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For Immediate Release:
May 04, 2015
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Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
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Commissioner Jordan on hand as Dolphins Foundation donates $1 million to strengthen education at Norland, Carol City high schools


Left: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan addresses the crowd of educators, Miami Dolphins, County administrators, and City Year representatives during the announcement of a $1 million donation to City Year.  Middle: Commissioner Jordan stands alongside her granddaughter Neffeteria Williams, who is a mentor/tutor in City Year Miami.  Right: Commissioner Jordan, Miami Dolphins greats, Miami-Dade School Board Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, and City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert don City Year jackets in support of the international educational program.

 

(MIAMI GARDENS, FL) – Recognizing the importance of tutoring assistance for students, the Miami Dolphins Foundation recently made a four-year $1 million donation to City Year Miami for its programs at Miami Carol City Senior High and Miami Norland Senior high schools. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, whose district includes both schools, was on hand for the announcement at Miami Norland Senior High School.

“This is a program that acts as a safety net for students who find themselves failing various subjects and need a tutor who can identify with their plight,” said Commissioner Jordan, who began her career as a teacher. “I have seen the effectiveness of City Year Miami through my granddaughter who is a tutor. While the program is designed to uplift students, my granddaughter has matured immensely and has gained a stronger sense of self.”  

City Year Miami is an education-focused non-profit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students enrolled and on track to graduate. Since the 2011-2012 school year, this international program has served more than 2,500 students in Miami Gardens high schools.  City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year works in 26 cities across the United States and has affiliates in London and Birmingham, England and Johannesburg, South Africa.