Moving Us Forward – January / February 2020

Moving Us Forward – January / February 2020

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YMCA King Holiday celebrations

The YMCA of South Florida’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Weekend of activities featured keynote speaker Minnijean Brown-Trickey, one of the courageous Little Rock Nine members, who was instrumental in desegregating the South in 1957.

The Inspirational Breakfast in Fort Lauderdale and the Inspirational Luncheon in Miami welcomed nearly 800 business and community leaders. The breakfast and luncheon included Community Spirit Awards, honoring the work of local community leaders, as well as, providing Youth Leadership Scholarship Awards in recognition of commitment to social activism, civic engagement and the diversity ideals of Dr. King. Honorees this year include Irma Hunter Wesley of Fort Lauderdale and Enid Pinkney of Miami. Youth honorees are Darrin Decembre of Deerfield High School and Andreen White of Boyd Anderson High School.

This year’s activities kicked off with pre-event reception with sponsors and YMCA Youth Program Teens who were given an opportunity to ask Mrs. Brown-Trickey questions about civil rights and her experience as one of the Little Rock Nine.

The weekend of activities concluded with an MLK Day of Service on the King Holiday with opportunities for community residents to give back and Stand for Something in Miami Dade and Broward counties. There were nearly 400 volunteers who came together to give back to their community. They participated in service projects that included community cleanups, putting together person hygiene care packages for the less fortunate, creating Little Libraries to house free books, community garden beautification, and tree giveaway and ecosystem education.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support, especially our major sponsors: breakfast – JM Family Enterprises; luncheon – Miami Heat Charitable Fund; and Day of Service – Broward College, Ocean Bank and FPL.

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CEO Message

Last year was a very busy year and 2020 is shaping up to be just as busy and even more exciting. We’ve had some amazing events in the first month of the year with our Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast, Luncheon and Day of Service. And going into February, we are announcing our new partnership with Cleveland Clinic at the Weston Y.

Sheryl Woods - President & Chief Executive Officer

Sheryl A. Woods

With a focus on nurturing, educating and growing youth as such a large part of the work we do at the Y, we took the opportunity this year to include students from our youth programs in every aspect of our MLK Inspirational Weekend. We kicked it off with a reception that allowed our Y afterschool program students to engage with and ask questions of our speaker – Minnijean Brown-Trickey, who was one of the Little Rock Nine. The students were fabulous and so was she. Her poise and insight made for wonderful chairside chats at our breakfast and luncheon.

We impacted a lot of lives that weekend. We had nearly 800 community leaders attend the breakfast and luncheon events; and over 370 volunteers turn out for the Day of Service projects at Allapattah YMCA and L.A. Lee YMCAs. The weekend was a tremendous success!

On February 20, we look forward to celebrating our new partnership with Cleveland Clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Y and Cleveland Clinic have partnered to provide rehabilitation services to its patients and the Weston community through a Physical Therapy facility, located in the Weston YMCA, and health and wellness education programs. Through this partnership, we will work together to create a healthier and stronger community.

My vision for 2020 is to continue to make more impact on lives in South Florida and make our organization stronger. Our focus will be on raising the bar on everything we do – Y programs and services, fundraising, and sharing the good news of what we do with our community.

The year ahead will be filled with many great events, so let’s get ready for a great 2020 at the Y!


Partnering to provide health options in Weston community

The YMCA of South Florida has a new partnership with Cleveland Clinic Weston to offer rehabilitation services and health and wellness education programs to patients and residents in Weston and the surrounding community.

Bridging the Gap in the Sistrunk Community

The L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center hosted a Community Fish Fry as part of the “bridge the gap” movement designed to engage the residents of Sistrunk and Fort Lauderdale with Fort Lauderdale Police Officers.

Homestead Y makes kids safer around water

Thanks to an Ocean Reef Community Foundation Grant, the Homestead YMCA Family Center has partnered Le Jardin Head Start to teach 500 kids ages 3 to 5 years old how to swim at the Y as a part of their school day program.

Helping young girls grow and develop positively

The Homestead YMCA and Homestead Hospital – Baptist Health kicked off the first in a series of workshops for the community. Girls Night Out, a fun interactive program for girls 8-11 years old and their parent or guardian.

Making meaningful change in your community

Providing healthy living options for everyone in our community is what the YMCA does every day. And whether it’s in our afterschool programs, youth sports, group exercise class, swim lessons or teen leadership, the Y gives everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential and become healthier in spirit, mind and body.

New L.A. Lee YMCA construction underway

Construction on the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center is moving along. Since the groundbreaking in November, the first month was spent on grading and compacting. Now, the crew is working on building the foundation that will support the brand new Y. We’ll keep you updated as the project progresses. Take a look at the progress so far in our video.

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10 AM Thursday, February 20


10 AM – 1 PM Saturday, February 22

Weston YMCA Family Center
20201 Saddle Club Road
Weston, FL 33327

THE WIZ 2.0, a YMCA Teen Broadway Production

5 PM February 29

Come and experience an evening of musical theatre presented by our local community youth thespians. Enjoy their Fort Lauderdale version of the well-known play The Wiz.
L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center
408 NW 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Tickets: $15 In Advance | $20 At the Door
Contact: [email protected] or 954-467-2444

YMCA Young Professionals Love Your Community Networking Mixer

6 PM – 8 PM Feb 13

The Globe
377 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables 33134

Donation: $25

Y in the News


This year’s Breakfast and Day of Service received media coverage. There were 3 TV News Stations – WSVN 7, CBS 4 Miami and WPLG Local 10 – at the Inspirational Breakfast, and WSVN 7 sent 2 cameramen and a reporter to the L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center for the Day of Service.

Inspirational Breakfast
CBS 4 Miami

Inspirational Breakfast

Day of Service