Rolly Aberion, Miami Area Coordinator, spoke with Shelly Lynn about the recent disaster in the Philippines and the necessity of everyone coming together, supporting the relief efforts going on right now. The situation is time sensitive, the sooner we get supplies to the devastated regions, the faster the damage will be repaired.
Jessica Allen, Program Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program, talks about the great need for more volunteers willing to give a child a voice in court and at home. There is an unfortunate increase in children neglected and abandoned and an equally unfortunate lack of attention and care given to these children. The majority of the program is funded through Voices for Children, a non-profit organization. Guardian ad Litem program works with children in the child-welfare system in order to advocate for their best interests in court and the community. Currently working with over 500 volunteers, there is still a dire need for more in order to represent all the children in care. Children with a Guardian ad Litem are half as likely to languish in care and twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home.
Typhoon Haiyán hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, the morning of Friday, Nov. 8, bringing with it sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts as fast as 235 mph. Shelly speaks with Merce Bernadette Miranda, known as M.B., the president of the Filipino Student Association at the University of Miami, about the conditions surrounding the Filipinos and what kinds of efforts are being made to help those afflicted.
Andrea O’Neal, president of the student run organization, Strong Women, Strong Girls sat down with Shelly Lynn to discuss the different programs offered by SWSG. Young women from the University of Miami are given the opportunity to be a part of an underprivileged young girls life, guiding her through the character building moments in her life and setting an example through proper conduct and instruction.
Miami’s Vice City Rollers is a local non-profit organization focused on empowering women and girls through the camaraderie, self-esteem, and fitness that roller derby brings. Not only do they focus on roller derby itself, but they also team with other non-profit organizations to spread community awareness and support. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, they are dedicated to fostering national and international competition of amateur athletes in the sport of Roller Derby. Shelly speaks with Bella Belligerent, and Kristen De La Rua, aka De La Ruthless about the origins of Roller Derby. Accepting of every size, color, and career, VCR holds no specific requirements for women interested in roller derby. Come as you are and learn to skate.
For more information on Miami’s Vice City Rollers visit www.miamirollerderby.com. For more info on derby, check out www.wftda.org, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
David Leal is a young man with high career aspirations. Every day he gets closer to finishing his novel despite not being able to physically write it himself. By no means defined by the disease that weakens his muscles daily, David must still work around the effects muscular dystrophy has on his body. There can be no doubt as to the strength of his character and fortitude of mind and though his body grows weaker, his mind only increases in perception and creativity. David and his team join Shelly Lynn on an episode of ‘Not For Profit’ to talk about his upcoming novel.
City Year is all about giving back to your community and investing in the next generation of students. The mentoring offered through City Year to youth at-risk of dropping out of school, keeps those students in school, encouraging and enabling them to graduate and become independent and successful in their own right. Through the participation of AmeriCorps members and volunteers, City Year has grown to enormous heights, with hundreds of workers involved in the lives of students from all over the United States. As a part of an initiative, City Year proposes to advance into as many schools as possible, uniting students with mentors, forwarding their message into the hearts of every community: give a year. change the world.
Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services is a shelter for abandoned and abused children and teens ages 10-17, a majority of whom are runaways, homeless youth and victims of trafficking and exploitation. Because of this, the shelter works closely with the FBI and State Attorney’s Office to expand services and help rescue more victims of human trafficking. Florida, ranks third for crime behind California and Texas. Miami Bridge offers education and essential skills, such as cooking, to the youth living on campus.
If you would like to volunteer or visit the shelter, go to http://www.miamibridge.org/
Miami Bridge accepts in-kind donations. You may donate your expertise and time, clothes or a small amount of money. Everything will be used in turn for the benefit of saving another life, taking a youth off the streets.
Our Miami-Dade Public Library System is in grave danger. Mayor Gimenez has proposed a budget that will essentially diminish the library system to nothing. Tweet, email, or call the commissioners and mayor. Tell them: “Raise the millage rate to 0.2993 and fully fund the library system to #saveourlibraries”. The Board of County Commissioners Budget Meeting being held Tuesday, September 10th at 5:01 pm will be the only time to set the millage rate to fully fund the libraries! Click the link for contact information and more ways to help: http://tiny.tw/3bFj
Victoria Morales and Barbara Padron lead outreach teams in Hialeah, Biscayne Blvd and Miami Beach. This is part of Sharing One Love Outreach program. http://sharingonelove.org/ They’ve been conducting outreaches for the entire year and have repeatedly come across locations and information about the possible sex trafficking of local runaway children. They also connect with local groups, law enforcement and business owners to increase awareness and the identification and rescue of children that are at-risk of being commercially sexually exploited.
A typical outreach includes the following activities:
- All first time volunteers receive street outreach training.
- Volunteers form into small groups and identify local businesses to share information on Human Trafficking and the vulnerability of runaway children to being commercially sexually exploited.
- Volunteers also handout flyers with red flags on on how employees can identify and report suspected human trafficking.
- Groups also show pictures of missing children from the community to employees and record and report and possible sightings and relevant information.
- Participants also complete surveys of areas that show signs of suspected commercial sexual activity. This data is used to identify areas that benefit or profit in facilitating human trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual abuse and exploitation.