Focus On South Florida
The mission of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County is to provide whatever resources necessary to enhance the lives of young people in Broward and empower them to become responsible adults. Right around the corner is a huge county-wide initiative called “Broward Reads for the Record”. We focus on that event as well as some of the many programs the Children’s Services Council of Broward makes possible.
“Unite4:Good” is a groundbreaking new movement to inspire and empower positive global change through acts of kindness. Through a partnership with the Miami Job Corps Center, Unite4:Ggood is initiating a new rewards-program recognizing young people who spread the message. We focus on how the program works and how you can get rewarded simply for doing something nice.
Volunteerism encourages people to empower, share and love. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is the area’s premier mentoring organization. It is donor and volunteer-supported. Sadly, according to the latest survey results from the Corporation For National and Community Service, Miami ranks last for volunteerism of the top 50 metropolitan cities in the U.S. We focus on the importance of volunteering and hear from a South Florida man who has been doing it for 15 years.
Kids in crisis are kids in need. They are stuck in a system that runs on survival–food, clothing, shelter, safety. But once the bare necessities are met, then what? A Miami-based nonprofit thinks it has the answer.
This organization reaches out to at-risk youth in South Florida, and in 10 states from New York to Texas. And it does so in a rather unorthodox manner. Through yoga. Even its name raises eyebrows. Yoga Gangsters. We focus on what the program is and how it works.
Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in this country. It is now diagnosed in one in every 68 children, including one in 42 boys. “Autism Speaks” is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Its 2014 Broward Walk raises money for families and individuals affected by autism. In fact, “Walk Now For Autism Speaks” is the single most powerful event to raise critically needed funds for research and awareness. We focus on what the organization does, and the all-important upcoming walk.
When you think of South Florida, what comes to mind? In addition to the sun, the sand, and the nightlife, we are surrounded by cultural and ecological treasures. Urban Tours Miami specializes in private and group tours of the area. Its award-winning tours are designed to help you discover, in a new way, areas like Little Havana, Little Haiti, Downtown Miami, Overtown and Wynwood. Tours where you can meet the people who make the art, and cook the cultural delicacies. We focus on the unique way to experience the heart of Miami’s past, present and future.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. For more than 20 years, the mission of the Dan Marino Foundation has been to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now the Marino Foundation is getting help promoting autism awareness from a rather unlikely source. We focus on its partnership with Everglades Holiday Park, and how you can join the cause.
Research shows that 60 percent of all fourth graders in this country are not reading at grade level. That puts them at risk to fall behind in school and become discouraged. And these kids are four times more likely to drop out of high school. The United Way of Miami-Dade’s ReadingPals program helps children improve their literacy skills, starting when kids are in preschool. We focus on how the program works and the need for volunteers to help the program grow.
Guitars Over Guns, or GOGO, is a local nonprofit organization, which provides after-school mentoring to at-risk youth. It does so through music education and performance as an alternative to the gang recruitment, drugs and violence that typically dominate their environments. We focus on how this unique program works, and the impact it is having on local students.
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality. “DocMiami” is a nonprofit, dedicated to promoting the best that documentary filmmaking has to offer worldwide. DocMiami presents an annual film festival to promote the art form. We focus on the 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival, presented by DocMiami, which is set for Friday September 12 and Saturday Sept. 13 in Boca Raton.