By Stephanie Van Vark
MIAMI, FL — In honor of Women’s History Month, Urgent Inc. presents the “Bronze Bra Award” to eight recipients at this year’s “This Woman’s Work Event” on March 23, 2018, at the Cambridge Innovation Center Miami with a free event and open to the public. To RSVP, go to www.urgentinc.org
Sponsored by The Children’s Trust.
URGENT, Inc.’s Rites of Passage Youth Media Project and FACE (Film, Arts, Coding & Entrepreneurship) Programs have joined together to recognize and honor those who have shown support, provided direction and served to uplift the community. The event will showcase spoken word, a photography exhibit, short film and artistic presentations from youth ages 14-21 as well as special guests.
This year’s “Bronze Bra” Award recipients include Sponsor of the Year, Rick Beasley, Executive Director of Career Source South Florida; Volunteer of the Year Stephanie Sylvestre, The Children’s Trust CIO; Community Partner of the Year Timothy Barber, Executive Director of The Black Archives; Training Partner of the Year Jill Tracey of HOT 105; School Partner of the Year Principal Carla Patrick of Edison Park K-8 Center; and Business Partner of the Year Florida Film House. Secretly, a special award will be given to two dynamic participants of the Urgent, Inc. family, Naomi Wiggins, Grandparent of the Year and Marcus Williams, Youth Member of the Year. ”This is indeed a great honor. I will proudly display my Bronze Bra,” says Stephanie Sylvestre, who gave her personal time to teach and share her passion for crochet with the elementary age students in Urgent’s after school program in Overtown. Their works were featured in last year’s #OurVoiceMatters Art Exhibit during Soul Basel in Overtown. “It was so nice to see them get excited about learning crochet techniques. Even my boys loved it. It turned into a race to see who could create the longest strip in the fastest time.” Marco Mall, Executive Producer of Florida Film House, was both amused and pleased by the honor asking “Did you say Bra?” That question was immediately followed by a “Thank you.” Marco also shared, “I love filming movies, but I must say instructing the youth has become my favorite time. I feel as if we’re changing lives, giving kids opportunities, choices and alternatives other than what society expects of them.” “Daily, we aspire to innovate, grow and transform our youth so they are inspired to transform their community. But, we can’t do it alone. Our success depends on the support of community partners and those as passionate as we are. This is one of the many ways we like to say thank you to our partners in service,” says Saliha Nelson, Urgent, Inc.’s Vice President and Executive Director. We encourage the media to confirm attendance to secure a seat, as space is limited. To RSVP please contact Stephanie van Vark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.