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N4P: Project DoVE

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 28th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Special Victims Bureau/Domestic Crimes Section established Project DoVE (Domestic Violence Education) in 2006. Project DoVE conducts community awareness events throughout Dade County mainly in areas that have been identified as highly concentrated domestic violence incidents locations. A Domestic Crimes Section Team comprised of a detective and a Victim Services Coordinator, provide information and referral services to the community. The Team provides general information regarding domestic violence, explains criminal justice system procedures, information on obtaining an injunction for protection and provides information on shelter and safety planning.

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N4P: Our Miami Report

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 28th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Our Miami Report summarizes the findings of an intensive research project focused on Miami’s complex issues. By identifying areas in need of further development, Our Miami Report creates common goals for community improvement. The Report identified eight key quality of life issues affecting Miamians: transportation, housing, arts and culture, health and safety, civic engagement, economy, environment and public space, and education.

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By Alyssa Zirkman | February 21st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

UNICEF was established December 11, 1946 by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China. Its full name was the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. In 1950, its mandate was broadened to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953, when its name was shortened to the United Nations Children’s Fund. But UNICEF still retains its original acronym. Here are some recent facts concerning women and children: 17,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. Nearly half of all deaths in children under age 5 are attributed to under nutrition—so that’s about 3 million young lives a year. Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.

Brian Meyers, the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will talk on behalf of UNICEF.


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N4P: The Melissa Institute For Violence Prevention and Treatment

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 14th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Institute was established by Melissa Aptman’s family and friends a year after her death.

Research shows that 85 percent of incarcerated juvenile offenders cannot read. Because of the importance of early literacy, The Melissa Institute has begun a new program: Books for Babies.

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N4P: Be A Voice

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 7th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

In the life of every child, there should be at least one adult that stands as his or her hero. Usually, that hero is Mom or Dad. Unfortunately, there are over 3,000 children in Miami-Dade’s Foster Care System who have no heroes in their lives, and whose voices go unheard every day.

Voices For Children’s support enables the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program to recruit, train, and support volunteers to serve as the “voice” for abused, abandoned, and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in dependency court proceedings, the only organization that provides this type of caring and objective voice in court. Guardians Ad Litem make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. Voices’ financial support also helps fulfill the children’s medical, educational, and social needs.

If you know or suspect a child is being abused, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE

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N4P: Reading Queer

By Alyssa Zirkman | January 31st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Reading Queer promotes queer literary culture in South Florida through an annual week-long literary festival, creative writing workshops led by nationally and locally recognized queer writers, a literary salon series and a literary archive.

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N4P: Frost MusicReach

By Alyssa Zirkman | January 24th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Recent research suggests that MUSIC is more effective than sports or any other school activity in keeping kids enrolled in school.

The Frost MusicReach Mentorship Program uses music as a motivating tool to encourage teens to graduate from high school and continue on to college.

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N4P: Ending Global Poverty

By Alyssa Zirkman | January 17th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

In 1980, Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS, an international citizens lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and other disastrous outcomes that stem from poverty. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. In 1995, he founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign and in 2012, Sam launched the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation to help non-profit groups train their members to create champions in Congress and the media for their cause.

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N4P: Florida BookPALS

By Alyssa Zirkman | December 27th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children’s literacy program of the SAG Foundation designed to provide an opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to help develop a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities.
Research shows that one of the best predictors of children’s success in learning to read is being read to aloud. BookPALS was founded on the premise that children must be exposed to reading aloud to develop a love of reading.
Every month SAG Foundation BookPALS read to more than 60,000 children in Title I public schools, hospitals, libraries, and social service agencies. The SAG Foundation operates BookPALS branches in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, New England, Florida, and Arizona.

If you are interested in this program and would like to become a BookPAL or you are a teacher or principal who would like to request a BookPAL for your classroom, contact Natalie Rogers, the Florida BookPALS Director at nrogers@sagfoundation.org or you can call her at 321-229-0638

For more information visit their website: www.bookpals.net

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N4P: Immigration Reform

By Alyssa Zirkman | December 13th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Michelle M. Ortiz is the Director and Supervising Attorney of the Lucha and Asylum & Refugee Projects at Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly known as FIAC) in Miami, Florida. AI Justice is a non-profit law firm dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of immigrants through a unique combination of free direct services, impact litigation and policy reform. Ms. Ortiz specializes in the representation of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She talks to Shelly about the struggles undocumented immigrants face every day and how we can help.

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