Panzou Project Inc
Rating: 4.92 stars 25 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Economic Development
Location: % Laura Kallus 1541 Ne 167TH St N Miami Beach FL 33162 USA
Results: PanZOu has changed the lives of hundreds of young people and their families since 2004. Most of our clients are multiple offenders who began their criminal activies while still a juvenile. We have an 88% success rate in keeping our clients from offending or re-offending while in our program! As validation of our success, PanZOu received a 2005 Coordination Award from the National Weed and Seed Strategy, 2007 Angels Among Us Award from Department of Children & Families, 2009 Gang Violence Prevention Award from the US Attorney’s Office Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative and has been highlighted by the Attorney General as a model program for his Gang Reduction Strategy 2009-2012. As well, OJJDP recognized the PanZOu Project in its Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model (2008). The Urban Institute’s recent interim evaluation report on our program described our experience and capability implementing and managing such an effort as: “One of the strengths of the North Miami Beach GRP has been its organizational capacity and leadership… to bring together a diverse yet collaborative and cooperative group of partners who worked to ensure full implementation of the GRP model. The collaborative functioning within the committee has continued and expanded over time, and the building of such a collaborative partnership has been one of the site’s most important accomplishments” Community Collaborative Addressing Youth Gangs: Interim Findings from the Gang Reduction Program (May 2008).
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 youth AND their families
Geographic areas served: Miami Dade County
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The level of the commitment of its staff and leadership to the young folks they work with is unparalleled. They are 100% across the board in demonstrating their integrity, competence and dedication to their mission. PAN ZOU is on of the few organizations I know of (actually, the only one I know of) capable of providing meaningful community crisis intervention and violence prevention and effective individual intervention in the lives of the young people they serve. Because PAN ZOU has paid its dues, it has earned the all important trust and respect of the people it serves. That is why PAN ZOU is uniquely situated to provide alternative visions of a gang and violence free future for critically "at risk" Haitian-American and immigrant youth that they can believe. You can tell that the organization is powered largely with hope, faith and love....that’s the only way to explain the fantastic record of accomplishment PAN ZOU has achieved with the limited but committed resource assistance they’ve been able to amass thus far. They deserve as much support as is available....and more.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Watching them develop young entreprenures and work with law enforcement to diffuse potentially violent, life threating situations
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make sure they had a better physical plant for their offices and activites and more seed money for their 'young entreprenure' talent development efforts.