Why Expand?

Now in year seven, the Center has experienced tremendous growth, doubling the number of students served since its inception. The neighboring community has also experienced progress but continues to face challenges as Little Havana remains one of the main entry points for immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. With 92% of Little Havana’s population being Hispanic and 55% reporting speaking little to no English, homework assistance and other forms of supplemental education becomes critical to help students enter the next phase of learning when parents unfortunately cannot. Due to the Center’s limited capacity, families currently wait more than one (1) to two (2) years to enter the Center and access support due to limited capacity.

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”

— Vince Lombardi

Join Our Efforts

As investors in the future leaders the community deserves, The Leadership Learning Center Capital Campaign is a collective effort to usher in the next level of program expansion. The Center does not charge families for its services but rather it relies solely on the generosity of donors and grants. Please join us as we continue to strengthen and grow the support services and educational offerings needed to meet the needs of our student leaders and growing community.

Impact of Your Contribution

Construction has begun with the help of a generous lead gift from Drs. Jose and Ada Armas as well as the support from individuals and organizations that have made the groundbreaking possible. With continued backing, we can strengthen the foundation and make an impact as follows:

  • Increase the average number of students served by 30%.
  • Build a new two story building, totaling approximately 1,900 square feet, that includes five new spacious SMART activity
  • rooms and office space with the tools needed to learn.
  • Positioned adjacent to the existing building, the Leadership Learning Center as a whole will now combine approximately 4,140 square foot of total learning space.
  • Allow for the conversion of three classrooms in the existing building to serve as a full-time computer lab, creative arts room, and a custom workspace for high school students.
  • Larger classrooms in the new building will be used to host parent workshops during morning hours.

Number of students served and growth opportunities


Exterior / East Elevation and West Elevation

Interior / Ground Floor and Second Floor

Recreational Basketball Court:

Court Rendering - 35 x 65 Multisport

For naming opportunities, gift amounts, to schedule a tour, and/or for further information
please call us at (305) 649-4730 or email us at info@sjbmiami.org