WHO WE ARE

Club Esteem is a community focused non-profit that believes every child deserved the opportunity to dream of and create a life beyond their current circumstances.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to inspire children in under-resourced communities to achieve academic and personal excellence through tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment programs. Together, with families, volunteers, and community partners, we are creating equity through education.

OUR VISION

Inspiring kids in our community to embrace and excel in education by providing individualized tutoring and mentorship, guiding them to becoming compassionate, college and career-ready leaders. 

OUR VALUES

Community Matters
We are actively engaged in our local area. Many boys and girls join Club Esteem through referrals from current students. We are more than an after-school program: we are part of the fabric of our community. 

Family Commitment
Achieving excellence isn’t just the task of our students, we also set expectations and require commitments from their families as well! We believe success is better together. 

Excellence through Equity
Through access to diverse community leaders and programming, we believe students should dream beyond their current circumstances and have access to explore many interests.  

A Safe Space
Students succeed where they feel safe. We provide a caring, structured environment where students feel comfortable connecting with leaders and each other. 

Place of Pride
Club Esteem Alumni wear their involvement with our program with pride. We aim to be a place graduates come back to connect, share, and support.

OUR STAFF

Ellena Little

Executive Director
ellenalittle@clubesteem.org

Martha Fay

Adminstrative Assistant
marthafay@clubesteem.org

Sherri Moody

Program Leader/Instructor

Robert Green

Grant Writer
funddevelopment@clubesteem.org

akili phillips

Business Development Director
businessdevelopment@clubesteem.org

Lee Bartell

South Melbourne Expansion Sites Manager & Program Leader

Heather Walcott

Program Leader/Instructor

Ariel Garcia – “Mr. A”

Program Leader/Instructor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Kim Deffebach, PhD

President
Licensed Psychologist

Ryan Maultsby

Secretary
Specialty Sales Representative, Janssen Inc.

 

Edward R. Davis III

Treasurer
Retired Vice President & Treasurer, Tupperware Brands Corporation

BOARD MEMBERS

Patrick Culhane

Vice President, Financial Consultant, Private Wealth Management, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

 

Mitch Evander

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, L3Harris Corporation

 

Don McGee

Vice President,
McGee-Maust-Welch Wealth Advisors, Merrill Lynch

 

Ryan BAILEY

Product Manager, Alertgy 

 Kate Sims

Healthcare Consultant,
Regional Director, Press Ganey

 

Katherine Stewart

Consultant, Stewart Consulting

 

David Stills

Chief Information Officer

 

 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BOARD

Valeta Cameron, Esq

Attorney, Brevard Legal Aid

Tiffany Trudeau, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

 

OUR HISTORY

Club Esteem was founded in 1991 by Ms. Gladys Williams (pictured above), a grandmother who was alarmed by the challenges facing young people in her South Melbourne neighborhood near Lipscomb Park Community Center. Ms. Williams recognized the difficulty of youth making positive choices while living in a community struggling with crime, drug use, unemployment, teen pregnancy, and elevated school dropout rates. While many may have given up hope, Ms. Williams, her close friend Ms. Dorothy “Dot” Linson, and others believed that the efforts of a few could change the direction of the youth in and around their community. In the spring of 1991, they began a “club” for children guided by Ms. Williams belief that “all youth can achieve success with a solid educational foundation and caring adult relationships.” The youth chose the name “Club Esteem” and defined their goals as staying in school, making good grades, and making positive life choices. From 1991 to 2003 Club Esteem met one night per week at Lipscomb Street Community Center.

In 2002, the Junior League of South Brevard, City of Melbourne, and M.H. Williams Construction joined together to build the Club Esteem Youth and Family Center, a new 4000 sf facility adjacent to the Lipscomb Park Community Center at 3316 Monroe Street in Melbourne, Florida. In 2004, the Club Esteem Youth and Family Center opened and began offering programs and services five days per week including tutoring, mentoring, character education, cultural arts, and more.

From 2004 to the present, Club Esteem’s programs have continued to expand. Club Esteem’s after-school and summer programs currently serve 175+ economically disadvantaged youth and their families five days per week at the Club Esteem Youth and Family Center and at several satellite locations.

Club Esteem will celebrate 30 years of changing the lives of economically disadvantaged youth in 2021!

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

United Way

As a United Way Partner Agency, Club Esteem is eligible to receive designated gifts via payroll deduction to the United Way of Brevard or any other United Way in the US.  Please contact your employer to designate your payroll deduction donation to benefit Club Esteem.

Community Foundation of Brevard

Create a legacy and change the lives of economically disadvantaged youth by including a gift to Club Esteem in your trust and estate plans. Gifts of cash, annuities, property, stocks, and other assets may be made directly to Club Esteem or may be made to the Club Esteem Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Brevard. For more information, please contact Theresa Grimison, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Brevard at
theresaG@cfbrevard.org or (321) 752-5505.

National Society of Black Engineers

Club Esteem is proud to have established the first National Society of Black Engineers Junior Chapter Site in the US. Club Esteem’s NSBE Pre-College Initiative program helps students develop teamwork, leadership, and academic skills; educates and exposes students to STEM fields and experiences; and encourages students to attend college and pursue STEM degrees.

Department of Children
and Families Access Assistance

Club Esteem is a Department of Children and Families Access Assistance Partner Site and provides assistance to families applying for SNAP, Medicaid, cash assistance, and social security benefits.

Eastern Florida State College

Club Esteem partners with the Eastern Florida State College Service Learning program to provide business leadership opportunities to students wishing to earn college credits.

Florida Division of Vocational
Rehab Worksite and Career Source Brevard Work Based Training Site

Club Esteem serves as a Florida Division of Vocational Rehab Worksite and Career Source Brevard Work Based Training Site by providing on the job training opportunities to community members desiring to enter the workforce.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Club Esteem partners with the Kid’s Cafe Program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to ensure that economically disadvantaged children receive healthy after-school meals.

United States Department of Agriculture Federal Child Care Food Program

Club Esteem partners with the United States Department of Agriculture Federal Child Care Food Program to ensure that economically school aged children from economically disadvantaged families receive healthy meals during the summer.