Family & Children Faith Coalition, Inc. (d/b/a Hope for Miami)

Reweaving Communities by Strengthening Families and Organizations

aka Hope for Miami   |   Miami, FL   |


Hope for Miami nurtures children, youth, and families through effective programs to help them build positive, healthy futures.

Notes from the nonprofit

Hope for Miami continues to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been able to continue the services we provide by following the guidelines of the CDC for safety and the protocols of the Miami-Dade County Public School system.

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Mrs. Yvonne Sawyer

COO and Vice President

Mr. J Eduart Martinez

Main address

550 NW 42 Ave. 4th Floor

Miami, FL 33126 USA

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Formerly known as

Family & Children Faith Coalition, Inc



NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WhizKidz After School and Summer Camp

After school and summer camp program for 900 children ages 5 to 12 (Kindergarten to 5th Grade). Whiz Kidz operates five days a week during the school year with an additional seven weeks of summer camp. Program activities include literacy instruction, physical fitness, social skills, nutrition education and homework help. During the summer camp the program adds STEM activities, arts and field trips. All program sites (7 during after-school and 11 during summer camp) are able to include students with varying exceptionalities. The program site partners include churches, public schools, private schools and a youth center. Program funding comes from The Children's Trust and family contributions.

Population(s) Served

SUCCESS Club is a 4-day a week After School program that serves teens with disabilities who attend Middle and High School. Typically-developing Peer Mentors earn community service hours for assisting our participants. The program also offers six weeks of full-day summer camp. Success Club programs operate at three public school locations across Miami-Dade. Program funding comes from the Children's Trust and all services are free to the community.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
People with learning disabilities

Project U-Turn focuses on teaching healthy relationship skills in order to prevent teen pregnancy and STIs serving 980 middle and high school youth. The program works within the public and private schools, educating youth in the avoidance of risky behaviors. Project U-Turn also provides Parent Workshops in the community. Funding for Project U-Turn comes from the Florida Department of Health, Division of Adolescent Health.

Population(s) Served

What We Do: We're a neighborhood-based anti-drug community coalition dedicated to protecting youth by preventing high risk behaviors through collaboration.

Who We Are: We include key sectors of our community – We're parents, youth, teachers, business and non-profit leaders, law enforcement officers, government officials and youth-serving organizations.

Funding for Coalicion Esperanza comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Disease Control.

Population(s) Served

Urban K Gardens seeks to develop a sustainable food gardens to enhance school wellness and provide environmental education. The initial pilot garden was created at Kinloch Park Middle School in partnership with the After-School All Stars. Garden grants came from multiple sources to set-up and maintain the youth garden.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Ready4Life teaches healthy relationships skills and financial literacy to 9-10th grade high school students across Miami-Dade County. One of many goals of this program is the reduction of teen dating violence as well as teaching youth communication skills and knowledge to improve relationships. Ready4Life is a part of the federal Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The program implements the evidence-based Relationship Smarts curriculum and Money Habitudes models. Partner locations include public, private and charter schools as well as summer programs for youth.

Population(s) Served

Healthy for Life provides HIV prevention education as well as referral to testing and treatment for Miami-Dade County youth ages 15-24 and the adults who influence them. The overarching goal is to reduce the high rates of new HIV infection rates among youth and young adults by providing workshops, community events and exhibiting at health fairs as well as developing a social media outreach plan. The program is part of the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, with funding through the Health Council of South Florida.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work


CARF Accreditation in Behavioral Health 2000


Champion for Children - Service Network for Children of Inmates 2010

The Children's Trust

Champion for Children - Youth Development Programming 2006

The Children's Trust

Community-building Award 2006

Dade Community Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Community Development Association - Member 1992

The Children's Trust Provider Network 2004

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Vision: a Miami in which each of us uses our resources, skills, and interests as "threads" to re-weave our neighborhoods into a tapestry of well-being for everyone.

Our Mission: Hope for Miami nurtures children and youth through effective programs that build positive, healthy futures. We also seek to strengthen organizations by connecting them to helpful information, resources, training and relationships so that our communities flourish.
In summary, we strengthen families and the organizations that serve them.

