Palmetto Bay, FL - November 22, 2019 - On November 14th, 2019, the Broward Sheriff’s Office distributed money from the Law Enforcement Trust Funds (LETF) to local nonprofits. Be Strong International, a recipient of this award, plans to utilize the funds to grow its healthy relationship workshops in Broward County Public Schools, aiming to educate more than 200 kids in grades 6 through 12. In response to the presence of juvenile crimes in Broward county, Be Strong International set objectives that align with those of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to cultivate the communities within Broward by addressing the various issues education can remedy. What contributes to the success of both organizations in addressing community-wide issues is the compassion they instill into their daily work. The compassion from which true words and actions arise as they did on November 14th, when the Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony gave these words: “we’re stronger together.”
“These non-profit community organizations have different missions,” Sheriff Gregory Tony began, “but the core of what they do remains the same – to provide vital services and improve the lives of people across Broward County.”
In this astute statement, the sheriff underwrites the core value of the LETF which is to repurpose money that comes from the seizure and forfeiture of contraband for the mitigation of juvenile crime, primarily drug trafficking and abuse. LETF recipients are commonly organization that provide programs, mentorship, and assistance to youth within Broward county. Be Strong International is one of these agents of change, and on November 14th, its CEO, Michelle Shirley, received a $9,975 award from the Broward Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the organization from Sheriff Gregory Tony.
Shirley, leading the organization since 2012, detailed the plans for the funds, exuberantly relating the impact she anticipates the organization will be able to have in Broward thanks to this award. She summarizes, “Be Strong International will offer healthy relationship workshops in Broward County Public Schools to 200 youth in grades 6th through 12th grade.” Further on, she adds, “four of our professionally trained Be Strong facilitators will use evidence-based curricula and strategies to teach healthy relationship skills and social-emotional learning: lessons will include effective communication skills, decision-making skills, healthy relationship skills, character development skills and much more.”
Be Strong International took a moment to recount the generosity demonstrated by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. Shirley’s post exalts the honor and privilege of receiving the award, knowing well that the award is not only a gift but also a promise between Sheriff Gregory Tony, the other nonprofit recipients, and Be Strong International to better the communities they serve. Because as our community grows, it is imperative to remember that, as Sheriff Gregory Tony stated, “we’re stronger together.”
About Be Strong International
Be Strong International is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating young people through positive youth development practices. In its 25th year, the organization uses an evidence-based curriculum to teach adolescents about healthy relationships, financial literacy, and educational and career success. Be Strong International was nominated for best practices in addressing risky behaviors, and they deliver educational programming to students within Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools each year.
Marc-Anthony Llosa is the Communications Specialist at Be Strong International.
BY: Miami Times Staff Report
August 7, 2019
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Residents of Cutler Manor were treated to a day of activities for Be Strong Day.
Children got a chance to win prizes, get their faces painted, and learn about safety from Miami-Dade County Police and the Miami-Dade County Fire Department.
“Serving the community is our No. 1 priority,” says Be Strong International Executive Director Michelle Shirley.
Be Strong International is a year round non-profit organization that focuses on educating young people through positive youth development practices. In its 27th year, the organization uses an evidence-based curriculum to teach adolescents about healthy relationships, financial literacy, and educational and career success. Be Strong serves more than 3,400 students within Miami-Dade and Broward County public schools each year.
Be Strong partnered with Nike and Nicholas Children’s Hospital for games and give-a-ways, Texas Roadhouse Restaurant for food and Voss Water for drinks. Other partners included The Children’s Trust, Guardian Ad Litem, Help Me Grow Florida, Play Station, Simply Healthcare, Miami Children’s Health Plan, JSC, and Poah Communities.
Shirley went on to say, “We will continue to pour out our love and offer our best resources to the residents of Cutler Manor and the surrounding community. We are delighted to have worked in partnership with other partners to help make this event a huge success. After all, it’s about thriving families and stronger communities!”
Be Strong has served over 200,000 youth and parents. It offers sexual risk avoidance workshops to youth and “Ready to Talk” workshops to parents that encourages them to talk early and often to their adolescents about delaying sexual activity.
Be Strong International is committed to helping to equip parents with tactical skills. Across Miami-Dade County throughout the month of August parents can locate a workshop to attend to learn practical skills to help in rearing their children. For more information, visit www.bestrongintl.org/events.html
BY CHRISTINA MAYO @ MIAMI HERALD
JUNE 13, 2019 07:00 AM, UPDATED JUNE 13, 2019 07:00 AM
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A school yearbook is important. Yearbooks are cherished. They are tradition.
