Education/Youth

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson presented a certificate of accomplishment to Kai Joseph, a student at St. Mary Cathedral in District 3, at the Board of County Commissioners meeting of May 1, 2012 held at 111 N.W. 1 St., Miami for her winning poster of “Every Drop Counts,” a contest held by the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Dept. aimed at urging residents, young and old, to conserve water.
 The social net for high school dropouts is gone forever. When the manufacturing base in the U.S. was strong, a young man could drop out of high school and safely land at a factory with an $18 an hour job. Today, young African American males are dropping out of high school at the highest rate of any group with only a net of barbed wire to catch them. According to Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate, ninth grade is the critical year for making the decision to physically drop out, but the seeds were planted much earlier and nurtured by academic failure. 
Miami Dade College (MDC) professor and civil rights activist Renee Kilpatrick and 1940s baseball star Luisa Gallegos represent very different cultures and professions. Yet each has made a distinct mark in history and inspired generations of women who followed in their footsteps. Recently, they were both honored at the annual Women’s History Month luncheon at the InterAmerican Campus (IAC).
Western Union will host a reading room on Saturday June 9th, 2012 at the Anancy Festival 2012 in Pembroke Pines, Florida as a part of the I P.L.E.D.G.E PROGRAMME 2012. The reading room will include storytelling by Geoffrey Philp and Father Easton Lee, two popular authors in the Jamaica Diaspora community in South Florida. I P.L.E.D.G.E (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) PROGRAMME 2012 is an initiative of GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) through the brand Western Union that started from 2004.  The programme seeks to support the development of education through a focus on improving literacy, particularly reading.
Three students were presented with scholarship checks from the Little Haiti Optimist Club’s 2nd annual Michael “Doo” Wright Scholarship during the Ole Timers Pep Rally at Miami Edison Senior High School. Michael Jerome Wright, widely known as Michael “Doo” Wright was an active member of Little Haiti Optimist Club and chaired the Education Committee.  He passed away July 2010.  He left a legacy that stands on the fundamental belief that education is important in guiding the future of today’s youth.  “We felt it only befitting to establish a Scholarship Fund on his behalf”, says Delphine Gervais, scholarship selection committee chair.
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