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UNIDAD of Miami Beach Embraces the theme “Generation Y-Not”

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July 15, 2011

“This year, the New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute embraced the theme “Generation Y-NOT?” with the message that you can have it all, and still fail, or have nothing, and yet succeed. What makes the difference is the attitude towards life.

So we encouraged our youth to NOT live a life asking “Why?”,
instead always asking “Y-NOT?.”

Our Generation Y-NOT spokesperson this year was a woman who personifies the “Y-NOT?” attitude, Tia Norfleet (See Photo1&2).Ms. Norfleet, this year will be the first African-American Female NASCAR driver.

The institute also had the honored presence of the Mayor of Miami Beach , Matti Bower, Rick Beasley, Executive Director of the South Florida Workforce Investment Board , Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine whom was the recipient of the ‘2011 Education Excellence Award,” as well as James Loftus, Director of Miami Dade Police, recipient of the ‘2011 Leadership Excellence Award.” & Jessica Bentley, President of John Casablanca School of Modeling to present this year’s modeling scholarship to Camila Mannino, a 2011 NGLWI Graduate.

Mayor of Miami Beach , Matti Bower Rick Beasley, Executive Director of the
South Florida Workforce Investment Board
Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
James Loftus
Director of Miami Dade Police
Jessica Bentley, President of John Casablanca School
and Camila Mannino, a 2011 NGLWI Graduate

The City of Miami Beach & the South Florida Workforce Investment Board, longtime supporters and funders of UNIDAD of Miami Beach and The New Generation Leadership & Workforce Institute, were joined this year by VISA, COSTCO, Pollo Tropical, TD Bank, Terrero Films, WLRN, Florida Atlantic University, Miami Dade College & countless other professionals & guest speakers, in committing to our youth.

The highlight of the Summer Institute, was the “SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BIZPLAN COMPETITION” where all youth had to compete against each other for a grand prize of $1,500.00 and Recognition by the City of Miami Beach Commission. The business plan competition required the youth to start a business that sold either a product or a service that provided a positive socio-economic impact on the city of Miami Beach, OR, select and adopt an existing Non-Profit in Miami Beach, explain how they were going to support that non-profit, and explain in detail why that non-profit is an asset to the community. The SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BIZPLAN COMPETITION not only infuses financial literacy learning, networking and communicational skills and business management strategies into its curriculum, it more importantly teaches the value of social responsibility, and how a business does not sacrifice profit in being socially responsible. The BizPlan Competition was facilitated by AMPS International, a nationally recognized organization in youth development and empowerment strategies. James Amps, the CEO of AMPS International, also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Graduation on June 30th.

Social Entrepreneurship BizPlan Winners being honored by Miami Beach Commission