Trust Insider
April 2017
Making History Come to Life
Congressman John Lewis addresses Miami students.
Congressman John Lewis, joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, visited Miami earlier this month for a special event that gave local students the chance to get up close and personal with the iconic civil rights activist.
The trio took to the stage at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to discuss its award-winning graphic novel trilogy March, delivering the experience of a lifetime to more than 1,200 students and hundreds more members of the general public, as Congressman Lewis shared his personal recollections of the civil rights movement and speaking on the steps of the nation's capital alongside Martin Luther King Jr.
Hosted by Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library, the event was sponsored by The Children's Trust, The Children's Movement of Florida, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, HistoryMiami Museum and Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Photo: Gregory Reed 
GOAL! Bringing Organized Soccer to Miami Children & Youth
Soccer coach-mentors prep for the season.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation and The Children's Trust are bringing the game to hundreds of underserved children and youth in Miami-Dade County.
Supported by a coalition of local municipalities and agencies convened by The Trust, the free, countywide soccer program - set for a soft launch in time for summer - recently held a special training day for 25 coach-mentors who were schooled on using soccer as a vehicle for promoting teamwork, nutrition and physical fitness.
Program partners include City of North Miami , Liberty City Optimist Club , City of Miami , FLIPANY and FAB Sports . The program will serve approximately 1,000 participants.
Interested in learning more about the program? Contact Christine Selby at

Spreading Kindness, Empathy & Understanding
Connect Miami launches with a Facebook Live news conference.
The Children's Trust, MCCJ , Miami Foundation , Miami Herald and United Way of Miami-Dade have come together to promote Connect Miami , a grassroots initiative encouraging one-on-one connections between people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The goal? Genuine, meaningful relationships rooted in kindness and empathy that will strengthen our communities.
"It's our intention - and our hope - to facilitate better understanding and respect between Miami residents," says Stephanie Sylvestre, chief programs officer/CIO at The Trust. "We're kicking that off with a 10 Days of Connection Challenge from May 22 to May 31, and sharing resources on how to join in on the Connect Miami website."
Learn more about the Connection Challenge at .
Photo: Miami Herald

Feeling Kinda Blue - And Loving It!
The Trust lights it up blue.
Trust staffers donned their best blue togs for Light It Up Blue , an annual campaign created to support autism awareness and to help promote greater understanding and acceptance of the disorder.
There are an estimated 3 million people on the autism spectrum in the United States. Visit to learn more. 
Celebrating the Successes of the Agencies We Support
Marking a milestone with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.
Trust President/CEO James R. Haj was on hand to honor an important step forward for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 's under-construction Learning Center for Children.
The "topping off" ceremony, hosted by project builder Munilla Construction Management , acknowledged a tradition of marking the installation of the highest point of structure on a new building. Lighthouse observed the occasion with an American flag presented to the agency by Sen. Marco Rubio for its 85 years of service to the community.
The 72,000-square-foot Learning Center for Children will be completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Trust Insider is a monthly newsletter created to keep the Miami-Dade community in the know about the programs, initiatives, events and outreach efforts The Children's Trust takes part in that benefit children and families.

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