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Embrace Girls volunteer and support Opa Locka fire victims.

"The Embrace Girls Foundation is pouring into these girls so they can then light up the world." - 'Living Single' Actress Kim Coles

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Local Women Get Recognition for Embrace Girls Support

MIAMI LAKES — The Embrace Girl Foundation Inc. gives a nod to Women’s History Month by honoring local women who have been supportive of the organization. The women will be feted at 2 p.m. March 31 at Florida Memorial University during a meet-and-greet with Roslyn Clark-Artis, an honoree and the university’s first women president.Other honorees include Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, former Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson, Miami-Dade School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and radio personality Tamara Gant.“These women will be recognized for their mentorship and all that they have done for the organization as well,” said Embrace Girl’s executive director, Velma R. Lawrence.The Embrace Girl Foundation is a not-for-profit that provides after-school programs, camps and events for girls. The foundation is known for its celebrity attended tea parties, the latest coming up on March 30, at which actress, author and comedian Kim Coles is expected to attend.“She truly embraces girl power and all that the title describes. We’re looking forward to her visit with the girls,” said Lawrence, of Cole.Coles said she’s eager to meet the group of girls and join the tea party. “I’ve heard quite a bit about these little girls and their beautiful teas and engaging conversations,” she said.Coles’ career spans back to the 1990s. She has appeared in a host of shows including Frasier, Six Feet Under and The Geena Davis Show. She is best known for her roles on two of the 1990s hottest sitcoms: In Living Color and Living Single. She’s currently touring the country starring in the one-woman show Kim Coles’ Solo-Live ‘Oh But Wait, There’s More’ and promoting her most recent publication Gratitude Journal, a book that celebrates “the gift you are and those in your life.” Lawrence said the tea parties give the girls an opportunity to showcase their social, communication and etiquette skills learned as a result of their involvement in the program. The tea party with Coles is scheduled to make at the American Girl Store at the Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The next day, Coles will attend the meet and greet at FMU with Clark-Artis. International spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns will pay tribute to the women with a poem at the FMU event, Lawrence said.The many dignitaries and celebrities who have supported the organization by attending previous tea parties include former Florida First Lady Columba Bush, University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, The View’s Sherri Shepherd, Access Hollywood’s Terri Macleod, Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, actresses Keke Palmer, Kim Wayans and Janet Hubert as well as TV court show judges Lynn Toler, Glenda Hatchett, Marilyn Milian and Karen Mills-Francis.

New Union Boss a Hit with the Embrace Girls...

It was an early call for the girls from The Embrace Girls Foundation - 8:00 am report time - 9:00 am Tea Time. Yes, on Friday, June 10, 2013, the very first of day of Summer Break they were up before dawn to prepare for their signature event which in the past has featured the famous and even infamous.Monday's Tea was with the newly appointed United Teachers of Dade President, Fedrick Ingram, first African American and youngest to hold the position in the 50 year history of the Union.Perhaps that, coupled with a male presence at the normally women driven event is what made this Tea a special one for the elementary and middle school age girls who hung on Ingram's every word. "I really liked that he told us many times how beautiful and smart we are and how important it is for us know and believe that" said 10 year old Jeanette Dawson.Ingram, who grew up in poverty in Miami's inner-city pointed out the importance of having values, being obedient especially at home and how much easier life is for them pointing out how impressed he was with the girls fancy remodeled classroom. "Both my parents and I attended this very school Lenora B. Smith Elementary then, Allapattah Elementary but, they didn't have a beautiful room like this to come to nor did I, let alone travel and meet the many famous people you have" said Ingram making reference to the girl's newly renovated classroom they fondly refer to as "Glo's Girl Power! Room" donated by Gloria and Herb Barker of Barker Animation and Art Gallery and their celebrity Tea Parties.The once shy kid, largely because he stuttered through out his elementary school years recalled how difficult it was for him growing up. "It was hard but, I overcame, I had parents who gave me one of their greatest gifts their love and their belief in me and that is what I see here in this room with this organization" said Ingram equally impressed with the girls social, communication and etiquette skills. This is one of the greatest highlights of my job, to witness personally, the results of positive parenting, school engagement and community organizations coming together to empower and uplift our kids - especially our girls" said Ingram who was the first member of his family to graduate with a post-secondary degree.

