Getting Children of Prisoners Equipped for the School Year
by Brittney Daniels
Prior to the start of the school year, Silent Victims of Crime (SVC) prepped students participating in Teen LEADERship Miami for back to school. The Miami Global Colombian Lions Club and Styles Saves were instrumental in getting these children confident and equipped for the year.
The first event in July was with the Lions Club. Each year they invite Miami-Dade county students from several local organization to a shopping spree for school supplies at Wal-Mart. The day began with a light breakfast and a few words from chapter president, Luis Olarte. The students were then paired with a volunteer and given a list of the required supplies for their specified school and grade. SVC’s LEADERS look forward to this event each year because they get to go shopping with a mentor other than their caregiver and candidly talk about their hopes for the coming year.
The next event was Styles Saves 5th Annual ‘Crazy Cool 4 Back-to-School’ weekend at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Held Saturday and Sunday, before the 1st day of school in Miami-Dade and surrounding counties, Style Saves turns the Adrienne Arsht Center into a teenager’s dream department store stocked full of clothing, shoes and accessories.
A non-profit organization, Style Saves outfits students with brand-new and FREE school uniforms and clothing. At this year’s event, over 2,000 kids from Miami to Homestead were given free haircuts, school supplies, back packs, and prescription eyewear. SVC’s LEADERS ask about this event year round and we are grateful they always make room for us.
Thanks to both the Miami Global Colombian Lions Club and Styles Saves, SVC was able to send their students back to school with everything they need for a fresh and confident start.