Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Parent to Parent: Sponsor a Student
Students in one South Florida community are overcoming enormous odds thanks to a very special center. Now, a former Miami Heat star wants to take it to the next level with a new program. 7's Lynn Martinez shows us in tonight's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Beauty Griffin is so proud of her granddaughter Deborah.
Beauty Griffin: "Her mom died when she was like going on 5-years-old, and I've had her ever since."
Deborah is now graduating high school with a bright future. Both she and her grandmother give credit to the Overtown Youth Center for her success.
DeBorah Breedelove: "They not only teach us the importance of education, they teach us the importance of giving back, which is another fundamental you should have in your life."
The center funded by Alonzo Mourning charities provides a safe haven for kids who live in Overtown.
Kids come here after school to enjoy activities they might never be exposed to.
Tina Brown: "Art, drama, dance, music, foreign language, culinary classes."
Education is the main focus and in a community where only two out of 12 students graduate high school, Zo says a place like this is critical.
Alonzo Mourning: "The one thing we kinda hang our hats on is the fact that 100 percent of our kids graduate from high school."
But Zo wanted more so he's launching a new program called Sponsor a Student.
Alonzo Mourning: "So Sponsor a Student was created to try to stimulate the involvement of the community."
The program calls on donors to make a commitment. The money will pay for field trips and supplies for students in public schools to ensure they graduate high school and go on to college.
Alonzo Mourning: "Life has options and education helps children create those options."
Deborah is living proof of that she even developed a project to help others in her community.
DeBorah Breedelove: "I created the project called Help Every Last Person project, that would help the homeless not only get food and hygiene products, but it also allowed them to understand that people really do care."
She's excited about attending college in the fall proving despite the odds you can achieve your dreams.
DeBorah Breedelove: "You have to keep moving on, you can't let nothing stop you from moving on with your life."
Lynn Martinez: "Alonzo is hoping the Sponsor a Student program will eventually become a national model."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Alonzo Mourning Offices
Tel: (305) 476-0095
Overtown Youth Center
450 Northwest 14th Street
Miami, FL 33136-2636
Tel: (305) 349-1204