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Miami Based Non-Profit Responds to Congress's Call for Leadership
Date:2/4/2010

Art Studio Miami (ASM), located in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, is preparing for an influx of students as youth impacted by the Haiti earthquake arrive in South Florida. Youth moving into Little Haiti will find desperately impoverished conditions and failing schools. ASM needs immediate support to fund academic and emotional services to help youth cope as they transition from life in Haiti.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 2, 2010 -- Little Haiti based Art Studio Miami (ASM) is ramping up volunteer efforts in response to the anticipated influx of refugee children pouring into Miami from earthquake ravaged Haiti. ASM annually serves approximately 200 youth from the impoverished area of Little Haiti, and staff expect demand to increase dramatically in the coming months as children impacted by the earthquake arrive in South Florida.

Kendrick Meek (D-FL) addressed news crews on January 19 at the City of Miami’s staging area for Haiti relief, located directly across the street from ASM. Meek called for local organizations to provide leadership and support during the long period of rebuilding.

“South Florida is in this for the long haul; this will be the center for the recovery. . . and we are going to need leadership and understanding,'' said Meek.

In response to Meek’s appeal, ASM volunteers and staff have been working around the clock to prepare for additional students in the coming months. An army volunteer teaching artists and administrators have stepped up to provide holistic programming that will allow children impacted by the disaster to express their feelings through creative projects that prepare them for academic success.

“We must provide safe spaces where youth can heal and build solid foun
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