Excitement builds throughout the school year especially before the big reveal. And then, when books are in hand, students quickly search for their photos and those of their friends. They celebrate.
At Richmond Heights Middle School, students have not experienced this for seven years.
But this year, the yearbook is back with support of the Motivate Miami Team from Leadership Miami, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and The Children’s Trust-funded Be Strong International program.
It all started with a conversation between the school’s Be Strong Youth Enrichment Director Celida Hernandez and Principal Larhonda Donaldson.
“Ms. Donaldson told us that the kids had done a survey and that many of the students were interested in taking photography lessons,” Hernandez said. “She told us that the school had not had a yearbook in the past seven years. So it all started on that day. We had a dream!”
Be Strong was invited to share their club members’ dream with several Leadership Miami teams, all of whom were looking for a project, Hernandez said.
“Motivate Miami selected Be Strong, adopting the Be Strong club members’ dream to give all the RHM students a yearbook. The Motivate Miami team members fund-raised throughout the year, paid for printing costs and helped the kids learn and operate the software,” Hernandez said.
“The school was able to hire a professional photography teacher and lend many hands to help the Be Strong club RHM members produce their own yearbook. And with the help of our outside sponsors, Be Strong purchased high quality cameras and computers.”
Beginning in August 2018, club members learned about photography and took photos. For the second semester, between January and April, the students learned what it means to produce a yearbook.
They received guidance from their photography teacher, Sasha Jordan, who worked with club members many hours over many weeks and the Motivate Miami team.
“Our students were the ones who put it together, selecting and editing from thousands of pictures, those that made it to the final proof,” Hernandez said. The mission also involved copy editing and meeting production deadlines.
At a special ceremony May 3, the 2018-19 Be Strong club presented the yearbook to all the students at Richmond Heights Middle.
Miami-Dade Public School Board Member Lawrence Feldman, members of MDCPS District 7, and Bevone Ritchie, The Children’s Trust senior program manager, were in attendance.
“It’s been an amazing experience for everyone,” Hernandez said. “It was a dream come true!”
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA ISSUES BE STRONG INTERNATIONAL COUNTY PROCLAMATION
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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA ISSUES BE STRONG INTERNATIONAL COUNTY PROCLAMATION
MIAMI, FL – March 29, 2019 – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava honored Be Strong International with a proclamation recognizing March 23, 2019 as "Have a Heart Day."
Commissioner Cava issued the proclamation as a symbol and reminder of all the good that youth organizations, like Be Strong International, Inc., do by providing guidance and mentorship to underprivileged communities. The proclamation recognizes the lasting impact that youth programs like Be Strong International have on young people and their communities.
“Teaching heart skills to young people fundamentally changes how they think about themselves and their future,” said Michelle Shirley, Executive Director of Be Strong International. “We consider ourselves very lucky to enlighten youth and families on how to develop and sustain healthy relationships, and I am so honored to be a part of this special day!” Shirley said.
Be Strong International is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating young people through positive youth development practices. In its 25th year, the organization uses an evidence- based curriculum to teach adolescents about healthy relationships, financial literacy, and educational and career success. We were nominated for best practices in addressing risky behaviors, and we deliver educational programming to more than 1,500 students within Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools each year.
By: Aaron Guerrero @ Palmetto Bay News
Original Post: https://communitynewspapers.com/featured/dancers-rehearse-for-a-previous-years-production-of-the-nutcracker/
TD Bank celebrated the grand opening of a new location at 14395 S. Dixie Hwy. in Palmetto Bay on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Participating in the grand opening were several members of TD Bank’s upper management as well as Palmetto Bay officials, including Mayor Eugene Flinn and Council-member Karyn Cunningham, both candidates for village mayor.
One of the activities during the event was hosted by Citizens for a Better South Florida, which taught the children and their parents in attendance how to properly plant and water seeds to grow their own food.
Just before the grand opening, everyone was invited inside to witness the ribbon cutting for the bank with TD Bank officials, accompanied by the Girl Scouts of Palmetto Bay, and Mayor Flinn.
In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, a check for $10,000 was presented to Be Strong International on behalf of the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank.
The donation was apart of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community.
Be Strong International is a non-profit that helps young people create healthy relationships by educating them using positive youth development practices and social emotional learning. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will fund the Be Strong Club Program, providing educational services and resources to children, young adults and families about healthy relationships, career success and financial literacy.