Youth Organizations Miami

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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.


Sonia BakerSonia Baker – Assistant Care Coordinator
I am a child of many caring hands.  From auntie-mama to uncle-daddies (who were actual siblings of my mother). But I always consider myself as grandma’s baby; therefore, I called my Grandmother ‘Mama’ just as my mother did.  I was born and raised in our own Liberty City by the ways of Scott housing projects.   I am one of ten children in which my single mother had eight girls and two boys.  I have one daughter who is now 24 years of age. As a Care Coordinator with a background in education and the courts, I know extensively about the trials and hardships that can disassemble the unity-dynamic of our families.  Therefore, I am dedicated to provide sincere help, to promote our children and families resilience ability in our inner-city community. How do you change the world? One child, one family, one hut, one village at a time.


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 Director 
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.


Arsimmer McCoy-EarlyArsimmer McCoy-Early – Teen Council Program Coordinator
I am the Program Coordinator for the Teen Counsel Leadership, College Prep program, I am a 32-year old Miami, Florida native. I am a writer, performing artist, entertainment host, singer, and songwriter. I am the vice president and acting communications liaison for the spoken word exchange. A non-profit organization created by myself and my husband, an international spoken word artist, educator, and visual artist, Calvin Early. I earned my Bachelors of English from Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida and have over a decade of experience in theater performance and English arts and letters. I combined my areas of expertise in my work as a teacher/facilitator for O, Miami’s Sun Room Poetry Community Project and Scrap Paper Inc., both of which are poetry centered workshops geared towards helping students in Dade and Broward county public schools, improving their grammar and composition skills. This year, I had the honor of operating as Theater and creative writing creative instructor for Honey Shine and Urgent Inc. Two very prestigious camps committed to serving the youth by providing social, economic, and educational resources to thrive. When I am not educating, I enjoy my freelance work as an artistic director and event planner for various companies and organizations. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to bring my talents to the treasured Belafonte TACOLCY Center of Liberty City, where I intend to assist the youth of my community in getting ready for the next phase in their academic careers.


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….


Jemara JacksonJemara Jackson – Lead Servant Leader Intern, Orchard Villa Elementary School 
Born and raised in Miami, FL, where I attended and graduated Suma Cum Laude at Miami Edison Senior High School. Currently, attending Miami Dade College in pursuit of my Bachelors Degree in Business Management. From the year 2013, I have developed the passion to work with children. I love helping children to express themselves through arts, literacy, and sports. My dream is to one day open my own youth center, where children from all over, regardless of their background, will come and have a safe environment to grow and develop social and life skills while interacting with peers in various programs. I strongly believe that our children are the future. Any and every moment spent with them is an opportunity to impact, groom, and model them into a successful and thriving future.


Candace ReidCandace Reid – Servant Leader Intern Orchard Villa Elementary School 
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.”


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.


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 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.


Molaure LucsaintMolaure Lucsaint – Out-of-School Instructor
I am from Haiti and currently attending Miami Dade Community College for Nursing. My goals in life are to graduate college, own my own house and become a productive citizen. I love working with children and appreciate my job.


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


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