YWCA Miami

Racial Justice/Civil Rights Testimonies

Court Care Testimony
“I felt ashamed. I didn’t want my son to have to hear about that terrible incident again.”
                                                                           - Jessica explained.

She is taking her ex-boyfriend to court over his violent behavior. After years of abuse she is now ready to make a better life for her and her son Jacob. Last year she chose to take her son to the YWCA Miami Court Care center while she was in court for the domestic violence dispute.

As a new Miami resident with no reliable child care, she put off her court appearance twice for fear the whole process would be too hard on Jacob. “When I first stepped foot into the court care facility I could have cried. It was so bright and cheerful. The care takers were so reassuring that before I knew it I was even feeling more relaxed. I am so thankful that the YW Miami saw this need. So many people could use this kind of peace of mind as they handle legal matters.”

Jessica, YW Miami Court Cares Parent

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Youth Development Testimony

 




LC is one of our amazing mentors in the Clubhouse. LC began as a participant at the age of 14. When she began, she struggled to communicate with her peers, due to shyness and a lack of self-confidence. The YWCA Computer Clubhouse became a safe place for LC, where her love of technology and learning expanded exponentially. She participated in a teen summit where she connected with students from around the globe. This experience led to LC enhance her public speaking and communication skills. LC. Continued to advance in the program for another 4 years.

 

The Clubhouse counselors helped LC. to apply for college scholarships and decide on a career path that would allow her to use her interest in computers and writing. At the age of 18, LC. was awarded the College to Career Scholarship from the Boston Museum of Science Clubhouse program. This scholarship helped her to receive a degree from Miami Dade College. She then returned to the program as a mentor, to inspire other youth to break barriers and set high standards for achievement. This is just one of many ways that technology and college related support can have a transformative impact on the lives of youth.  >> Learn more




Early Childhood(Parent) Testimony

 



When my daughter entered into Mrs. Pierre class I requested that my daughter be given work that would challenge her seeing that I knew that she was very advance because of what I taught her before she entered head start. Not only did she challenge her but she also went beyond my expectations. My daughter now knows her numbers 1-100, she can add and subtract using the missing numbers, and read/write full sentences. I must say that watching Mrs. Sandra who speaks Spanish and Mrs. Pierre who speaks Creole had a huge impact on the kids that are coming into a school setting for first time especially the non-English speaking children because they taught them how to communicate in English fluently by communicating with them in their own language.

As for my daughter who only knew English upon entering the school, she now is able to communicate in Spanish thanks to Mrs. Sandra. I am not sure if you were at the graduation but I was amazed when I saw one of my daughter’s classmate, Saniya welcoming all of the guests in Spanish. I must say these 2years have been a huge blessing these two teacher's work hand in hand with each other. They have done an awesome job with open hearts and minds this is what our community needs more of. 

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Early Childhood Testimony

 

 

 

Vonda Stubblefield is a single parent of two children, an eleven-year-old and one-year-old. When she enrolled her youngest child into YWCA Cain Tower Early Head Start, Ms. Stubblefield was very excited about her child being in school and wanted to be a very active parent in the program. Since she was unemployed, she volunteered very frequently and always asked if there were additional activities that she could do with the children. When it was time for our parent meeting where we elected the Parent Committee Officers, Ms. Stubblefield was very eager and determined to become the Parent Committee President. However, she was voted as vice president.  

Everyone saw her being elected vice president as an accomplishment but she was saddened because she really wanted to be the president.

When her eyes filled with tears, the center director, Ms. Osline Pascal, pulled Ms. Stubblefield to the side in her office and gave her lots of encouragement. Ms. Pascal told her that all of her participation in the program had not gone unnoticed and she loved how she interacted with the children. She sat down with Ms. Stubblefield and asked her about her skills and interests. Ms. Stubblefield stated that she had some college credit and would be enrolling at Miami-Dade College the upcoming semester. Ms. Pascal then explained to her the steps and process of obtaining her 45-hour DCF Child Care Certificate and told her that she would be a great fit for the open position that our School Readiness Program had for a part-time caregiver.

In no time, Ms. Stubblefield completed her child care training, received her certificate, and Ms. Pascal gladly hired her as a part-time caregiver. When Ms. Stubblefield first came into the Early Head Start Program, I reviewed her Family Assessment and we both identified her strengths and needs while creating her family goal of obtaining employment. Since then, Ms. Stubblefield has successfully completed her family goal and is very grateful to Ms. Pascal for giving her the opportunity while now attending college and still volunteering extra time in the program.   >> Learn More




 



Early Childcare Testimony
Amy ( Early Childcare)


 


When my son was born in 2012, I had no doubts about where I wanted to enroll him in daycare. My older daughter had attended the YWCA Carol Center from about three months of age all the way through pre-K, under the care of very caring, competent teachers. I had been very anxious when she started at the Carol Center because she had been born with a critical congenital heart defect and had undergone open heart surgery only a month before. But I needn’t have worried… her teachers took excellent care of her.
Four years later when she underwent heart surgery a second time, her class sent her a giant homemade get well card that she has never forgotten!

So I was very comfortable with my decision to return to the “Carol Center family” with my son Xander. I was especially pleased to see that many of my daughter’s teachers were still working there… such a rarity in the high-turnover world of child care!

It’s unlikely Xander would have received these resources were it not for the efforts of the Carol Center to identify and address his unique needs. It’s sometimes hard for parents to know when and how to reach out for help, but the Carol Center made it so easy for me. I do know how critical the early childhood years are for overall child development, and I’m very grateful. Recently I told Xander’s story to a friend of mine who has worked in early childhood education for many years, and she was impressed. “You’re lucky,” she said, “you found a very good center.”
I couldn’t agree more.    >> Learn More


Court Care Testimony

Youth Development Testimony

Early Childhood(Parent) Testimony

Early Childhood Testimony

Early Childcare Testimony