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Lives Changed

Meet some of the lives you helped change through United Way of Miami-Dade. For more testimonials, visit the United Way of Miami-Dade website.

Kevin

KevinStudies show that many youth get into trouble between 3 - 6 pm, known by educators as the "danger zone" hours, when one in four teens are unsupervised. Studies also show that when youth engage in positive activities, they are more likely to avoid gangs, become self-sufficient, develop employment skills and finish school.

At Boys & Girls Club, thousands of young adults are encouraged to stay away from risky behavior by engaging them in positive after-school, mentoring and extracurricular activities providing them the opportunities to remain and excel in school.

During the summer of eight-grade, Kevin's mother passed away. He was left alone, with his sister and father, who worked to put food on the table. It was through school that Kevin learned of the Boys & Girls Club, but when he first arrived he was nervous. He was shy and withdrawn and had no friends.

All that changed. He made his first friend when he stepped into the basketball court and from there, Kevin said everything was easy – "like a growing tree."

His mentor, Ronny, helped him come out of his shell and became a huge part of Kevin’s life, as a role-model, a friend and a big brother.

Kevin began coaching kids in the after-school program, helping them with homework, playing sports, and whatever else the kids needed.

"Boys & Girls Club is like a second home that basically made me drift away from everything," said Kevin. "It’s been a life-changing experience. Without it, I don’t believe I would be half the person I am now."

United Way has a community plan, focused on education, financial stability and health — the building blocks for a good life. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. It takes all of us working together to create a more educated, prosperous and healthy Miami-Dade, and you are essential to realizing that vision for our community.

Join us and LIVE UNITED.

Keyshawn

KeyshawnWe all have a stake in making sure today's children grow up to be productive citizens who give back to the community. Today, nearly one-third of students will not graduate on time, which has a significant social and economic consequence for all of us. United Way of Miami-Dade funds programs across our community to help our children to be successful in school and in life. One of those programs, Coconut Grove Cares, also known as The Barnyard, is an after-school and summer program that provides at-risk children with educational, recreational and cultural activities year-round.

DeBorah

DeBorahWe all have a stake in making sure today’s children grow up to be productive citizens who give back to the community. A good education is the foundation for a child’s success in work and life — and a good education starts early. Research tells us 85 percent of our core brain structure is formed in the first three years of life and that reading at grade level by the end of third grade can predict high school graduation. Today, nearly one-third of students will not graduate on time, which has significant social and economic consequences for all of us. United Way of Miami-Dade funds programs across our community to help our children to be successful in school and in life. One of those programs, at the Overtown Youth Center, teaches children to become good students and good citizens.

Lissandra

LissandraResearch tells us that reading at grade level by the end of third grade can predict high school graduation. United Way of Miami-Dade invests in programs across our community to help our children to be successful in school and in life. One of those programs, at Centro Mater, helps children to improve their English language skills, making academic success more attainable. When she arrived at Centro Mater, Lissandra was scared people would laugh at her because she could not speak any English; she was having difficulty with her schoolwork and falling behind in her classes. Since enrolling in Centro Mater, Lissandra has improved her English through literacy activities, receives help with her classwork, and dreams about her future.

Luca

LissandraA good education is the foundation for a child’s success in work and life -- and a good education starts early.  In 2007, the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education opened with the vision of providing all children with access to the highest quality care and education, so they can have the best possible start in school and in life.  When Luca began his journey with the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education at 15 months old, his first teacher observed that Luca might have some developmental challenges ahead. After diagnosing Luca’s eyesight problem and providing him with the proper therapy, Luca’s ability to learn and socialize with other children began to improve immediately.

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