Youth Organizations Miami

Our Team

 

 

Horace Roberts Horace W. Roberts – Chief Executive Officer
A Vietnam Veteran who was raised in Liberty City's James E. Scott Housing Projects, He attended Holmes Elementary, Dorsey Middle School and Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Later, he graduated from Barry University's School of Social Work with a Master's Degree. He is a founding member and was part of the first youth group at Belafonte TACOLCY Center in 1967. He has been employed by the agency since 1979. He also serves as the agency's historian and photographer. He's married, a father and Grandfather.

 

Anthony WilliamsAnthony D. Williams – HR/Care Coordinator Supervisor and Family Assistance with Suspension and Termination Programs 
Mr. Anthony Williams was born in Miami, FL. After graduating from Miami Northwestern Senior High School he attended Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He furthered his education by attending Florida State University where he obtained a Master’s in Educational Administration/Public Administration. Mr. Williams has experience in administration, human resources, and labor relations. He is a former teacher, having taught school on both the public school and university level.
 

 

Cedric Hooper, Jr.Cedric Hooper, Jr. - Athletic Director
Mr. Cedric Hooper (“Coach Ced”) was born in Texas and raised in Miami, FL. He attended Miami-Dade public schools from K-12 and had a brief stent at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He went on to Miami-Dade College and finished up his education at Sports Management Worldwide where he received a degree in Athlete Management. As a young boy, he played basketball, ran track & field and played football for Miami Central Senior High School from 1993-1997. He came to TACOLCY in 2000 as a recreation aid then later became the Athletic Director. During his time with the organization, TACOLCY has become one of the most talked about youth sports programs in the Dade county area.

 

Mischa Grisson-DarrisawMischa Grissom-Darrisaw – Assistant Care Coordinator
Ms. Mischa Grisson-Darrisaw, a Navy veteran, was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating from Miami Northwestern Sr. High Community School, she attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where she received her BSW and bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mrs. Darrisaw was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and is now a Navy reservist. She is proud to be a part of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center organization, serving her hometown, community.

 

Andrea MooreAndrea Moore – Assistant Care Coordinator
Andrea was born and raised in the Liberty area, where she attended Charles Drew Elementary and Miami Springs Middle/High School. After obtaining her Diploma, she moved to Tallahassee to study at the wonderful Florida A&M University where she received her Bachelors in Social Work. Andrea is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Florida International University in Miami. “I am excited to be a part of this wonderful team at the TACOLCY Center, providing for those in my home area.”

 

Sherri JonesSherri Jones – Child Care License Director
Ms. Sherri Jones graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, TV and Film. She has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Her know-how and connections has afforded her the ability to work in editorial, online publishing, marketing as well as public relations. Prior to becoming the child care program director at TACOLCY, she was a freelance writer formerly employed with Carnival Cruise Lines in Marketing, BET/Heart & Soul, the Crisis and U.S. News and World Report magazines. Her independent writing days allowed her to spend a great deal of time working within the Miami nonprofit sector, giving back to various organizations.

 

Martiska ThompsonMartiska Thompson – Out-of-School Instructor and Summer Site Coordinator
Ms. Martiska Thompson has worked with the Belafonte TACOLCY Center since 2014. She started her career here as a soccer coach. She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on her Bachelor’s. A daughter, sister and friend to many; and when she is not surrounded by kids, she enjoys shopping.


 
 

Marquita FrancoisMarquita Francois – Out-of-School Instructor
I am a mother to a handsome 3 tear old. Working with kids has always been my interest. Helping kids to become the best they can be is a rewarding accomplishment for me. My hobbies are watching TV and eating (food is life) LOL….


 
 

Brandy WilliamsBrandy Williams – Afterschool Transportation Provider
Ms. Brandy Williams has been an integral part of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center’s afterschool transportation team since March 2016. She also works as a Servant Leader Intern for our Summer Enrichment Program. Prior to joining TACOLCY, she worked with children in early childhood development for approximately ten years. Ms. Williams has two daughters and feels that working with kids is a pleasure because they have sweet souls – she says, “They love to learn and have a drive to want to achieve the fundamentals of learning.”


 
 

Tina PaulkTina Paulk – Afterschool Transportation Provider
Tina Paulk, also none as Tina Brown. Born and raised in Miami fl. works for Miami Dade County in transportation. She’s a single mother to a 13 year old son. She also coach cheer leaders at Edison high school and volunteers at several parks to keep young scholars active and gives big sisters advice when needed. She is a member of Girl Scouts and volunteered at boys scouts when needed. My goal is to start my own nonprofit sports program to give hope and push our young children to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams. My passion is dance and singing and I love being a coach.


 
 

Christopher L. MooreChristopher L. Moore – Certified Teacher
Christopher L. Moore was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. He was educated by the Saint Louis Public Schools system and graduated from Gateway Institute of Technology as Student Government President with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. He went on to graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor's of arts in history from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Mr. Moore joined the Teach For Americorps the following year and was assigned to the Miami Dade County Public School district. Since 2016, he has shown a commitment to youth driven community work by way of the U.S. History class he teaches at Miami Northwestern Senior high. Education, Entrepreneurship, and Nationalism remain fundamental values throughout his focus on the development of our nation's future leaders.


 

 

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© 2017, Youth Organizations Miami: The Belafonte TACOLCY Center. An acronym for “The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth,”  is a 501 c(3) nonprofit youth organization located in Liberty City, Miami that focuses on providing a safe and enriching environment where children and families are equipped to explore life’s options, make positive choices, and strengthen themselves and their community. Our primary goal is to “Empower Families to Realize Their Dreams.”

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