Four Miami-Dade County Public Schools students took home prizes for submitting winning artwork and essays as part of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s annual Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Poster, Essay and Youth Count Logo Contest. Winners were announced at the monthly Homeless Trust Board meeting on May 24, 2013. This year's contest, a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, resulted in the submission of more than 220 entries. The contest, and a supporting age-appropriate curriculum, is specially designed to increase students' understanding of the causes of homelessness and reduce bullying.
“Teaching others to be sensitive to the issues homeless individuals and families face is an extremely important achievement,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “Students who took time to reflect upon their thoughts through drawing, writing and creating helped accomplish our mission: ending violence towards the homeless.”
New this year was a logo contest created in anticipation of the first ever “Youth Count“ taking place in Miami-Dade County this August. The Homeless Trust wanted a new logo to help promote efforts to find out the number of young people experiencing homelessness in our community.
The student winners are:
- Poster Contest: Sean Flores, 4th grade, North Dade Center of Modern Arts. He received an i-Pad mini.
- Essay – 1st Place: Taylor Mulcahy, 9th grade, Dorothy M. Wallace Cope Center. She received an i-Pad mini.
- Essay – 2nd Place: Leonardo Carbajo, 11th grade, Westland Hialeah Senior High School. He won an i-Pod Touch.
- Youth Count Logo: Naomi Cruz, 10th grade, Miami Springs Senior High School. He won an i-Pod Touch.
Schools that participated in the poster, essay and/or logo contest included:
Amelia Earhart Elementary, Avocado Elementary, Carol City Elementary, Earlington Heights Elementary, Eugenia B. Thomas, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Highland Oaks Middle School, Kinloch Park Middle School, Miami Edison Middle School, Miami Norland Senior High, Miami Park Elementary, Miami Springs High School, North Dade Center for Modern Languages, Oliver Hoover Elementary, Rivera Middle School, Seminole Elementary, Sunny Isles Beach Community School, Frances S. Tucker Elementary School, and West Hialeah Senior High School.
About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
Founded in 1993, The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, please visit www.homelesstrust.org.