In high school, the hardest part about my AP chemistry homework wasn’t the subject matter — it was the drug dealers, gunshots and fatal shootings outside the apartment where I lived with my mother. It was the fear of being envied or harmed for trying to pursue a better life.
Although my work in the pharmacy field is rewarding, my experiences as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami enabled me to fulfill my life goal of making a direct and positive impact by improving the course of someone’s life.
Thousands of children in Miami are living in risk. They are at risk of not graduating high school, at risk of making poor decisions that may jeopardize their futures or at risk of not realizing their potential because they don’t understand the opportunities and choices available to them. For those involved with gangs or other negative groups, there are life-and-death risks.
More than 20 years after making its first donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Carnival Foundation on Wednesday will announce a $5 million gift to help the nonprofit organization move into a permanent home.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami has found an even ‘bigger’ brother in Miami-based Carnival Corporation.
The year that just ended brought continued progress in education — with a growing awareness of the role that emotional and mental wellness play in children’s academic progress. Also 2014 demonstrated that early detection and intervention of challenges to that emotional wellness can help prevent tragedies like the shootings that occurred at Florida State University and other communities across the country.