Miami Heat Academy Improves Student Performance

Active as an executive in the healthcare industry for a decade, Jill Marten currently serves as corporate director, Human Resources, at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami. Jill Marten coordinates HR programs across all Baptist Health locations. In her spare time, Marten enjoys professional sports and is a particular supporter of the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat sponsors several programs for the public good. One of these efforts is the Heat Academy, intended to improve the performance of some 300 at-risk third- through fifth-graders from income-challenged families. Funds for the academy come not only from the Heat but also from the Carnival Foundation, C1 Bank, and Florida Blue. This support provides school supplies and snacks to the students as well as teachers’ pay

The academy convenes after school for tutoring in math, science, reading, and writing in an effort to help students do well in standardized testing. Although most participants formerly scored in the bottom 25 percent of academic measures, the program has enabled many of them to outdo their classmates in all three grades. In addition, academy students show improved attendance.