SunServe: Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Wilton Manors-based SunServe offers free and sliding scale services to individuals of all ages in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Question (LGBTQ) community.  The organization provides youth programming throughout Broward County, including an effort to provide role models through the  “Making it Better” projectMental health counseling is available as well as senior respite care and educational training for nurses, health care workers and mental health professionals.  Listen as Executive Director Mark Ketcham and board member Jaime Yordán-Frau, M.S., explain how SunServe has made a difference in the lives of so many people and how you can support them with your gifts of time, talents and financial resources.  To find out more, call 954-764-5150 or visit their web site.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: SunServe Social Services, Inc.  04/01/12

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

Almost one in 17 girls in the six-county district of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is a Girl Scout, according to CEO Denise Valz. Yet, as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, she worries about the other 16 girls.  Listen as she and her program director, Demi Clemens, describe the varied programs available to girls ages 5 to 17 to develop self confidence, leadership skills and valuable knowledge for life.  From programs led by women engineers to financial literacy training through cookie sales, Girl Scouts today help prepare girls for the future through fun, enriching programs for troops as well as individuals.  You’ll also hear from long-time Girl Scout, Sara Recht, who started as a Daisy at age 5 and is now in 8th grade at Eagles Landing Middle School.  For more information about the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, call 561-427-0178 or visit their website. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida  03/25/12

My Choice Community Development

Motivated by her own poor choices as a teenager, Altermease Kendrick made it her life passion to help guide a new generation of children down a different path. She founded My Choice Community Development in 2003 to provide after school care, tutoring, community field trips and parental support to families in the North Riviera Beach and Lake Park neighborhoodsListen as she and her organization’s board members Gerald Adams and Mario Dickerson describe how these programs have changed the lives of hundreds of young peopleMy Choice currently is building a new charter school that will expand its offerings to neighborhood children.  For information about how you can support their efforts with your time and financial support, call 561-844-2173,  or visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: My Choice Community Development 03/18/12

Alan Jacobson & The Plaza Theatre

Alan Jacobson enjoyed a successful business career but always dreamed of being a full-time actorListen to him discuss his lifelong journey that led to the opening of the new Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, across the street from the Ritz-Carlton.  The small community theatre will be home to such popular shows as a Neil Sedaka revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a Barry Manilow revue, a ’70s revue, a revival of the ’50s revue Music! Music! Music!, a tribute to Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Carole King; a one-man comedy Defending the Caveman; and Food Fight: A Musical Comedy for Waist Watchers, which Jacobson developed and toured.  Tickets start at only $39 with deep discounts for groups. For more information, call 561-588-1820, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Alan Jacobson & The Plaza Theatre   03/11/12

Partners in Education

Broward Partners in Education makes a difference in schools. Listen to Nina Randall, the executive director of Broward Public Schools Partners in Education, explain how local businesses paired with individual schools provide much-needed resources and curriculum stimulus to students.  Louis M. Ruccolo, the District’s transition coordinator, explains how partnerships with hospitals and other companies enable students with various disabilities to develop important job readiness skillsLeona Miracola  adds her stories about the impact local professionals have on enhancing programs at magnet schools.  For information about how you can become a partner or support these programs, call 754-321-1974, or visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Partners in Education.  03/04/12

Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County & Americorp VISTA

Thanks to an international program dedicated to fighting poverty, Americorp VISTA, the Homeless Coalition in Palm Beach County is able to add six staff members every year.  VISTA volunteers dedicate one year to serving as volunteers in the battle against homelessness in our community.  Listen to our guests describe how they work to serve more than 1400 homeless students in the public schools and countless others who live in poverty throughout the county.  Their goal is to end homelessness in the next decade, starting with a new homeless resource center.  Find out how you can help reach this goal by visiting the coalition web site here. For more information about the Americorp VISTA program, visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.  02/26/12

The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Both Alejandro (Alex) Lutin and Sherrod Nelson faced life-changing injuries that confined them to wheelchairs.  Both felt alone in their struggles.   Alex turned his life around by helping to start the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, which today gives hope to almost 800 people statewide who face a variety of physical challenges.  Sherrod discovered the group through the urging of his wife, who was concerned about his depression.  Be inspired by these two high-energy individuals as they describe how they help change lives.

They also run a professional wheel chair basketball team, the Sunrise Sun, plan regular social and educational programs for their members and are starting a crusade to build a handicapped-equipped gym in Broward County.  For more information, call Rob at 954-603-3143 or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Spinal Cord Injury Support Group. 02/05/12

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