The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.'s Dream Classroom
Sponsored By: Gloria and Herb Barker, Barker Animation Art Gallery
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Cox Media Group to Host Empowering Women's History Month Tea for Embrace Girls

Miami Gardens, Florida Monday, March 25, 2013:   On Thursday, March 19, 2013, Cox Media Group home of radio stations WEDR-99 Jamz, WHQT-Hot 105, WFLC 97.3 The Coast and WFEZ Easy 93.1, will hosted a Spring Tea Party at their Hollywood Officeswith members of The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., a long standing popular not for profit organization established 2001 that provides mentorship opportunities and after-school programs for girl.  The organization's signature event in recognition of Women's History Month matched girls ages 9-19 with Cox Media Group's leading female executives, on air personalities and support staff an empowering afternoon by all accounts.Following a tour of each station the girls sat down for a charming conversation over tea to discuss with key female executes,  radio personalities and support staff - including with Julie Guy-WFLC 97-3 the Coast Morning Show Personality,  Shelby Rushin-WEDR 99 Jamz Midday On-Air Personality, Susan Wise, WFEZ Easy 93.1 Morning Show Personality, Connie Winston, Payroll/AP Manager, Clover Williams, Cox Media Group Business Manager,  Miss Kimmy WEDR 99Jamz Morning Show Personality and  Traci Cloyd, WHQT-Hot-105 morning show News Reporter/Producer about their career choices as well as advice for todays young girls and, the media and entertainment industriesimpact on their lives and choices.I was blown away to have my questions directed to me in perfect Italian said 97.3 The Coast's, morning show host, Julie Guy, who speaks fluent Italian. These little girls really did their research.A sentiment echoed by Angelina Rosario, Media Consultant for WEDR 99-Jamz and WHQT-Hot-105. This was an awesome and equally moving experience for me  I truly wish I had a program like this when I was a little girl for me and my sisters said Rosario fighting back tears as she shared with the group her background appreciation and the need as she described for a place like this where girls can learn to be all that they can be - to overcome their insecurities and be exposed to positive influences.The organization has hosted hundreds of Tea's designed to  showcase each member's social, communication and etiquette skill set as well as bring awareness and needed funding resources for the  non-profit that serves more than 100 girls Monday through Saturday at several schools and centers throughout Miami-Dade County and Broward Counties. I think it's an amazing opportunity for the Embrace Girls Foundation to visit Cox Media Group. It gives the girls a chance to see the various positions that are held in this major company by many women of different ethnicities said WEDR-99 Jamz radio personality, Shelby Rushin I was more than impressed with the entire set-up from the beautiful room they created to the adorable girls that joined us five star. The girls learned the advances women have made in the industry from many who have been in the business several decades. It's important to understand that not long ago women were only hired for three jobs teachers, nurses or secretaries, said Executive, Connie Winston in charge of payroll for Cox Media Group adding that is why it is so important for girls to have these kinds of experiences.

Program members agree. This was the best Tea Party I've ever participated in said 11 year old Camelia Miles, adding it was more like a sister to sister wrap session everyone was open, honest and really wanted us to know how important making good choices about the people we associate with and our education our priority not boys or friends is what we should focus on right now.The organization has hosted seasonal Tea Parties in the past in the past with an array of dignitaries and celebrities  including Former First Lady, Columba Bush, University of Miami President, Donna Shalala, Actress/Comedian and the View's Co-Host, Sherri Shepherd,  Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Al Sharpton,  Actresses, Kim Wayans and Celebrity TV Court Show Judges, Lynn Toler, Glenda Hatchett and Marilyn Milian as well as our most recent Tea events with Florida Senator, Marco Rubio to name a few.


Release Date: Monday, June 11, 2012: On Thursday, May 31st more than half a dozen girls from the mentoring program, Embrace Girl Power After School Programs and Camps arrived at Miami International Airport to board an American Airlines flight to Washington, DC. An end of the year trip the girls had prepared for for months. "I was a bit hesitant, it was my daughter's first time on a plane and her first time traveling so far without me but, it was yet another experience of a lifetime offered by the program that I could not let her miss out on, said Sandra Boone mother of Embrace Girls member Tiyra Boone. An experience indeed. The 3 day 2 night trip included a VIP Capitol Tour, meet and greet with District 17 Representative, Frederica Wilson, visits to the King Monument and White House as well as the Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian American History Museum, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and a Tea Party at American Girl Place in nearby Virginia, the third American Girl Place Tea in as many years following their visits to the Los Angeles and New York stores.

"My daughter has been exposed to more in the five years she's been in this program than I have in my lifetime and more that I could offer her without the support and dedication of Embrace, said Cheryl Cason mother of member, Deja Delevaux adding these girls meet world leaders, celebrities and are called on to host community events, five star all the way. A sentiment echoed by longtime member, Gabrielle Michelle-Johnson. When I started this program I was in the 2nd grade and very shy and unsure of myself. I'm a different girl I've learned that self-confidence, social etiquette and understanding that my education is my priority and not friendships - added Johnson, an 8th grader this fall.

