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Female Empowerment: Urgent Inc.

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | May 10th, 2014 |

Urgent Inc. is a youth and community development organization with a mission of empowering young minds to transform their communities. This non-profit organization is currently searching for a Youth Development Intern. A successful intern will assist Counselors and Program Managers during their Youth Empowerment Summer Camp located here on UM’s campus! To learn more or to apply for this amazing opportunity, search for Job ID 40274 on HireACane.

Female Empowerment: Urgent Inc. by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Mental Health: Pam’s Story

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | April 26th, 2014 |

Pam Ford, a peer services manager at South Florida Behavioral Health Network, spoke about her experiences struggling with a mental illness, specifically bipolar mental illness. As one who lives with a serious mental illness, Pam, a leader now in the peer movement, is able to provide the best advice to others struggling with similar situations. She shares information on how to get help, what it is like to live with a serious mental illness, and where to find the resources necessary for recovery and rehabilitation.

Mental Health: Pam’s Story by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Addressing Conservation Challenges: Waterlust

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | April 19th, 2014 |

Waterlust was founded in December 2011 as a side project. The original goal was to use film/photography to creatively capture how people interact with water in Marine science, ocean sports, and art. At the time, Patrick Rynne, a second year as a PhD student in Applied Marine Physics at RSMAS (UM Marine Science School) had no background in film/photography. Fiona Graham and Jennah Caster (both fellow marine science graduate students) joined the team a couple months later, focusing on making fun and dynamic online videos that showed unique stories.

Waterlust started publishing videos on YouTube and Vimeo, with over 30 videos that have earned nearly 1.5 million views online.The foundation of this project is based on the basic concept that you cannot force people to care about environmental issues by simply telling them to care. Even if you show them the “doom and gloom” including scientific facts, it won’t necessarily lead to change. Patrick and his team feel that change is an extremely specific process that is different for everybody. The goal of Waterlust is to kickstart that process by getting people around the world to think about water and what it means to them on a daily basis.

 

Addressing Conservation Challenges: Waterlust by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Department of Juvenile Justice: Miami’s River of Life

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | April 12th, 2014 |

George E. Ellis has over thirty years of dedicated involvement with youth, civic and social issues within Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. His experience and expertise has allowed him to serve as a member of several state and local Boards and provided Miami’s River of Life with the unique opportunity of being chosen by Miami-Dade County government to provide Home Detention and Juvenile Probationary Supervision in 2001 when the state budget fell short of the community’s needs. As a provider of residential and shelter services to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and other state agencies, Mr. Ellis has unequivocally demonstrated his knowledge of the issues and needs of our state and local communities. He truly believes that many of the behavior problems exhibited by our youth today is due to “a broken spirit caused by a lack of love,” He is committed to serving the youth and families of our communities, whose situation in life looks hopeless, through Miami’s River of Life programs and assistance.

Department of Juvenile Justice: Miami’s River of Life by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Mental Health: The Key Clubhouse of South Florida

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | April 5th, 2014 |

The Key Clubhouse of South Florida has psychosocial rehabilitation services designed to assist individuals whose lives have been disrupted by severe and persistent mental illness. These individuals recover meaningful and productive lives through reintegration into the community and the workplace. The program provides a work-ordered day in a structured therapy environment providing opportunities to combat social isolation and establish workplace expectation through habits and skills. Board President, Amy McClellan and Assistant Public Defender in the Miami Public Defender’s Office, Kathy Strobach talk about mental health, advocating for more support and funding.

Mental Health: The Key Clubhouse of South Florida by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

AGAPE Network

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | March 29th, 2014 |

Through their six core programs, Agape brings assistance to literally hundreds of underserved individuals caught in the expensive and non-rehabilitating hospitals, jails, and institutions. Agape’s success stems from a one-of-a-kind integration of services to meet clients’ Psychological, Social, Physical and Spiritual needs. Claudio Perez, President and CEO of AGAPE Network, talks about the importance of having healthy women in our community and how that translates into our society.

AGAPE Network by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Our Kids Part III: A Career In Social Work

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | March 22nd, 2014 |

NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH: National Association of Social Workers introduced National Professional Social Work Month for the first time in March 1963. The original purpose was to encourage public support and interest in social work as a profession. Social workers are the backbone of our work and are the first line of defense in being able to service families in crisis. For more information about this profession, visit: http://www.socialworkers.org/

Patricia “Shannen” Davis, MSW CAP (Certified Addictions Professional) CWP (Child Welfare Professional) is the current Program Director for Gulf Coasts’ Intensive Family Preservation Program in Miami-Dade County. She was previously employed as the Family Intervention Services Program Manager. She started as a Court Dependency Case Manager (CDS) and Family Intervention Specialist funded by TANF.

Our Kids Part III: A Career in Social Work by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

HOPE: Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc.

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | March 15th, 2014 |

Housing Discrimination affects more than the direct victims; it impacts the whole community and society at large. Education is one of the most important keys to eliminating housing discrimination. HOPE, Inc. is increasing its outreach campaigns to educate more housing providers across the County. In 2013, HOPE, Inc. delivered fair housing training to nearly 200 housing providers in Broward County. “Housing providers” could refer to private realtors, homeowner associations, condo boards, co-op governing boards, mortgage lenders, banks, landlords, etc.

The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Rob Collins joins me to talk about what to do when encountering housing discrimination.

HOPE: Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Our Kids Part II: Foster to Adopt

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | March 1st, 2014 |

Adoption is the legal transfer of the parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. But adoption is not the only way to help children in crisis, you may be interested in becoming a foster parent or a Guardian Ad Litem. Two foster parents, Trudy and Lisa, discuss the various challenges in the foster care system. For a prospective adoptive parent, fostering to adopt makes the adoption process easier to navigate. For Trudy and Lisa, parenting through adopting can be one of the most life-changing and yet rewarding experiences, but it is important to understand the adoption process and the different adoption opportunities available. Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe can provide you with additional information and referral services, support groups, adoption-related libraries, case management and training.

Fostering-to-Adopt by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

ZooRush

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | February 22nd, 2014 |

ZooRush is a collaboration between the School of Communication and the School of Public Health at the University of Miami. Everyone involved is a student or faculty member of our school. Clay Ewing, the game designer of ZooRush and Assistant Professor, and Nancy, the head of PR for the project, talk about the game the development of the game. The game is part of a larger project at the School of Public Health. The larger project, lead by Dr. Lanetta Jordan,  is a patient registry for sickle cell disease. The purpose of the game is twofold: create awareness about sickle cell disease as well as reduce the stigma associated with the disease amongst teenagers that have it.

ZooRush by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud