After School Program

Research shows that out-of-school time programs like M.A.S.T.R. Kids have a positive effect on reading and math achievement!

Department of Education funded Research examining the effect of participation in after school programs found: (“What does Research Say about After School?” After School Alliance November, 2017)

  • “after school programs had positive and significant effects among students at risk of failure in reading or math.”

  • “Researchers found positive results on reading achievement, particularly in lower elementary grade levels and in high school; and positive and significant effects on math achievement, particularly for middle and high school students.”

  • “the more consistent students’ participation in after school is, the greater the noted achievement gains.”

At SPPF, we strive to address the needs of the whole child, creating extended partnerships within the family and community.

High quality academic enrichment programs are always striving to: meet children where they are
provide interventional instruction that works and
continuously improve.

At MASTR Kids we put the students learning needs first. Passionate educators provide the tools and support to help students remove barriers to learning. Most
importantly, we are constantly engaging students,
staff, parents and others in our learning community to
reflect and understand our opportunities to improve.

In addition to the core academics, we will continue to utilize one class to reinforce skills by engaging in
STEM, Art, and/or movement. We will also have many community visitors share skills and stories with us throughout the year.

Qualifying students spend one-on-one time with an
experienced Reading Specialist and volunteers to focus on developing core skills needed.

Our M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program uses different art forms
to reinforce literacy and math skills. As an example, sculpture is a wonderful way to hone fine motor skills and think about how the piece will communicate what you see or feel. Wonderful way to connect language
and the arts.

After School FAQ’s

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church – 3300 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

John Hopkins Middle School – 701 16th St S, Building 7 St. Petersburg, FL 33705

We serve students Kindergarten-8th grade with a focus on struggling readers living in South St. Petersburg.

We currently offer pick-up services from more than 20 public and private elementary and middle schools in South St. Petersburg. Routes are updated each year and availability is on a first come first serve basis based on capacity. Parents are responsible for picking their children up from the site.

  • Arrival Break – 3:45pm to 4:00pm with Snack
  • Enrichment Class #1 – 4:00pm to 4:50pm
  • Enrichment Class #2 – 4:55pm to 5:50pm
  • Prepare to Depart –5:50 –6:00pm
  • Arrival Break – 4:30pm to 4:40pm with Snack
  • Enrichment Class #1 – 4:40pm to 5:10pm
  • Enrichment Class #2 – 5:10pm to 5:50pm
  • Prepare to Depart –5:50pm –6:00p
Your child must be 5 years old as of the first day they begin the program. We have programs for students who will enter Kindergarten in August through those in 10th grade.

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Ways You Can Help


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Become a Partner

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

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Pam Williams

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Pam ensures the organization’s financial, data, fundraising, and HR infrastructure is strong today and ready for scale that multiplies impact in the years ahead. Pam’s 30+ years of nonprofit experience started with the turnaround of an organization in financial crisis, leading to the launch of a consultancy providing training, transition, and turnaround services to nonprofits and associations in the US and East Africa. In 2016, Pam became COO/CFO for the first women’s college in Rwanda, leading an international team across 3 continents and overseeing administration, finance and operations as the business grew from 50 students to over 400. Pam’s work consistently reflects a commitment to equity.

Darren Hammond

Site Operations Leader

Darren Hammond is currently serving as the Site Operations Leader for the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. He also holds a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, National Louis University, and an Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S) in Administration & Supervision, Nova Southeastern University. Darren spent 37 years with Pinellas County Schools transforming students to reach their ultimate learning potential using proven classroom strategies developed during his tenure in education. While working with Pinellas County Schools, he served as Teacher, Guidance counselor, Assistant Principal and as a Principal. Darren is a passionate educator who openly shares his love of learning with teachers, parents, and other educators! He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Keisha Snead

Academic Leader

B.S. in Elementary Education,Cum Laude, FAMU 1996

I have served 24 years within the Elementary school setting in various instructional roles.  I have also served as the Mentor Coordinator for new and returning teachers. 

I have led professional development for faculty at several schools within Pinellas County.  I have coached colleagues in the understanding and delivery of the standards of reading and writing.  My love for learning is what drives my passion for teaching.  When I look into the eyes of a scholar who needs me, that is where I find my passion!