Ann Levine graduated from the University of Miami’s Law School in 1999. Since then, she has helped more than 2,000 law school applicants. Law school is challenging, with a lot of pressure placed on the students to succeed academically. So why does one go to law school? For the money, for the magical $160,000 that recent law school grads made fresh out of school? There is so much good that can be done, actual changes that can be made with a law degree.
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Men and body image are usually not associated with each other. More and more we hear about the issue of photo shopping women’s bodies to make them look thinner or in some places bigger. There is a lot of media attention on just how ridiculous the body proportions are supposed to be for females aspiring to that ultimate goal of beauty and really acceptance in society. But what you don’t hear very often are the stories of men who struggle with the same issues of body acceptance. Those men who you’d never assume even think about body image. Brian Cuban talks to Shelly about his experiences with anorexia and bulimia and how he overcame those eating disorders with the right support system. His book, Shattered Image, recounts his life story.
For resources on eating disorders you can head over to the counseling center at the University of Miami or call them at 305 284- 5511
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 8195 was first founded in 1961, when a group of thirty Veterans decided to start something meaningful for the community. This post was first started as a predominantly African-American Post in the 1960s. Today VFW Post 8195 has grown into a service designed to support veterans of all backgrounds through counseling, community activities and by providing a place to socialize and heal with other veterans. One way the Post is helping to raise awareness of these issues facing our soldiers is through the publication of their new book. The book details many of the journeys soldiers experienced during and after the Vietnam war. All proceeds from the Post 8195 Book, go to supporting the Post and acts as a donation. Buy their book on Amazon by clicking the link below:
Send Silence Packing is a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of 1,100 donated backpacks, representing the number of college students lost to suicide each year. The program is designed to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. At each exhibit of Send Silence Packing, 1,100 backpacks are displayed in a high-traffic area of campus giving a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims
Transplant Foundation is dedicated to assisting patients both during the pre-operative stages and the rehabilitative period, providing financial assistance to cover urgent needs such as transportation, medications, temporary housing at the transplant center and so much more.
Unquestionably, the number of successful transplants is limited by the critical shortage of donors. Transplant Foundation supports ongoing donor education programs to educate the Florida community and encourage organ donation and discussion within families. Transplant Foundation utilizes its Mentor Program, Community Outreach efforts and Education Forums as tools to educate transplant patients and the community about organ donation and transplantation.
For Veterans Day, we want to honor and thank all who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. One of the many service members is Navy Lt. Louis Sanchez, a true hometown hero serving his country, he is a 1989 Miami Killian Senior High School graduate and for the past 5 years, has served as a clinical social worker in the Navy. He is deployed right now on the USS Bataan, the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. As the only clinical social worker serving in the BATARG, Sanchez supports more than 4,200 Sailors and Marines.
The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG), is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. HPACG promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation and supports an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history. The President of the Association, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, speaks with Shelly Lynn about the different volunteer opportunities available to the community.
To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.
The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.
At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.