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Panzou Project Inc

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a human being living in the society,we should take responsibility for what we have done to the whole society. apparently, what we have done is much less than enough. maybe we cannot do a so-called great event.maybe we cannot change the entire world. but, i want you to believe that we are the master of the future, so we can bring our benefits to our friends, our neighbors, people who are trapped into a terrible y bad condition. by doing the little things we can also bring benefits to the society.that the reason why Laura Kallus recommend everyone of us to lend our hands to the people in needs.

Client Served

Rating: 4

panzou is great program for the community helping teens and on they goals and they carers on plans on they futures when they finish school. panzou is great place be at you should try it you learn a lot experiences being there .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client at panzou for over two years. In my opinion, Panzou is one of the best programs that been part of.. First of all,Panzou has the best outreach staff, when ever i needed some body to talk too the door is always open.Panzou does not pass judge on any one and they take the time to listen and work with you to get you through your problems.I've been part of the "on the job training program",where i was taught how to put a resume together,how to fill out job applicatons,how to conduct yourself at school and work.Panzou also help me complete my community service hours.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Charles I started out a client for PanZOu and still am .They help me with a lot,school,court, and getting a job. They helped me start my own business.They took us on trips to New Orleans and Tampa and introduced us a lot of new things. I don't know where i would be without PanZOu thank you Ms Laura.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is jay buck, when I first heard about Panzou it was January of 2006, I entered the Panzou program because i was in search of guidance. I was skipping school,gang banging, and I was just a menace to society. One day I met a lady named Laura Kallus (Panzou director) she told me about the program so I tried it out. The staff their were so nice to me they made me feel like I had a family for once in my life. they made sure i went to class, help me get a job, and get back to reality and focus on what was really important...school. My experience their was so great that i encouraged my brother to enroll their too. Now i am a college graduate, and got my life on the right path. "Thanks Panzou"