Irie Foundation Partnership
Back in July, 2014, The Motivational Edge’s Allapattah Music and Literacy Center was renamed The Irie Foundation Allapattah Music and Literacy Center. Now after 2+ successful years of partnership, the Irie Foundation’s support continues to fund the ever-growing music, arts and academic based programming offered to the under-resourced youth from Allapattah and the surrounding areas of Brownsville and Liberty City. DJ Irie and his Irie Foundation understand that the arts play a fundamental role in well-rounded educational experiences for children, leading to; increased self-confidence, motivation to learn, tolerance of others and countless additional benefits.
The journey of a lifetime begins with the first step. It is the aim of the Irie Foundation’s Board to ensure that the first step is one that an under-served, under-resourced, capable and motivated young person can make confidently. With the right support we can enable them to fulfill the education of their mind, and the nourishment of their spirit through mentoring programs, musical and cultural experiences and scholarship opportunities. It is with great pleasure that the Irie Foundation announced its increased involvement in the Allapattah community by funding the Irie Foundation Allapattah Music and Literacy Center.
During the 2015-16 school year, The Motivational Edge and Irie Foundation teamed up to launch programming at iTECH @Thomas A. Edison Educational Center. Irie Rhythms Percussion Program was born, and that inspiring program partnered with Lyrical Expression, audio recording, piano and guitar classes paved the way to a program that transformed dozens of teenage lives through the Arts.
Since mid-2012, the Irie Foundation has played a vital role in supporting The Motivational Edge’s efforts. Through their generous contributions, Irie and his team continue providing a safe haven for many inner city youth, affording them a platform to positively express themselves and excel in and out of school. Their increased investment in this creative hub has breathed new life into the Allapattah community that will feel the positive impact for years to come.
“We are building the foundation for our future Leaders of society, and we are proud to have made this first step in the journey of self-improvement for our young people of South Florida.”
– DJ Irie
Results to Date
Since IF’s naming rights started in July of 2014, there have been a total of 285 students served through dozens of programs at IFAMLC and a total of 60 youth served through 7 programs at Itech @ Thomas A. Edison High School. As a direct result of our programming the following has been documented:
- 95% of youth increased in Positive Peer Relationships
- 97% of youth increased their Arts Aptitude
- 95% of youth showed an increase in their Arts & Science skills
- 100% of youth were offered culturally relevant arts programming, academics and/or technology courses
- 90% of youth increased their academic grades
Further information about the sites include the following:
- IFAMLC is used as field trip site, providing day programs to many kids from partnering agencies, homeschool networks, is used as a workshops/learning experiences.
- IFAMLC is utilized as a mentor site with Dade County Juvenile services.
- IFAMLC is utilized as creative arts space for many youths in foster care, teenage girls who have been victimized by human trafficking, juvenile delinquent teens and homeless youth.
- Mentoring program with teens, providing regular assistance and mentorship (youth also have access to our in-house Therapist)
- Scholarship opportunities. We have presented two scholarships to Berklee College of Music and have been awarded another two this past month for local colleges.
- IFAMLC is an out-of-school safe haven, providing continuous programming including on weekends, spring and summer breaks
- Youth have had the opportunity to do showcases throughout the year, almost on a monthly basis. Youth have had the opportunity to perform at the: South Dade Cultural Arts Center, the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Art Basel, the Stage Miami, McCormick Place, the Chop House, Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center, Bayfront Park, and various other cultural arts facilities and locations throughout South Florida.
- Youth at IFAMLC participate in a variety of programs including: Health and Wellness Literacy, Yoga, Financial Literacy
About The Irie Foundation
The Irie Foundation seeks to empower South Florida’s at-risk youth to lead productive lives through mentorship programs, cultural experiences and scholarship opportunities. By following the young people it serves from middle school through high school, the Foundation’s ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage its students to graduate high school, pursue higher education and develop into successful adults. For more information, visit www.iriefoundation.org.