Our Mission

Club Esteem’s mission is to inspire youth from economically disadvantaged communities to embrace the highest standards of academic and personal excellence—instilling in each child a desire to learn, to serve, and to accept challenges. 



Our goal is to create opportunities that help children and teens break free from the cycle of poverty and develop into healthy, productive and vision-driven adults. We believe that all children deserve equal opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of the economic circumstances. Club Esteem is committed to helping children and their families obtain real lasting success and create meaningful change in their community.


Club Esteem is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization offering free after-school and summer programs Monday through Friday from 2:30-6:30 PM to economically disadvantaged children in grades 1 st through 12 th living in Melbourne and Palm Bay who are or may become at­ risk of school failure due to socio­economic factors, family history, and lack of educational support and resources.   We provide children and teens with the tools, resources and support needed to achieve academic and personal excellence.  

Our programs are designed to:

  • improve students' academic achievement
  • Improve students' behavioral and social functioning
  • Increase readiness for post-high school education, training and employment


Club Esteem provides a safe, caring and structured environment for children and teens to learn, grow and reach their full potential. Our services include: college readiness, career exploration, STEM learning, character education, performing arts, homework assistance, tutoring, daily nutritious meals, parenting workshops and more.  Additionally, our students participate in meaningful community service learning projects, educational field trips and college tours.



Community Impact

Club Esteem is strategically situated between two government housing facilities in the Lipscomb Park area of South Melbourne. The census block near our location boasts a median family income of $19,000 and unemployment rate of 23%.

Club Esteem served over 190 children in our regular, expansion and summer programs. Most of our students live below the poverty level. In fact, 97% of our students are from low income homes, 98% are minorities, and 81% are from single-parent households. Sadly, several come from broken and abused homes. In spite of statistical odds for children in these demographic categories, Club Esteem has maintained a culture of pride and excellence that puts children on the path to academic and personal success. See their remarkable results below:

  • Club Esteem boasts a 100% high school graduation rate (compared to the State of Florida average graduation rate of 60% for low income students).
  • In the past nine years, Club Esteem has had 82 graduating seniors, 72 matriculating into college, 3 chose post high school employment, and 7 are serving in the US Military.
  • Club Esteem's alumni are attending outstanding academic institutions such as the University of Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, University of South Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Clark University, Howard University and Eastern Florida State College.
  • Our students received a plethora of scholarships including the Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Scholarship Award and the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - this award covers tuition, room, and board throughout Masters or Doctorate programs)

Future Professionals of Club Esteem

CE Alumna, Daisha Washington




Club Esteem's Leaders


Club Esteem's Leaders

  • Executive Director
    • Ellena Little
  • Fund Development Director
    • Robert Green
  • Administrative Assistant
    • April Barber
  • Site Manager (Expansion sites)
    • Lee Bartell
  • Group Program Leaders
    • April Barber
    • Letriona Bartell
    • Miranda Cauley (asst.)
    • Ariel "Mr. A" Garcia
    • Sherri Moody
    • Heather Walcott

Board of Directors

  • Renee Love, President
  • Donald P. McGee, Vice President
  • Scott T. Mikuen, Esq., Secretary
  • Edward R. Davis, Treasurer
  • Ralphalette Bartell
  • Brenda Marvin
  • Michael Welch
  • Brett Schuster
  • Kim Deffebach, PHD.
  • Amy Van Fossen, P.A.
  • Valeta Cameron, Esq.





Over 80% of Club Esteem's budget goes towards Direct Program expenses.

Approximately forty percent (40%) of the Club Esteem's annual budget is generated from our annual fundraising event. Our volunteer board accomplishes much of our fund-raising with the assistance of a volunteer staff.

Approximately forty percent (40%) of our funds come from foundation partners like the United Way of Brevard, Community Foundation for Brevard and business partners and foundations aligned with our mission.

Roughly 10 percent (10%) of the $380,000+ budget comes from individual donations and our Annual Campaign, which meets the balance of our budgetary needs through personal gifts, grant awards, and event-driven fund-raising efforts.

Approximately 10 percent (10%) of our operating budget is received as in kind donations from the City of Melbourne for our facilities and other program services partners including Second Harvest, and Arts and Music lessons

Affiliations and Charitable Status

Club Esteem, Inc. is an IRS certified 501(c) (3) corporation with a non-profit tax I.D. number of 59-3317831.

Club Esteem is a budgeted agency of the United Way of Brevard, we are eligible to receive designated gifts via payroll deduction to the United Way of Brevard, or any other United Way in the country.

Club Esteem is an independent organization and is governed by its own Board of Directors. Club Esteem is not part of any local, state, or federal government agency, or any religious organization.

Club Esteem has a Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.org


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    Club Esteem Inc.
    3316 Monroe Street
    Melbourne, Florida 32901

    Phone: (321) 409-8942


    Ellena Little, Executive Director

    Phone: Phone: (321) 409-8942


    Robert Green, Fund Development Director

    Phone: Phone: (321) 252-9283


    April Barber, Administrative Assistant

    Phone: Phone: (321) 409-8942