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April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

I know the founder of this organization, Laura Kallus. She is selflessly dedicated to the cause of helping these youth change their lives for the better. This not only helps them but helps create a safer environment for the rest of the community. We need to treat the problem, not just deal with the results of gangs. Prevention is key to lowering recivitism. Laura understands the impact of esteeming every human being and the power of building up our youth. PanZou project is an awesome, respectable organization that deserves your volunteer hours, your donations and your recognition.

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I have met a few of the kids involved in this program and have been impressed with the way they are turning their lives around.

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I would endow the organization with a trust to make it more sustainable so that Laura can devote more time to the kids and less time to writing for grants.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I met Laura Kallus a few years ago, when she came to my house to buy a large portable water container, as a Gift for a young man in her program who wanted to start a mobile car wash business. She had a group of young people with her, and it was a pleasure to meet them all which I have never forgotten.
Crime has gone down in our neighborhood and surrounding areas, as a direct result of the help this organization offers to at risk young men and women of the community. I appreciate the emails that let me know about this amazing, worthwhile nonprofit, which I am glad to support.

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My local community, where the crime rate has gone down. Also, whenever I have had contact with Anyone connected with this organization, they are lovely people which comes through clearly.

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Simply give them the resources they need to keep doing good directly to kids and the community. They could certainly put $5000.00 to good use.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

Panzou is the kind of urban youth project that should be replicated in culturally sensitive ways to all our major cities. Laura Kallus embodies the social glue holding heart, mind and soul of the disenfranchised together. How that might be cloned remains one of life's mysteries.
Laura went
through our Anthropology Sustainable Development Program in the early-mid 1990s and we continue to smile whenever we learn about yet another social breakthrough that builds a more pluralistic and just society.
Please fund this project!
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeff Boyer
Anthropology & Founder
Sustainable Development Program
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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As Laura Kallus's university mentor, I know her well.

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January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

PanZou is the best thing that could have ever happened to Miami. They have a proven positive track record for the reformation of gang members. Laura Kallus is the single most compassionate person I know. She lives and breathes for the otherwise forgotten. When society wants to throw up their hands and throw these kids away, PanZou picks them up, dusts them off, and empowers them to prove the statistics wrong. They teach our youth that it is possible to turn their lives around despite the mistakes they have made. PanZou works tirelessly to make sure that every individual knows their own personal value, to remind them that there is more to live for than the hustle. Laura and her staff are mothers, peers, counselors, and protectors of the wayward adolescents in the Miami Dade community. Without PanZou and the angels that work there, so many would remain lost. God speed in all you do PanZou!

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In my life I was once a wayward youth and Laura Kallus helped me get through those times and come out on top!

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I would somehow get them more funding so they could grow their staff again and have even more opportunity to touch the community.

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