Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers of South Florida

Empowered Youth - Food for Homeless Students + Jobs for At-Risk Youth

16 Apr 2020 10:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

COVID-19 Response  x 2

Food for Homeless Students  +  Jobs for At-Risk Youth

One donation --  2 good causes

Goal – 50 meals each Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday thru 4-30-20

 

 Empowered Youth (EY) offers inner-city young men, aged 14-25 a bridge out of poverty and violence. The EY food truck in Wynwood provides them training and employment through a Culinary Arts Program – but its continued success depends on customers – a challenge in the age of Covid-19. 

 

Meanwhile, Darlene Plummer, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Project Upstart liaison and Community Involvement Specialist is working to get nutritious meals for 50+ homeless highschool students, 18 of whom live in cars with other family members, with no facilities to prepare food. The Rotary Club of Perrine Cutler Ridge is providing dinners on MWF. A team of homeless mothers, under the supervision of an employee of Christ Fellowship,  helps with distribution. 

 

EY has agreed to deliver 50 meals at $10 each to help fill the service gap in Darlene's program.  If you would like to help fund this effort, please send a check to Empowered Youth, 1450 Brickell Bay Dr #1414, Miami, Florida, 33131 or donate online through the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove. Please write in the space provided for notes that the donation is for food truck meals. If you send a check, please send an email to JBFickel@comcast.net to let us know your help is on the way. 

 

Colleen Adams, founder and CEO of Empowered Youth writes: “I am so sincerely happy to help the students, as many of my students have experienced homelessness themselves, and it will make them feel genuinely grateful to help these students.”  

 

Last year all of the homeless graduates at Darlene's school went on to either college (46) or the military (2). Darlene does whatever it takes to give these students the futures they deserve. 


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