Mission: To encourage the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.
Programs: Honey shine, inc. Provides uniform t-shirts, healthy meals (breakfast and lunch), transportation and a variety of supplies to facilitate hands-on learning for 155 female mentees to attend workshops twice a month. The workshops further honey shine's vision to "empower girls to shine as women," by teaching them life skills desgined to boost their selfeseem and expand their world view. Each workshop covers a variety of topics including: social and behavioral ettiquette, health and wellness, cutlural arts, career exploration, college preparation, communication skills, bullying, financial literacy and other topics that prepare them for leadership roles in their schools and communities. Workshops are held at a variety of locations throughout south florida to encourage confidence in any setting. The mentees are affectionately referred to as "honey bugs," representing various ethnicities, including african american (80%), hispanic (19%), and caucasian (1%), from the ares of miami dade county where primarily the median income range for most single family households is $11,000 - $15,000 annually.
camp honey shine is a day camp open to all girls enrolled in honey shine. This six week day camp hosts 160 girls, and allows the program to further enrich their lives with experiences and activities that will continue to broaden their horizons during the summer months for which they are out of school. Camp honey shine provides an environment for young girls to learn how to develop their own voice and sense of direction in life by bringing them into contact with people, resources, and messages that are life-changing. For six consecutive weeks from monday to friday beginning at 9:00 a. M. And ending at 3:00 p. M. , the girls are provided with transportation, uniform t-shirts, healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and snack) and supplies to facilitate hands-on learning. During camp mentees receive instruction that helps them build social skills, increase reading comprehension, learn how to swim and other physical activities; as well as reinforce the organization's values and develop a positive identity. The girls also take weekly field trips where they participate in a variety of activities (i. E. Museum tours, theater performances, service learning projects, etc. ).
honey shine graduates girls from the program upon their completion of high school. Many of these young ladies have excelled in their academic performance, and qualify for a scholarship through honey shine, sponsored by a variety of donors. These former honey bugs receive funds to apply toward tuition and/or the cost of living, providing they maintain an average gpa of 2. 5, and that they submit proof of their grades each semester. These endowments are then disbursed to the students via the program.