• Over one-third of Miami Dade 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 out-of-school program recently received a 95.83% quality rating from The Children's Trust. Plus, this year more than 98% of our children improved in the areas of academic/social skills and 97% in physical fitness.
• In summer 2014, we gave away over 12,000 books to children K - 1 in our Reading Explorers program and our SUCCESS program for students with special needs continues to prepare students for transition into healthy adulthood.
• We've been able to serve 150 families with incarcerated relatives by connected them to resources, counseling and "bonding visits" into the correctional institutions to help rebuild family ties with their incarcerated parent.
• In 2014 Project U – Turn reached over 700 public school teens with practical training on how to form healthy relationships that will prepare them for responsible and successful adulthood.
• In the past two school years, our Pathways Program has connected with almost 2,000 high school youth to teach life skills necessary for a healthy future.
• Finally, Hope for Miami also offers organizational capacity building services to assist faith and community-based groups to better serve those in need.
• 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 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.
• Equip more small organizations to better serve others.
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.
• Volunteer with us or alongside one of our partners.
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