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Independence through Education
Education should be an attainable goal for even the most disadvantaged. That's why we're here.
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Community Partners

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the largest institution of higher education in the country. Their eight campuses offer more than 300 educational pathways to a career.

Florida Foster Care Review
https://www.fostercarereview.org/

Provides a setting in which to promote the safety, well-being and long-term success of abused and neglected children, ages 0-18, through volunteer-driven case reviews and system level advocacy.

DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE GROUP, INC.
https://www.justdigit.org/

Provides expanded opportunities for participation, education, employment, and acceptance of persons with disabilities through advocacy, litigation, education, and training.

Florida Atlantic University
https://www.fau.edu/uas/educatetomorrow/index.php

Educate Tomorrow at FAU (ET @ FAU) is a comprehensive program designed specifically for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. The program provides students with wrap-around services from admission to graduation, with a goal of creating a strong foundation of support, academic coaching, career advising, and access to services on and off-campus.

Guitars Over Guns and Music Solution Lab
https://www.guitarsoverguns.org/

Provides students of all ages from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice and reach their potential as tomorrow's leaders.

Casa Valentina
http://www.casavalentina.org/

Affordable Housing for Young Women Emerging from Foster Care on the Road to Independence

Lack of housing is by far the most difficult and most frequent obstacle that faces mentors and foster youth in our program. We have found that a secure and stable home environment really gives the youth the foundation they need to finish school and go to college. For these reasons and more, Casa Valentina is one of the most important projects for the foster care population in our community.

The Florida Department of Children and Families
http://www.myflfamilies.com/

The Florida Department of Children and Families has adopted an integrated approach to programs and services as we work to help improve the lives of individuals and families.

We also offer services that help families on a day-to-day basis. We provide food stamps and temporary cash assistance and determine eligibility for Medicaid. We provide access to substance abuse and mental health treatment and we work with community partners who provide services to families threatened by homelessness and domestic violence.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
http://www.guardianadlitem.org/att_conf_train.asp

Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students.

Lawyers For Children America
http://www.lawyersforchildrenamerica.org/matriarch/default.asp

Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students.

Citrus Family Care Network
http://www.citrushealth.org/education

Provides physical and behavioral health care, school-based health programs, and housing and is the Community Based Care Lead Agency for foster care and related services in Miami-Dade and Monroe. Citrus FCN is a division of Citrus Health Network.

 

University of Miami Children & Youth Law Clinic
http://www.law.miami.edu/clinics/cylc/

Affiliation: Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students. 

Voices For Children Foundation
http://voices4.org/

Voices For Children's support enables the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program to recruit, train, and support volunteers to serve as the "voice" for abused, abandoned, and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in dependency court proceedings, the only organization that provides this type of caring and objective voice in court. Guardians Ad Litem make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. Voices' financial support also helps fulfill the children's medical, educational, and social needs.