Student ACES was founded in 2013 and will serve over 12,500 student athletes by the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Student ACES Miami Dade was launched in the summer of 2017 and have impacted over 2,000 high school student athletes. Most recently, ACE launched programs in Broward County.


The Student ACES Yearlong Program: This program is provided to students from public and private high schools and consists of six classes and a community project. Students are nominated by their high schools or peers for exemplifying leadership traits in athletics, education and in their community. Students are excused from school and work together with students from different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures to discuss values-based leadership. A network of young men and women of character and integrity is created and life-lasting friendships are formed! 

Captains’ Summit: This one-day seminar is designed specifically for high school athletic captains to learn leadership skills, techniques and life lessons that will enable them to lead each of their teams on and off the field. Participating student athletes have firsthand experience to hear and engage with world-class experts and leaders in their respective professions while connecting with captains from other schools. The student athletes engage in interactive drills designed to incorporate communication, respect, sportsmanship, trust, sacrifice and ethical behavior. The captains also engage in team discussions on challenges facing today’s young leaders including dealing with peer pressure, difficult personalities, drugs/alcohol abuse, cultural barriers, family problems and similar issues.

Focus Groups: Developed for Glades Central and Pahokee High Schools, 25 students from Glades Central and Pahokee High School meet with Dajuan Morgan, Student ACES Director, each week on their campus during 7th period and discuss how to positively impact their peers and community.

Student ACES Daily Class: Daily 52 minute class developed by Student ACES to teach a values based curriculum. Students will use materials developed by Student ACES. There is a plan to duplicate this course with other high schools for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Mental Health First Aid: ACE Executive Director, Krissy Webb, is certified to teach mental health first aid to 30 student athletes 18+ at one time from the different County High Schools. This program is evidence-based and will bring an exciting and socially relevant new skill to student athletes across Southeast Florida.







Population Served: High School junior and senior athletes are nominated by peers and school administrators. Classes are equally male and female.  All accepted students demonstrate leadership traits in athletics, education and their community. Services are also provided to athletes ageing out of the program in order to provide concrete support in times of need as they navigate college, trade school, military and collegiate sports which can lead to national and professional prospects. In many ways, these graduated athletes serve as peer mentors and beacons of hope for other students.

Outcomes: Students who participate in the program improve in all aspects of their lives.  Preliminary data is showing increases in grades, nutrition, health, post high school advancement, securing funding for higher education, employment, entrepreneurial endeavors, improved mental health, and higher rates of resilience and hope. Anecdotally, Student ACES has documented improvements in intra-school district sportsmanship, collaboration, social connection, and support.  This is especially promising as students grow and experience opportunities outside of their team or school, which normally would be a stressor and be experienced as extremely uncomfortable.  Students in the program are building comfort, familiarity, and friendship serving as a network as they experience college, employment, or education outside of their immediate neighborhood.  The students are indicating a sense of belonging and identity rooted in pro-social emotional character principles. As a result of the competencies and experiential learning components in the curriculum, students have a stronger belief in their abilities (self-efficacy) and are empowered to break community, family, and individual cycles of adversity.