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
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.

 

Sandra D. ClinchSandra D. Clinch - FAST Program Coordinator
I am the F.A.S.T. Program Coordinator at Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc. The F.A.S.T. Program consists of many facets in helping our students become more focused and successful. Raised in the Liberty City area, Sandra is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Sr. High class of 1979. She continued her education at Florida A & M University where she received a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.

 

Brandy WellsBrandy Wells - Administrative Assistant / Youth Program Director
Professional with over fifteen years of experience in Social Services to include Case Management, Youth Empowerment, Juvenile Detention, Guardian Ad Litem, Parental Intervention, C.E.O. ,Strong Community Outreach and Leader.

 

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.”

 

Martiska ThompsonMartiska Thompson – After Care Program Manager
I was born and raised in the heart of Liberty City of Miami, FL. I graduated from Miami Dade College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While attending Miami Dade College I started working at TACOLCY as Servant Intern Leader and that’s when I discovered my passion for working with children. I am currently working on getting my Director’s Credential and is proud to serve as the Program Director of TACOLCY’S After-School and Summer Enrichment program. I am a daughter, sister and friend to many. When I am not surround with children, I enjoy 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….


 
 

Candace ReidCandace Reid – Out-of-School Instructor
Hello my name is Candace, I am 19 years old. I am studying Business Administration in hopes to become a business owner one day. On my free time I love to work with children and reading books.

 

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.”


 
 

Tava DelancyTava Delancy – School Bus Driver
Hi I’m Tava .I am the school bus driver for TACOLCY’s After-care program. I love kids. I am a mother of seven and a grandmother of six. I am very family orientated and love outdoors.

 

Inez AdderlyInez Adderly – Certified Teacher
I grew up in Miami, FL. I attended Florida Memorial University, where I received my degree in teaching. Since 2012, I have had the privilege of being a part of the Miami-Dade County Public school system. After seven years of teaching in the MDCP school system, I am very excited to expand my role as a teacher at Belafonte TACOLCY Center. Together with such an amazing and supportive team at TACOLCY, I am committed to providing the children at the center with a strong foundation of learning, I am very happy to be a part of such a beautiful foundation.

 

July MorilloJuly Morillo – Lead Servant Leader Intern Orchard Villa Elementary School
I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I was a very happy child thanks to my family. My parents moved to the United States when I was eight years old and my sisters and I were raised by my grandmother. When I was twelve, my grandmother died of cancer, and I was forced to move to the United States with my two older sisters and my parents. I attended Citrus Grove Middle School and William H. Turner Technical High School. The experience that I had growing up in a different country made me realize that I wanted to help children feel more comfortable in their own skin; unfortunately, I didn’t know how. My mother encouraged me to take the DCF 45 hour classes required to work at a daycare center or an aftercare program because she knew how much I enjoy being around children. When I first took the classes I knew in my heart that I had found what I was longing for. It fascinates me the way children learn! How their logic works and how their environment affects their development. With the experience and knowledge that I have collected I aim to offer children a safe space where they can develop their creativity without any judgment. A place where experiences and knowledge have more value then test scores. I have been working at Belafonte Tacolcy Center since March 2018. I work with kids ages 5-12 in the after school program at Orchard Villa Elementary. We provide homework assistance, reading strategies, health and wellness, social skills, web-based instructions and more.

At the moment, I’m pursuing the Child Development Associates degree at Miami Dade College with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education to provide high quality education to the children that I serve. I can honestly say that I’m in love with early childhood education! This experience has opened my eyes and has helped me to place myself in their shoes, to understand the way they think, and see the world as they see it. I have passion, patience, and knowledge in working with children and I’m thankful for it.

 

Dawn SpauldingDawn Spaulding – Servant Leader Intern Orchard Villa Elementary School
I am a mother of 3 children. I love working with kids of all age groups. For the past 2 years, I was a team Mom for my daughter’s cheerleader group for the super pee wees at Liberty City Optimist Park. Currently I will be attending Miami Dade Community College in the fall to update my DCF certification.

 

Shaquanda SmithShaquanda Smith – Certified Reading Teacher Orchard Villa Elementary School
Hello! My name is Shaquanda Smith, and I'm thrilled to say this is my 4th year of teaching Elementary School in the Miami Dade County Public School System. For the past two years, I've taught 1st grade reading. I grew up in Liberty City and graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High School in 2003. From there I went to Miami Dade College earning an Associate's degree in Exceptional Education. I've also earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Exceptional Education degree from Florida International in 2015 and 2016.

 

Wanda FelixWanda Felix – Environmental Tech
I love my job and the people I work with. God bless each of you.

 

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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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