Dedicated to responsible public education and the conservation of endangered and rare animals, the staffers of the Florida International Teaching Zoo tend to a diverse collection of living beings while teaching students to do the same. Amid the rustling feathers of Lady Amherst pheasants and the uncontrollable laughter of spotted hyenas reading the works of Oscar Wilde aloud, the school’s pupils spend days practicing their cage-side manner and stockpiling wildlife know-how through classes and conservation projects around the globe. To round out their tuition, students helm zoo tours for visitors four days a week, practicing their newly minted public-management skills and granting guests a chance to take in the wonders of the natural world in an intimate setting.
The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida distributes bike helmets to economically disadvantaged children to save lives during accidents and reduce head-trauma-induced conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that if children universally wore helmets while biking, it would prevent roughly 40,000 head injuries every year, which would also reduce the risk of youth developing epilepsy.
Originating in Los Angeles and helmed by experienced director Amy Allen, L.A. Acting Workshop transplants theatrical knowledge to the minds of fledgling actors, training them in diverse disciplines in order to ready them for careers in the dramatic fields. Youngsters ages 5–10 can join the L.A. Acting Youth Players' Wednesday classes under the tutelage of skilled instructors, where they'll learn acting basics such as improvisation, script work, and how to mime their preferred Shakespearean monologue. Adults can join The Working Film Actor – Level I classes held Tuesday nights for seminar-style sessions designed to polish existing skills and provide insight into interviews, cold readings, and soap-opera auditions, including lessons on coming in and out of comas at will. Classes help actors build confidence and learn to market themselves successfully to agents and other powerhouse professionals in the entertainment industry.