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Mission

TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT BY VALUING CHILDREN, STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND EDUCATING COMMUNITIES

Donate. Volunteer. Get involved. Together, we can put an end to child abuse once and for all.

Our Story

Amigos For Kids was founded in 1991 to aid South Florida’s most valuable resource, its children.

 

The organization aims to increase awareness of its mission of strengthening families and educating communities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

 

Amigos For Kids actualizes its purpose every day via key program components, including Education, Awareness, and Advocacy. The Education framework includes an After-School Program and its evidenced-based Nurturing Parents Program.

 

The After-School Program at José Martí Park serves children ages 6 – 11 daily. The educational parenting workshops serve countless families throughout the region.

 

Since its inception, Amigos For Kids has organized one of the city’s largest and most meaningful holiday toy drives.

 

The effort, reaching thousands of children over the years, makes their specific holiday wishes come true.  To fulfill its mission, Amigos For Kids relies on the support of generous individuals, corporate partners and volunteers.

"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

Amigos for Kids

The Blue Ribbon Campaign

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia lost her three-year-old grandson, Michael Dickenson, at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car to symbolize the blue of her grandson’s bruises.

Each year during the month of April volunteers and community partners promote child abuse prevention. Help us create awareness and wear your “There’s NO excuse for child abuse!®” blue ribbon pin all year round.

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30 YEARS

30 YEARS ONE MISSON

For 30 years, we’ve been helping children overcome child abuse. We are only just beginning, and with your help, we can fight on for many years to come.

A Message From Leadership

Our Board

Executive Members

  • Chair
    Maggie Fresen-Zulueta
    Vice President
    Academica Corporation
  • Vice Chair
    Yosbel A. Ibarra, Esq.
    Co-Managing Shareholder
    Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
  • Treasurer
    Alex Sueiro, CPA
    Partner
    PAAST
  • Secretary
    Victoria Madani, Esq.
    Attorney
    Shutts & Bowen LLP
  • Immediate Past Chair
    Nicole Valls
    VP of Operations
    Valls Group
  • Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus
    Jorge A. Plasencia
    Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
    Republica Havas
  • Executive Director
    Karina Pavone
    Amigos For Kids
  • Legal Counsel (ex-officio)
    Eddie Diaz, Esq.
    Partner
    Holland & Knight

Board Members

  • Carol Cabezas
    President
    Azamara Club Cruises
  • Lissette M. Calderón
    Chief Executive Officer
    Neology Development Group
  • Pedro A Capó
    Chief Operating Officer
    El Dorado Furniture
  • Cristy Clavijo-Kish
    Chief Development Officer
    Co-Founder & Partner
    Hispanicize Media Group
  • Ingrid Hoffmann
    TV Celebrity Chef
  • Miguel Larrea
    Senior Account Executive
    Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Gustavo J. Membiela, Esq.
    Partner
    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Marcel Monnar, Ed.S.
    President
    One on One Learning
  • Jose Victor Morales
    Senior Vice President
    Citigroup
  • Eliot Pedrosa
    Partner
    Jones Day
  • Robert Penafiel
    President
    Pension Services, Inc. (“PSI”), and Plan Documents, Inc. (“PDI”)
  • Michael Plasencia
    Group Director, New Product Strategy
    Ryder System, Inc.
  • Francisco Ponce
    Vice President
    NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
  • Pamela Silva
    News Anchor
    Univision Network
  • Jose Triana
    Major Accounts Manager
    FPL
  • Christie Velasco
    Assistant Vice President and Assistant to the President & CEO
    Interamerican Bank

Honorary Members

  • Adrienne Arsht
    Chairman Emerita
    TotalBank
  • Roxana Fernandez
    President
    Imagen
  • Jackie Nespral
    News Anchor
    NBC Miami