Here’s what you need to know:
1. MANY OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S COMMUNITIES ARE IN CRISIS
• Over one-third of public school students in grades three through six failed basic reading proficiency tests in 2008.
• More than 15,000 children have an incarcerated parent. (These youngsters are six to nine times more likely than other children to become incarcerated themselves unless some form of intervention occurs.)
• Miami-Dade has the 4th highest HIV/AIDS rate of all major US cities (3) and the highest teen pregnancy rate in Florida (4).
• Many small non-profit agencies are eager to help those in need but often don’t have the capacity or resources to effectively do so.
3.Centers for Disease Control, 4.Florida Public Health Vital Statistics
2. WHAT IS HOPE FOR MIAMI DOING ABOUT IT?
• Hope for Miami’s after school and summer programs provide 500 school-aged students with academic enrichment, physical fitness/social skills training and arts activities.
• Hope for Miami is a key partner in The Service Network for Children of Inmates which serves the complex needs of 1,200 children with an incarcerated parent.
• Hope for Miami‘s Project U-Turn team educates public school teens to avoid the high-risk behaviors which can lead to STDs, HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy.
• Hope for Miami offers organizational capacity building services to assist faith and community-based groups to better serve those in need.
3. WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED
• Hope for Miami’s out-of-school program recently received a 97% quality rating from The Children's Trust. Plus, more than 95% of our children improved in the areas of academic/social skills and physical fitness.
• The Service Network for Children of Inmates is now a national model, receiving media recognition.
• In three years, Project U – Turn reached over 18,000 public school teens with practical training on how to form healthy relationships that will prepare them for responsible and successful adulthood.
• Hope for Miami has built partnerships with over 200 local faith and community - based groups, helping to make South Florida a safer, more wholesome region.
4. WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING, HOPE FOR MIAMI COULD
• Reach more under-served neighborhoods with quality after school programs that help build a positive future for our children.
• Assist more families through The Service Network for Children of Inmates from the current waiting list of 500 children and reach out state-wide with this unique initiative.
• Provide thousands more South Florida school students with education and training that will equip them to make wise choices and avoid high-risk behaviors that could negatively impact their futures.
• Establish a “Ministry Incubator”, a center where small organizations could share space, resources and professional services.
5. JOIN US AS WE WORK TO BRING HOPE AND HEALING TO OUR AT-RISK COMMUNITIES
• Tell your friends and associates about Hope for Miami.
• Invite them to our various events
• Help procure items for our next “Fun-raiser” Silent Auction.
• Assist in underwriting the next “Fun-raiser”
• Consider serving on our Friends Committee.
• Connect us to those willing to participate in our Vision Campaign.
• Help jump-start the Campaign with a Lead or Matching Gift:
o $10,000 - $50,000 ~ Lead Gift
o $50,000 - $200,000 ~ Matching gift
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