Get Real Mentoring
Funded by the State of Florida, Get Real is currently offered in two middle schools, in Miami-Dade County. Get Real targets low-income, at-risk middle school girls who are referred to the program by counselors and teachers. It addresses the literacy gap with reading programs and also aims to develop character and self-esteem. Girls participate in a character-building course called Girls Circle that strengthens decision-making skills and reduces risk-taking behavior.
Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors in the participating middle schools. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, or if you have questions
Contact Lori Ross, Director of Programs
Decisions For Your Life
Decisions For Your Life, co-sponsored by Miami-Dade County and the United Way, is open to girls ages 5-17 and delivers prevention program activities in a community-based setting. This prevention program operates in 11 public housing communities throughout Miami-Dade County and serves to identify key components dealing with the underlying causes of teen pregnancy and helps reduce delinquency and school drop-out rates. The program also helps girls develop self-esteem, self-reliance and coping mechanisms to prevent peer pressure and premature sexual involvement. Decisions For Your Life provides positive role models within the community, enhances self-worth and promotes a positive values system.
The program serves more than 300 girls during the school year through weekly after school programs and weekend activities, including meetings at housing community centers or adjacent school facilities led by volunteers and Girl Scout staff, coordinated activities, specialized training and goal-specific field trips and community service.
The outcomes of Decisions For Your Life are to reduce teen pregnancy, youth crime and violence, enhance decision-making and coping skills, teach the ability to set personal goals and attain them, improve conflict-resolution skills and to create a more resilient, young workforce. The nationally recognized “Baby Think It Over” program, which uses computerized babies that simulate actual babies, is used in this program and has far reaching affects on the girls as they make critical decisions on early sexual involvement and the consequences.
Shanea Reed, Decisions for Your Life Manager