Education/Youth

It's not all sports and picnics at Broward County parks. Staff at three County neighborhood parks and four nature centers is providing programs that help kids learn. Through a variety of tutoring and educational nature programs, students participate in learning that meets the standards of Broward County Schools. The goal is to help them succeed academically and ultimately improve quality of life. At Franklin and Lafayette Hart neighborhood parks, students are engaged in the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation program, and at Roosevelt Gardens, students participate in the A-Plus to Dream tutoring program. The programs at these three neighborhood parks, all in Fort Lauderdale, help further reading, writing and study skills. Nearly 75 students between the ages of 6 and 15 are enrolled in the programs.
In an effort to help college students whose lives may be directly impacted by hurricanes, Scholarship America and Plan!t Now will provide financial assistance to those attending Miami Dade College (MDC) and other schools throughout Florida.
Miami Dade College (MDC) business students received some invaluable lessons in leadership and the tools for success from entertainment mogul and MDC alumnus Emilio Estefan. He was invited to speak to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree program recently. He discussed leadership characteristics, ways to deal with difficult people, managing a business, and finding balance between a professional and personal life. MDC’s School of Business often invites industry leaders to speak with students about the realities of the business world. Located in the epicenter of international trade and tourism, MDC’s School of Business has an award-winning faculty and delivers a top-notch education in bachelor’s, associate, and certificate degree programs. The school strives to help students attain academic excellence with a focus on practical skills that can help build a career or a business. 
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson hands a backpack with school supplies to a student in District 3 at her 4th Annual Back-to-School Fun Day.The line stretched around the park as thousands of children and their parents lined up to receive free book bags and school supplies thanks to Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson at her 4th Annual Back-to-School Fun Day on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Olinda Park.
Krystal Rodriguez, left, 19, and 18-year-old Tamaria Grace were among 30  young women in Florida who gathered for a special ceremony marking a milestone in their lives having completed a 13-week program designed to give them thse skills to identify and avoid abusive relationships. The ceremony was a collaborative effort between Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) and the Miami-Biscayne Chapter of the Links organizaton. The young women all attend the COPE North School and participated in the "Expect Respect" Program that is provided as part of the CAHSD's Violence Intervention and Prevention Services. The program is designed to instruct teens on the dynamics of a healthy relationship and the warning signs of dating and sexual violence. 
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