Focus on South Florida
We look ahead to the 5th annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida. Its mission is to preserve African-American heritage here — and does so in a way everyone can enjoy— through food, music and dance. This year’s theme is “bridging cultural gaps”. We focus on why the festival is significant, and what it has to offer. We are also joined in the studio by 4 performers — dancers and drummers who will be participating in next month’s event.
The Greater Miami Athletic Conference Football Officers Association has been serving the student-athletes of public and private schools in South Florida for more than 75 years. They work over 400 high school football games per season in Miami-Dade county alone. They are a group of dedicated referees and officials, but their goals of community service take them way beyond the football field. We focus on their mission and how you can help them achieve their goals.
South Florida students have returned to the classroom and obviously, so have their teachers. That means it’s back to business as usual for the United Teachers of Dade union. The UTD represents more than 35-thousand school employees who work to educate more than 370-thousand students in more than 400 schools. And this year the UTD is marking its 40th anniversary. We focus on the important role the UTD plays, not only for teachers, but for students and parents as well.
When the building we now call Miami’s Freedom Tower was completed in 1925, it was the headquarters for “The Miami News” newspaper. But it is best known for its role in the 1960s, when refugees from Cuba fleeing Fidel Castro’s communist regime arrived here. The newcomers were processed and documented at the tower; it became known as the “Ellis Island of the South”. In 2005, the Freedom Tower was donated to Miami-Dade College. Today it is used as a museum, as well as a cultural and educational center. We focus on the new exhibit about to be unveiled at the Freedom Tower, called “The Cuban Exile Experience”.
More than one in four of America’s schoolchildren are on their own after they get out of school. The right after school program can help keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families. The Children’s Trust’s after-school program guides are now available. The mission of the children’s trust is to improve the lives of children and families in South Florida. And this is just another way they’re doing just that. We focus on what parents need to know that could make all the difference for them.
What did your kids do during their summer vacation? Some South Florida high school students gave up a week of their break to learn how to break down barriers. They participated in a six-day residential program that brought together teens from across Miami-Dade county for an experience called “Metrotown”. “Metrotown” was made possible by the non-profit known as M-C-C-J. M-C-C-J was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews. We focus on how this potentially life-changing experience works, and why it is so important that it exists.
“VowTo” is a Miami-based company whose mission is to help women live a more balanced life It claims to be the only program out there that offers a one-stop-shop complete wellness program by providing guidance, tools and support to nurture the mind, body, and heart. And “VowTo” tells its members it’s okay to be selfish to make it all happen. We focus on how this program works and what is they to its success.
Community Health of South Florida Inc. started out more than 40 years ago with a mission to provide healthcare to South Florida’s uninsured. It has grown into a comprehensive non-profit health care company that cares for nearly 68-thousand insured and uninsured people each year. It has 10 health centers from Coconut Grove to the Florida Keys. C-H-I is celebrating National Health Center Week. We focus on the free events they are offering and why all families should take advantage of this opportunity.
Back to school. It’s just about that time again. Since 1985,The Education Fund has worked side-by-side with the private sector to direct resources where they are needed most in Miami-Dade schools.
And the Ed Fund, as it’s called is in full back-to-school mode. Right now they are collecting back-to-school supplies for its Ocean Bank Center for Education Materials, a warehouse where public school teachers in Miami-Dade can pick up free school supplies. This benefits students, obviously. But it helps out the teachers too, some of whom are spending close to one-thousand dollars of their own money for supplies and materials in a single school year. We focus on the work the Education Fund does, and how you can help them achieve their goal.
Since 1991, the Center for Independent Living of Broward has served more than 60-thousand individuals with disabilities in fulfilling their goals of independence and self-sufficiency. We focus on two men, who thanks to their personal determination and with the help of the CILB, have overcome the obstacles following tragic events in their lives.