Amigos For Kids®, Inc.

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Cofounder’s Message

Dear Amigos,

Welcome to our website!

As we embark on our 22nd anniversary, we must share that it’s thanks to the efforts of our extraordinary board, staff and volunteers, the commitment of many elected officials, the generosity of our loyal corporate partners, and the kindness of each of our donors, that we have been able to respond — each and every day — to the diverse needs of abused, abandoned, neglected and less-fortunate children and their families.

Today, Amigos For Kids has myriad programs for the underprivileged children of our community, and our abuse prevention message, There’s NO Excuse For Child Abuse!®, is now reaching national audiences. Our vision for the next decades is extremely bold, yet we are confident that with the continued support of all of you, we will make all our of goals come true.

If you would like to become an Amigo and volunteer your time or services to our organization, please call us at 305-279-1155.

On behalf of the children, so many people deserve our gratitude for their generosity and support of our mission since 1991. Thank you all!

Jorge A. Plasencia
Cofounder & Chairman Emeritus

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President & CEO’s Corner

Throughout our lives, if we’re incredibly fortunate, we recognize a role and mission from which we cannot turn away.

A passion that drives us to ensure our purpose will be fulfilled. I’m humbled and privileged to work every day towards helping make the lives of children brighter and safer.

Thanks to the work and effort of so many, the foundation was solidly laid, allowing the growth and new accomplishments of the recent past.

Among recent achievements:

  • Amigos – José Martí After School Program started with 60 children four years ago and currently has over 100 enrolled.
  • Amigos 2013 Blue Ribbon efforts and its There’s No Excuse For Child Abuse!® campaign reached more than 2,500 elementary school children and distributed some 380,000 abuse prevention brochures.
  • Amigos Strengthens Families & Communities Program funded by the Children’s Trust introduced the national best practice, Nurturing Parents curriculum, reaching hundreds of children and parents. Its message: positive parenting, child wellness, abuse prevention empathy and the tools for parents to build children’s self esteem and enhance family communication.
  • Amigos Back To School Drive reached more than 1,200 children in 2013.
  • As always, our traditional Amigos Holiday Toy Drive, reaching thousands of children every year, each one of them getting their specific wishes fulfilled.

We all have a role in the safety and well-being of children, and it’s up to each one of us to make that commitment. How can we do this? From volunteers to donors – each hour, each donation can and does make a difference.

We’re counting on each of you reading this to help us continue spreading the message of abuse prevention to educate parents, children and the community and, ultimately, to help end the tragic and painful cycle of abuse. Silence is a form of consent. Let’s raise our voices and never be silenced in support of our most precious resource – children.

Rosa Maria Plasencia
President & CEO

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Our Story

The Amigos Story.

In 1991, a few friends who had been volunteering with several child welfare organizations, including the Children’s Home Society (CHS), were asked by CHS to form an auxiliary volunteer group. The mission of this auxiliary would be create awareness and obtain support from the burgeoning Hispanic community in South Florida. The auxiliary was named “Amigos of Children’s Home Society.”

A year later, due to the growing needs of disadvantaged children in the region, the group branched off and formed a new, independent, 501(C)3, Amigos Together For Kids, yet remained a committed supporter of CHS. Amigos was founded to respond to the diverse needs of South Florida’s abused, neglected and less-fortunate children and their families, through education, abuse prevention and community involvement.

In 2008, Amigos became an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Today, Amigos For Kids has evolved into a mainstream nonprofit and its child abuse prevention message now reaches communities across the country – no matter their ethnicity or native language.

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Our Mission

To prevent child abuse and neglect by valuing children, strengthening families and educating communities.

Why does Amigos For Kids exist? Sadly, because children across the country continue to be victims of child abuse. National statistics indicate that abuse and/or neglect is the second leading cause of death among children and of those victims 85 % are under the age of four.

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Our Partners

Together For Kids.

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Our Corporate Amigos

Corporations making a difference.

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Organizational Policies

Donor Privacy Policy

Amigos for Kids values and respects its donors’ right to privacy. It affirms that its fund-raising practices protect against unauthorized use of its contributor lists, and permits no general telephone solicitation of the public.

Amigos for Kids utilizes donors’ personal information such as names, mailing addresses and email addresses only for purposes of donor acknowledgement and/or when an individual voluntarily provides this information and opts to join our mailing list. Amigos for Kids does not share donors’ personal or contact information with any third party organizations for purposes of solicitation. Visitors to the Amigos for Kids Web site remain anonymous. Amigos for Kids does not require visitors to register or provide personal information to view the site. There are instances when site visitors are asked for additional information in order to provide requested services. For example, information will be requested when making an online donation to Amigos for Kids so that the gift may be properly processed and receipted. Amigos for Kids’ online donors choose the personal information that Amigos for Kids receives and can opt to remain anonymous. All credit card transactions are conducted over a secure server.

Amigos for Kids welcomes comments and questions about this policy. We are committed to protecting your personal information, and will make every reasonable effort to keep that information secure.

Upon request Amigos For Kids will provide its Conflict of Interest & Disclosure Statement and Whistleblower Protection Policy

Please email: esther@amigosforkids.org

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Our Board

Executive Board

Chairman of the Board

Pedro Capo
Chief Operating Officer
El Dorado Furniture
pedro@eldoradofurniture.com

Vice-Chair

Nicole Valls
Vice President
Valls Group
nicole@vallsgroupinc.com

Secretary

Ofelia San Pedro
Chief Financial Officer
República 
osanpedro@republica.net

Treasurer

Alex Sueiro, CPA
Partner
Perez-Abreu, Aguerrebere, Sueiro LLC
asueiro@paast.com

Co-founder/Chairman Emeritus

Jorge A. Plasencia 
Chairman & CEO
República
jp@republica.net

Legal Counsel

Eddie Diaz, Esq.
Holland & Knight
(ex-officio)

President & CEO

Rosa Maria Plasencia
rmplasencia@amigosforkids.org
(ex-officio)

Seperator

Board Members

Adrienne Arsht
Honorary Board Member
Chairman Emerit
TotalBank Board of Directors
info@arsht.com
(ex-officio)

Alejandra Argudin
Chief Operations Officer
Miami Parking Authority
aargudin@miamiparking.com

Andres Asion, PA
Vice President of Sales
Fortune International Realty
asion@miamiliving.com

Lissette M. Calderón
Chief Executive Officer
Kinetik Industrial Group
lcalderon@neollc.com

Maggie Fresen-Zulueta
Vice President
Academica Corporation
mfresen@academica.org

Amanda Gonzalez
amandapgonzalez@msn.com

Ingrid Hoffmann
TV Celebrity Chef
ingridhoffmann@ymail.com

Carlos Leyva
Vice-President
Royal Caribbean
cleyva@rccl.com

Mark Llorente
Director of Strategy
Miami Children’s Health System
Mark.Llorente@mch.com

Michael A. Márquez
Managing Director
Bessemer Trust
marquez@bessemer.com

Gustavo J. Membiela
Partner
Hunton & Williams, LLP
gmembiela@hunton.com

Marcel Monnar, Ed.S.
President
One on One Learning
mmonnar@oneononelearning.com

Jackie Nespral
Honorary Board Member
Anchor
WTVJ NBC Miami
jackie.nespral@nbc.com
(ex-officio)

Nilda R. Pedrosa
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
nilda.pedrosa@myfloridalegal.com

Pamela Silva Conde
Anchor
Univision TV
pamelasilva23@aol.com

Jose Triana
Major Accounts Manager
FPL
Jose_Triana@fpl.com