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.
Posts Tagged ‘Interview’
Chantil Dukart, a recent graduate from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, joins Shelly on N4P to talk about her debut album, “In The Beginning.” In a world filled with divas, Chantil stands out as one who is comfortable in her own skin. She talks about what it is like to stay true to herself despite the harsh demands of the music industry. Her music encourages young girls to stay confident, motivating them to act with autonomy.
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.
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.
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://
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.
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.
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.