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.
Indie Film Club Miami is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth, skills and cohesiveness of the South Florida film industry, by working closely with filmmakers and digital media content creators. It hosts a variety of events including monthly screenings, as well as regular workshops, and networking events that bring together our diverse community. Diliana Alexander, Executive Director at Indie Film Club, spoke with us about the importance of independent cinema and transmedia. Shelly Lynn alongside Natasha Mijares and Diliana Alexander talk about the different facets of film and how crucial it is to our community, to encourage creativity and build upon it for a more expressive society.
Shelly Lynn speaks with the mentors at Guitars Over Guns Organization along with alumnus, Rody Lafrance. Rody, who takes guitar and piano lessons through the program offered by GOGO, plays two of his own arrangements of pop songs.
Guitars Over Guns provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments. Their after school program pairs these adolescents with professional musicians who use contemporary music to reach these young people and teach them the skills they need to be successful in and out of school.
The Mystic Force Foundation is a local nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise the funds to end it. In an interview on WVUM, founder Silvia Vanni spoke passionately with Not For Profit host Shelly Mlacker about her mission, inspired by the legacy of her son Salvatore Vanni who bravely fought and lost a battle with Neuroblastoma cancer.
Since 1917, our nation’s tax system has strongly encouraged Americans to give back to their communities, and the broad concept of charity on which the deduction is based has given rise to a diverse set of organizations all dedicated to the public good. Right now, there are proposals in Congress that would make it more difficult for food banks to raise money and help hungry Americans. 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger. Preserve the charitable deduction’s powerful incentive for giving.
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Stephanie and Katie recently joined ‘Not For Profit’ host Shelly to discuss the work they have been doing with No Zebras.
No Zebras is a student group that aims to address and reform the behaviors, ideas, and misconceptions, of the University of Miami student body regarding sexual assault.
Their mission is to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault and to educate the University of Miami community about the resources available to survivors here on campus and in the Coral Gables Community.
Hear a brief testimonial from Katie taken from the interview here: