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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community & Neighborhood Development, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Economic Development, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Our mission is to prevent gang & youth violence by offering our youth a vision of change and the tools to make those changes in their lives and communities!

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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Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dana K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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lkallus 01/30/2011

How nice to hear from you again! I have thought of you often. Thank you so much for the kind words of support. I really means a lot to me and the boys. Happy new year!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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lkallus 01/30/2011

Dr. Boyer! You are not just my university mentor, but my life mentor as well. You changed my life many years ago and that trajectory has landed me here. Thank you for believing in me and PanZOu. Laura

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar