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The Davie Ranch is less than an hour’s drive from the homeless shelter in Miami, but it feels like a different planet for the kids enrolled in the James Jones Crew22 Training Camp.
Many of these boys and girls have never seen a horse up close, let alone ride one. Horseback riding just isn’t on the radar of things to do for homeless kids who are more concerned with getting three meals a day and having clothes to wear, so a field trip to the ranch was an incredible experience for them.
The Children’s Movement of Florida has emerged this past year to become the most advanced statewide advocacy organizations for children’s issues in the United States. One of their most ambitious and now successful campaigns was the Milk Party Organized 17 “Milk Party” rallies from Pensacola to Key West with a total attendance of 15,000. This issue has become so prominent that CNN covered it in an exclusive.
“He’s tall,” said 13-year-old Iyonna Knight when she first spotted the Miami Heat’s hometown star. Knight is one of 57 foster kids at the James Jones Legacy Foundation Summer Youth Enrichment Camp.It’s a partnership with the state’s Department of Children and Families, which runs ‘Camps for Champions.’ Florida International University and other volunteers also make it possible.
Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson has both a professional and a personal interest in bringing The Children’s Miami Heart Gallery, the museum-quality traveling photo exhibition of foster children, “close to home.” With 45 foster care homes in the city, the mayor wants to raise awareness of these children who hope to be adopted, most of them black, any way she can. The mayor remembers, too, a relative of hers who raised several foster care girls – and changed their lives.
Milk is the new Tea. At least that’s what former Miami Herald publisher Dave Lawrence would like his fellow Floridians to believe when, next month, the long-time child advocate will host a series of statewide rallies he’s dubbed Milk Parties.
Cookies and milk will be served, but there will also be strong medicine discussed: How to best attack the woefully sad Florida track record with the state’s children.
As appeared in The Miami Herald on Sept. 3, 2008.
That quite remarkable victory last week wasn’t just because we are on the side of the angels (though we are). The Children’s Trust was reaffirmed by voters, 86 percent to 14 percent. How did that happen? What does it tell us about the future of our community?
Supporters of the Miami-Dade Children’s Trust have laid plans for a $1 million-plus campaign for renewal of the half-mil tax that raises about $100 million annually to enhance the health, development and safety of children.
The half-mil tax won voter approval by a two-to-one margin five years ago. But today’s worsening economic times could make it difficult to achieve the overwhelming voter support received in 2002, supporters say, though they note that safety nets for infants and children are needed more than ever when households are in financial peril.