Our goal is to empower for more effective service while helping these groups to achieve sustainability, thus allowing us to "multiply" our efforts.

These are the strategies we have found that are working successfully as we accomplish our vision and mission.

Strengthening Families: Strategy - Nurturing children and youth through effective programs that build positive, healthy futures

Strengthening Organizations: Assist other non-profit organizations to grow by providing consulting, advice and connections to effective organizational services that have been vetted by Hope for Miami senior staff.

Strategy for strengthening our own organization: Hope for Miami Staff and volunteers: We invest personally and professionally to equip, encourage and mobilize for tasks with Hope for Miami and for whatever endeavors they seek in the future.

Hope for Miami /Family & Children Faith Coalition currently operates ten different programs serving children, youth and parents. The issues addressed are: after school, children and youth with disabilities, literacy, nutrition and fitness and positive youth development.

We’ve operated after school programs for sixteen years with funding from the Children’s Trust, a local public funder. Most programs managed by Hope for Miami receive public funding, which requires a high level of fiscal, administrative and programmatic excellence, which is reflected in our annual monitoring reports and our independent audits.Volunteers supplement our programs as mentors, tutors, reading pals, and social work interns, as well as providing administrative and clerical support.

Fiscal Capacity: Since 2004, the agency has undergone an independent financial audit of our accounting practices. As required by the Children’s Trust, for the past ten years we have also submitted a Programmatic Audit of our financial records. As the recipient of federal funding, the agency also submits an A-133 audit.

Independent Program Evaluation: Our most recent federal grant required independent evaluation of our program. The agency has retained Behavioral Science Research Institute of Coral Gables, FL as our evaluation firm.

Staff Training: All staff who are employed by Hope for Miami receive an employment orientation and those serving children (classroom, after-school or other setting) must undergo a fingerprint background screening and participate in a series of pre-employment trainings before they go into a classroom. This training includes: Agency Orientation & Administrative Policies, Child Abuse prevention & mandatory reporting, HIV/Aids prevention, Internet Security Awareness, HIPAA Compliance and Client Confidentiality, Civil Rights Compliance, along with program-specific trainings.

Staff also attend in-service trainings on the following topics: Handling Difficult Youth, Classroom Management Techniques, Trauma and its Impact, Positive Youth Development, Time Management, Injury Prevention, Non-Profit Management (documenting outcomes).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    For the Out-of-School & Disability Services Division: Hope for Miami provides after-school and summer camp services in 15 locations across Miami-Dade County, FL. This enables parents to be employed and take care of the needs of their teen with a disability. Many of our families speak a language other than English at home, so the academic assistance our programs provides is critical to success. For the Prevention Services Division: Hope for Miami's prevention programs work directly with youth to provide evidence-based curricula that assist youth to avoid peer pressure and resist participation in risky behaviors. These services are provided during the school day or in afterschool/summer programs that work with teens. Participant students complete satisfaction surveys about our programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We publish our participant satisfaction survey data in our newsletters and have made changes to our programming that reflect the needs of the parents of our participants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Hope for Miami shares information with our community partners and solicits feedback from them on how the partnership benefits both organizations. An example: our prevention programs share the results of improvement in outcomes generated by our pre-post assessments with specific schools or youth organizations, so that we all understand the impact we have had on our participant youth. Feedback from parents who enroll their children in our after-school and summer programs is used to plan program improvements and is shared with our program funder. These changes are incorporated into our Family Handbook that is updated annually. We also solicit feedback from our participant youth -- but every year they ask for more candy and snacks! (which we cannot provide).

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,


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Family & Children Faith Coalition, Inc. (d/b/a Hope for Miami)

Board of directors
as of 11/05/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Nozile

Gang Alternative

Term: 2017 - 2022

Douglas Hale

Business Finance USA

Joseph Webb III

Profit Planners Management Group

Charles Sawyer

Hope for Miami

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/5/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/05/2021

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.