. Its STARS (grades K-5), Junior Teen Leadership (grades 6-8) and Teen Leadership (grades 6-12) programs center around four inter-related diverse and socially inclusive program components:
- Academic instruction, tutoring, and reading intervention;
- Cultural Arts enrichment (including art, musical instrument instruction, dance, digital technology, dramatic arts, voice);
- The United Nations-endorsed Living Values Education curriculum;
This unique, innovative, and effective model allows Milagro’s children and teens to develop new skills, build self-esteem, and thrive socially and academically. Milagro Center truly changes the course of these deserving children’s lives from repeating the recurring cycle of poverty to becoming self-sufficient and productive members of our community. Additionally, The BLUEPRINT Gallery, a professional art gallery housed at Milagro Center, provides ARTreach programs to over 450 children, teens and adults each year. The BLUEPRINT Gallery hosts numerous exhibits a year showcasing the many talents of artists in south Florida. A variety of programming is offered and can be designed based on an organization’s needs.