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Thursday, December 8th, 2005

SAME GOAL BEHIND NEW NAME AND MISSION

Thanks to a $10,000 grant received by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), AYUDA has undergone a long awaited strategic planning!

THE NAME: In order to help identify with the growing needs and cultures in Miami-Dade County, AYUDA, chose to make its name bilingual. “Ayuda” meaning “help” in Spanish, added to the name an English explanation: Adults and Youth who are Under-served Deserve Attention.

THE MISSION STATEMENT: AYUDA also modified its mission statement to be more comprehensive of the community in Miami-Dade County and to target its constant expansion of services. The new mission statement: To assist under-served and/ or at-risk families in the Miami-Dade County through education, life-skills training, and programs that support self-sufficiency.

THE RESULT: a brand-new AYUDA supported by its programs, objectives, prospective clients, partners, and donors. The new name complements its mission and shows the organization’s desire to change with the needs of the community it serves.

HAPPY CHILDREN OF OVERTOWN STREET FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE

AYUDA annouces the Overtown Street Fair and Open House to be held on December 10th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Happy Children of Overtown located at 2101 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami FL 33127.

Thanks to a sponsorship received from the Dreyfus Health Foundation, many partners have joined together to make this event possible including: Jackson Memorial who will be there with The Injury Free Mobile Clinic to demonstrate the hidden injury risks found in homes, in water, and on the road; Shoes for the Soul will be distributing shoes to families; The Village will be providing health services; Green Family Foundation has adopted the families of Happy Children of Overtown to provide them with gifts for the holidays, and there will be face painting, food, drinks, games, music, and raffles.

Come and join us!

SATELLITE OFFICE OPENS IN OVERTOWN

Next to Downtown Miami, Overtown is a community rich in history and culture which promises to be one of the great urban communities because of its churches, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and theaters. Understanding the need of the community, AYUDA decided to provide services to the Overtown community and establish an AYUDA satellite office. The following programs are now being offered: Parents Now!, Elderly Advocacy & Support, The Early Childhood Scholarship Program, and Family Empowerment.

The Parents Now! Program, made possible by Dade Community Foundation, is a 12 week program where parents will receive home visits and, in a psycho-educational environment, will learn about brain development, parenting skills, reading to children, family meetings, conflict resolution, community services, nutrition, and quality use of free time.

The Elderly Advocacy & Support Program, made possible by the Alliance for Human Services, offers social services to the frail elder aged 60 and over. The goals are to assist the elders in maintaining their independence, improve their nutritional status, provide homemaker services, and provide caregivers with assistance and relief in order to continue care.

The Early Childhood Scholarship Program, made possible by The Green Family Foundation, provides partial scholarships to children of low-income working parents and at-risk families. The program offers: free breakfast, lunch, and snack, early stimulation for infants and toddlers, progressive preschool instruction, early computer education, and developmental screenings.

The Family Empowerment Program, made possible by the Department of Juvenile Justice, is a 13-week enrichment program which focuses on anger management, communication, individual responsibility skills, and self esteem enhancement. The primary goal is to provide adolescents with tools and skills to enhance their natural talents and emphasize positive self identity and self awareness.

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS NOW!

AYUDA received a $30,000 grant from Dade Community Foundation to support the Parents Now! Program with services now being delivered at the AYUDA satellite office in Overtown.

The Parents Now! Program was designed to target families with children 0-3 years of age. During the 12 week enrichment program, parents will receive home visits, and in a psycho-educational environment, will learn about brain development, parenting skills, communication skills, reading to children, family meetings, conflict resolution, community services, nutrition, and quality use of free time. Furthermore, all families who complete the program will receive gift certificates to local food and clothing stores. All services are offered free of charge.

Through the Parents Now! Program, a family will be able to build a well-established home life and create an environment in which parents will learn life long skills that will enable them to provide the healthiest environment possible for the children.

MIAMI BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS OUR CHILDREN!

To help the Early Childhood Scholarship Program, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce grants AYUDA $2,500.

The Early Childhood Scholarship Program provides partial scholarships to children of low-income working parents and at-risk families, including teenage parents attending school, single parents, foster parents, and immigrant families who do not qualify for government subsidized preschool programs. The Early Childhood Scholarship Program offers a preschool opportunity for children from infancy through 5 years of age of all races, religions, and cultural backgrounds. The program offers free breakfeast, lunch, and snack, early stimulation for toddlers, progressive preschool instruction, early computer education, and developmental screening.

The goal of the program is to improve the future of underserved children in Miami Beach, therefore AYUDA is very thankful for the grant. As a nonprofit organization, AYUDA cannot accomplish the goal of building a well-established community alone, and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce comprehends that. The Chamber not only unites businesses and individuals, moreover it fully supports its mission by providing resources to drive the development of the community.

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