Local foundation funds the South Miami Alliance for Youth

By Lee Stephens….
The South Miami Alliance for Youth (SMAFY) was awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation in support of its Youth Enhancement Skills ( YES) program. The YES program targets low-income students ages 5 to 14 who are struggling academically by empowering them to meet the demands of school and society successfully.

The Kennedy Foundation’s gift will assist in supporting a two-year program that develops strong reading comprehension skills for fifth-grade students enrolled in the South Miami K-8 Center School. Students who are in Intervention Groups as determined by the results of the Florida Assessment in Reading will be considered for tutoring. Teachers from the school will be tutoring between 30 and 40 students each year.

“We are so pleased that the Kennedy Foundation has recognized the value of the Alliance’s long-established programs to help the youth in our community,” said Daisy Harrell, President of the SMAFY board.

The South Miami Alliance for Youth is a non-profit organization established to empower the youth of South Miami to develop to their fullest potential. SMAFY has been providing assistance to community youth for 15 years via educational programming, scholarships, back-toschool giveaways and funding for South Miami youth sports programs.

The Alliance welcomes new board members and volunteers. Those interested in empowering local youth should contact Daisy Harrell at 305-546-8499.

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