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Kudos and Props


Who:  Presidential Scholars Ernest Baker and Priscilla Aleman

What: Two Miami-Dade students went to the White House to receive awards from President Barack Obama! Only 141 students nationwide  were honored this year as Presidential Scholars, the highest honor that a high school senior can receive.  Ernest is from Opa-Locka and graduated from Carol City High School.  Priscilla is from Miami Lakes and graduated from DASH. 

Both of these New York City college bound young adults have brains and talent and the combination got them a ticket to the White House!  Ernest is a hip-hop dancer, choreographer, stylist , and model.  His dance group, Live in Color Dance Collective is scheduled to appear this summer on America’s Got Talent!  Priscilla is an artist whose true passion is sculpture.  She is focused, wants to travel,  and says her art is not work, but just something she does—like her  second language.  Kudos to Ernest and Priscilla for excelling based on academics, community service, leadership, and commitment to high ideals!


Miami-Dade VIP has been working hard throughout the community. Check out the good things people are saying:

“This whole thing is really good, the way they get the kids and adults talking and stuff. The way they all come out here on Saturday with free food and music really makes us think they want to listen.” 
-- RH, 16 years old, Carol City

“This is good. Real good.”
-- TBB, 15 years old, Miami

"People need to stop with the use of illegal drugs which will reduce the crime in the community. Parents need to watch the show that their children are watching. There needs to be less youth walking the streets with nothing to do."
-- Student, Little Havana/ Out of School Program/ Youth Co-Op, Inc.

"Violence in the community can be stopped, by taking criminals off the streets. Also by giving children under age children a curfew will help to prevent them from finding trouble. Another way that violence can be stopped is by staying away from drugs."
-- Student, Little Havana/ Out of School Program/ Youth Co-Op, Inc.

"Crime can be stopped by having more programs that allow youth to play sports and exercise sportsmanship. Many of these programs have fees that most inner city youth can’t afford these programs should be free."
-- Student, Little Havana/ Out of School Program/ Youth Co-Op, Inc.

"Violence can’t be stopped, but it can be reduced. The reason is there is not enough State Troopers, Police Officers, etc. Also violence can be reduced if schools were to monitor students’ book bags and personal belongings. Parents have to have more control over their children and raise them with morals and character. These things won’t stop crime but they will reduce it."
-- Student, North Side Career Center/ Out of School Program/ Youth Co-Op, Inc.

"We have an interest in helping young people develop their goals and potential. By promoting and creating a positive and lasting message they think they can impact the lives of the children. The children are our future. Now is the time to help nourish them." 
-- Rappers "DOUBLE THREAT" who performed at the session on 4/06

“We believe that what we do for every child desperately matters!  What a good feeling it is to know that the work we do collectively at the JSD makes a difference in the community and in the lives of our children ”
-- Wansley Walters, Director, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department

“WEDR/99 JAMZ has always been committed to the South Florida community…our community! We have been a part of this community for over 35 plus years and it is troubling when we hear about the on-going violence that affects the schools, kids and the community as a whole. We understand and support all of the efforts that the Juvenile Services Department is doing with the Violence Intervention Project to get the youth involved early and to help change their thought process and actions before they turn violent. We will continue to support these efforts and utilize our resources to get the word out about this important project!”
-- Derrick Baker, Program Director, WEDR/99JAMZ

"It is our duty to interact with young people to ensure that our dialogue encourages positive behavior to get positive results.” 
-- Carol Murray-Brown, Miami-Dade juvenile Services Department

“This is a project that the youth and community have embraced.  The VIP movement is growing with each activity, as the importance of what we are trying to accomplish is realized.  The number of volunteers, sponsors, and donators of time and resources exemplifies the community’s response to, and issue of, overwhelming importance -- our youth”
-- Wanda Williams Finnie, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department

“This is the best thing that is being done for our community’s youth in a very long time.” 
-- Jeannette Garcia, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department

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