YPN Miami Volunteers at Annual Zo’s Summer Groove Youth Empowerment Summit

Posted:  August 8th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

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.). 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.

Y.E.S. is one of the events, among the many over the weekend, YPN Miami members participated in and included workshops, breakout sessions with panels. and centered on the Vision Blueprint. Special thanks to AMC Staff Honor McGee, Stephanie Bennett, Frantz Chery and our very own Youseline Poteau and Mike Gelin who coordinated with YPN group and facilitated another remarkable Day of Service.

“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. Since 1997, AMC has raised more than $7 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families.
In addition to supporting other non-profit organizations, Mourning has focused his attention on the development of education and enrichment programming for at-risk students. With the help of donors, Mourning opened the Overtown Youth Center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown. Another major program of AMC is the Honey Shine Mentoring Program that works to empower young girls to shine as women. The bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that make up the program helps develop and nurture the mind, body, and soul of young women, by providing experiences that enlighten and create balance in their lives.
Comments for YPN volunteers:

“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

“I enjoyed the Youth Summit. How refreshing to see young people motivated about their futures when all too often they’re 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
“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, and 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

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