Volunteer With YPN Miami at Zo’s Summer Groove Youth Empowerment Summit

Posted:  July 14th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  1

YPN Miami’s July Community Service Project a success!

15th Annual Zo Summer Groove (ZSG)
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 – Youth Empowerment Summit

“Alonzo Mourning Charities (AMC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation. AMC’s mission is to create platforms for youth to excel. AMC supports programming with proven results that deliver resources to students and families in need. Another major program of AMC is the Honey Shine Mentoring Program that works to empower young girls to shine as women.” http://amcharities.org and http://zsg.com.

On Saturday, July 23, 2011, YPN Miami in conjunction with the Alonzo Mourning Charities participated in another powerful Day of Service honoring the 15th Annual ZSG Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.).

Y.E.S is one of the events, among the many over the weekend, YPN Miami members participated in. the summit included workshops, breakout sessions with panels and centered on the Vision Blueprint. “Each year, the Youth Summit creates a forum for teens to have the opportunity to speak with celebrities, athletes, leaders in the community, business professionals and their peers, about prevalent issues that they face on a daily basis. The Youth Summit has proven itself to be inspiring and valuable for both teens and for the adult panelists”.


Volunteer Quotes:

“Indeed an inspiring Saturday morning and afternoon.  The energy of the young people was not only contagious, but refreshing.  The amazing part was that all 300 plus of those individuals seemed truly appreciative of their respective organizations, and of the Mourning Family, who so continue to provided focused resources to the community.  It was honor to be there” – Nicole Gates.

“Personally, the experience was outstanding. I feel very fortunate to be afforded an opportunity to work with such a notable South Florida institution, like Alonzo Mourning Charities. It didn’t matter if it was your first experience volunteering or your 50th, everyone worked very successfully and skillfully together. I have to say, I also learned quite a bit from this weekend’s events. I thank everyone for investing their time and effort to making this an optimal experience for not only the kids, but me as well. I look forward to continuing to work alongside all of you, for as long as you will allow” – Mike Langley.

“Because I am a certified drama educator and arts advocate, I am a veteran when it comes to community service. Saturday was my first time working with the folks at the Alonzo Mourning Charities? It was clear that the staff was dedicated to not only the event, but the welfare of the children they serve. I’m proud to be a part of a professional network that knows the value of giving back. I’m also glad YPN introduced me to a non-profit that is as dedicated to youth development as I am. ZSG has taken on a new meaning for me” – Nerissa Street.

“I enjoyed the Youth Summit. How refreshing to see young people motivated about their futures; when all too often, their encouraged to be products of their environments. I came away in awe at what the Mourning family has done to contribute to the self-esteems of those who are generally “over-looked. Thanks to YPN and AMC Charities for allowing me to participate. This experience was very much appreciated and will never be forgotten”- Cynthia Coutard.

“The Youth Summit was a refreshing experience as a young woman who was once an educator and who believes in the power of knowledge. For many kids, the opportunity to be something greater than their parents and to go beyond their environment is an opportunity of a lifetime. It was a great experience to be a part of an event that encouraged young people to tap into their potential. Overall, it was a great experience” – Danesha Burrows.

“It was a sincere pleasure meeting and working with you all for such a noble cause!  I look forward to the next event “- Patrice Bedford.

“This was my ninth year volunteering the Alonzo Mourning Charity, ZSG event. Year after year, Both Alonzo and his team exceed my expectations. As a parent, I question who’s going to be around to Mentor my children’s generation. Because of the work that AMC, YPN Miami, and other Youth Mentoring organizations continue to do in our community, my fear is not as grand. It is always an opportunity for me (personally) to serve others. Y.E.S. was one of many powerful events this year. Thank you all so much for everything that you do. Know that YOU do make a difference every time you give back to others.” – Youseline Poteau



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Alonzo Mourning
Ed Lover
Barrington Irving
Dwyane Wade
Judge Hatchett

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