The girls were also responsible for writing about their daily experience and tracking their expenses. Each received a personal journal and expense report sheet they were asked to use to describe their daily spending and adventures. Important says program Director, Velma Lawrence as writing and math skills are a key component of the organization's "All Girl All Power! After School Academies" based in several Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

"It was great to see them each evening writing away about the day's events and calculating their receipts to reconcile their expenditures" added Lawrence.

Representative Wilson fielded a few questions from the girls and offered sisterly advice before racing off to the floor to vote - an engaging experience for the entire group. "It was so awesome to hear the bells ring and see the Congressman race off to vote some under ground where we'd just visited and some across the street with armed guards following said member, Deja Deleveaux adding "this was the best trip ever - I will never forget what Representative Wilson told us."

Her message was clear "you all are in a very special program said Wilson so, please listen to your parents and mentors and make good choices - stay together and make friends with people who want to do great things in life that is my message for you beautiful girls."

One truly embraced. "As a parent, truly wish there was a program like this when I was a young girl, it would have a really made a difference in my life" added Cason which is why I salute its supporters and funders."

The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., is a not for profit organization celebrating ten years of service offering elementary age girls daily after school programs; as well as it's Embrace Girls & Boys Summer Fun Camp and special social and cultural projects designed for teens. To donate or learn more about the organization call 305-779-3780.

Miami Gardens, Mayor Shirley Gibson congratulates  Velma R. Lawrence, Director of The EmbraceGirls Foundation at Aventura Marketing Council's New Member Breakfast on Friday, February 18th.

Miss Florida USA's Final Appearance

On Friday, May 27, 2011 the Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.,  hosted its farewell Tea recognizing Lissette Garcia, Miss Florida USA 2010, a long time program mentor.  The event, one of the organization's signature Socials was held at Midtown Miami's hottest venue, Villa221, located at 221 N.E. 17th Street, Miami, Florida 33132. "We are very proud of our partnership with the Miss Florida USA organization and the relationship the girls have acquired over the years with the young ladies from across the State who participant annually" said Velma R. Lawrence, CEO and Founder of the The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., and its Little Miss Princess Pageant adding "Lissette has been very active with our organization during her reign and so, the girls really wanted to do something special for her send off."Friday's Tea will be the final event of Garcia's reign prior to departing to Las Vegas to compete in the historic, Miss USA pageant live on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Sunday, June 19, 2011 along side delegates from 50 States and the District of Columbia.

She was presented with a special Recognition Plaque and lots of hugs and best wishes from her Tea Princesses and Title Holders from across the State. To enter your little princess in the organization's Little Miss Princess Benefit Pageant request an Application at info@embracegirlpower.org.

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Embracing International Girl Power!

Miami, Florida - Tuesday, February 15, 2011: Embrace Girls hosted a very special dinner party for honored guests; women political leaders from Iraq.  The delegations visit to South Florida was arranged by the Miami Council for International Visitors through the Mississippi Consortium for International Development in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional and sports exchange programs.

As contact between Arab nations and western democracies increase, the treatment of women at both the individual and institutional levels will become an increasingly important issue. The objective of the 21-day U.S. program, with stops in Washington D.C., Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and New York City, was to enhance the participants understanding of womens influence within the political sphere. The participants were introduced to a range of accomplished women leaders, such as elected officials, community activists and successful business women, who are dedicated to elevating the status of women by combating both the formal and informal processes that contribute to their social exclusion.

Arab Nations Event

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On Saturday, February 12th, Crescendos Restaurant in Midtown Miami provided the perfect setting for a memorable dinner where the Embrace Girls interacted with the four fabulous Iraqi women leaders.  The young ladies introduced themselves in Arabic and posed thoughtful and insightful questions to the visitors, who in turn were charmed and flattered by the attention.The Embrace Girls learned priceless information about the life and culture of women and children living in Iraq. The message of the evening that resonated with all in attendance was that acceptance, patience and understanding leads to peace, rather than the alternative of war and suffering. Iraqi Women Participants: Ms. Intisar Kareem Abdullah AL-HASAWEE, Director, Committee for the Resolution of Real Property Disputes, Ms. Samar Noor Mohammed Ahmed AL-ZORBATY, Government Staff Member, Financial Department, Ms. Anwar Ali Fikri Hasan HASAN, Baghdad Provincial Council Member, Ms. Ahlam Rashid Hamzah WTEFI Babil Provincial Council Member.