Help Our Youth this Holiday Season
This holiday season we should help those in our own community. Poverty, homelessness, educational gaps, and disabilities are just a few obstacles the youth in South Florida face. Luckily, anyone can contribute time or money to help our peers get ahead and stay ahead.
Learn more about organizations in South Florida and around the United States that are helping children and youth locally and globally.
Run on a national level, the organizations listed below help kids around the United States and some also abroad. All have an ‘A’ range rank by Charity Watch and could use some extra cash. So if you have any left over holiday money, a bigger-than-usual paycheck or you’re eager to organize a fundraiser, consider some of these organizations.
Child Find of America
According to Child Find of America, 2,300 children in the U.S. go missing every day. Child Find provides free investigation, location and mediation services to families of lost children as well as prevention programs and support services. To learn more visit www.childfindofamerica.org.
Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund focuses on “leveling the playing field” for children living in poverty. Issues regularly tackled are education, abuse and healthcare. To learn more visit www.childrensdefense.org.
Prevent Child Abuse America
With a network in 50 states and of 600 home visiting sites, Prevent Child Abuse America works to prevent and end abuse and neglect. The organization promotes evidence-based frameworks of advocating for children. To learn more visit www.preventchildabuse.org.
Save the Children
Save the Children works in 120 countries, including the United States, to fight hunger among children and advocate for them after disasters. An extensive gift catalog allows donors to give animals or educational tools to children through sponsorship. To learn more visit www.savethechildren.org.
The Trevor Project
Born from an Academy Award-winning short film, The Trevor Project is a crisis and suicide prevention organization that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Crisis services include a call, online chat and text message crisis line. To learn how to donate or become a crisis line or chat volunteer visit www.thetrevorproject.org.
Although some of these organizations are connected nationally, local programs are working to change individual communities. Learn not only how to donate money, but donate face time to these youth charities.
Inner City Youth Performing Arts
In this program, underserved youth gain access to high quality education in violin, piano, cello, voice, percussion and dance. Started in February of 2013, the program prepares students to continue their education and career in performance art. To learn more about the program visit www.icypa.org.
Pridelines Youth Service
Dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and allies ages 13 to 24, Pridelines is a day youth center in Miami-Dade County. While Pridelines has an item wish list, they are also in need of volunteers for events, program facilitation, committees and office duties. To learn more about the program visit www.pridelines.org.
Special Olympics of Florida
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization and the Special Olympics of Florida includes Miami-Dade and Broward chapters. To learn how to become a volunteer or coach visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.
Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Miami
Ever thought about being a mentor? Big brothers and sisters commit mentorship time to at-risk youth, forming long-term connections. To learn how to become a mentor visit www.wementor.org.
by Laura Herrera