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Miami Foundation’s Matthew Beatty Joins Honey Shine Board of Directors

Miami, FL– Honey Shine is delighted to announce that Matthew Beatty, Director Matthew-Beatty-headshot-WEBof Communications with the Miami Foundation has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Matthew Beatty leads and manages the Foundation’s communications strategies and ensures all efforts are integrated and reflect the organization’s message.  He also grows relationships throughout the community that increase the Foundation’s brand awareness.  A native of Miami, Matthew attended The Cushman School, where he now serves on the board of trustees, Ransom Everglades School and earned his B.S. in management and M.B.A. in marketing at Florida A&M University. His public relations career includes managing outreach for Baptist Health South Florida, Port Miami Tunnel, National Environmental Education Foundation and numerous other organizations across the U.S.

Matthew has presented seminars at Miami Dade College and Florida Memorial University, speaks on panels regarding marketing strategy, and was named one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Tomorrow by Legacy magazine of The Miami Herald. He was also selected to Class V of Connect Florida’s 2014-2015 Statewide Leadership Institute, the premier statewide resource for educating, engaging and inspiring Florida’s top emerging leaders.

At Honey Shine, we are confident that Matthew will share his knowledge and extensive skills to join us in leading Honey Shine to another successful year of growth and incredible impact.

About The Miami Foundation: The Miami Foundation provides civic leadership, bringing stakeholders together to tackle issues of concern in our community. Working together with our Fundholders and community partners, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any one of us could make alone. To learn more about the Miami Foundation, click HERE.




Miami, FL— Since 2002, Honey Shine, Inc. has served the girls of the South Florida Community through the “Aspire to Shine” Workshop Series, Camp Honey Shine, and most recently, the Honey Shine Afterschool Program. In October 2014, Honey Shine partnered with the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) to launch the Honey Shine Afterschool Program pilot in four Miami Dade County Public Schools.

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the Program will return for the 2015-2016 Academic Year at the following Dade County Elementary Schools: Maya Angelou, Parkview, and Hibiscus; while simultaneously branching into the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School.

In addition to its South Florida programming, Honey Shine will introduce the afterschool program in two elementary schools in Los Angeles, California. Through UTD, the Honey Shine Program was introduced to the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), in efforts to successfully promote the program initiatives to young girls in the LA market. Honey Shine’s principle values and programmatic objectives directly align with the UTLA initiative “The Schools LA Deserve,” and the schools and principals have expressed their delight in welcoming the program into their schools.

“When Fedrick [Ingram, UTD President] first told me about the program, I was excited; it sounded like something we needed here [in LA]. When I visited Miami to tour the program, I was even more impressed. I said we have to have this in our schools,” said UTLA Vice President Cecily Myart-Cruz.

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MC Lyte, Tracy Wilson Mourning and UTLA VP Cecily Myrat-Cruz

The Honey Shine team dubbed the 2014-2015 fiscal year as its “Year of Expansion.” The program visited multiple cities throughout the country and formed new alliances.  Notably, the program worked with Hip Hop Pioneer, MC Lyte, who sought to bring the program to her current residence, Los Angeles, CA through her foundation the Hip Hop Sisters Network. Hip Hop Sisters is a non-profit foundation that promotes positive images of women of ethnic diversity, bringing leaders together from the world of Hip Hop, the entertainment industry, and the corporate world.  When Honey Shine Founder Tracy Wilson Mourning and MC Lyte began to share with one another the vision they each had for their respective organizations, they discovered synergy between their programs.  The partnership was solidified through a $10,000 sponsorship from the Hip Hop Sisters Network to Honey Shine’s expansion efforts in Los Angeles.

Through these collaborative efforts, the Honey Shine program’s reach and services will increase to include more than 200 girls in South Florida and 45 girls in Los Angeles.

For more information about how you can support Honey Shine, visit

To learn more about the Hip Hop Sisters Network, click HERE.

To find out more about the United Teachers of Dade, click HERE.

Learn more about the United Teachers Los Angeles HERE.

Media Contact:

Juana J. Bethel

Development Director

Honey Shine, Inc.

(305) 854-2444


About Honey Shine

The Honey Shine Mentoring Program encourages the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future. For more information on how you can become a Corporate Partner or an Individual Lady Bug sponsor, please call 305-476-0095 or visit


About Mourning Family Foundation

Since 1997, the Mourning’s have raised more than $10 million for their charity initiatives including, Overtown Youth Center, a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a safe haven for children and families to participate in recreational and educational activities from 2nd grade through graduation, and Honey Shine, which provides at-risk young women with positive role models and influences through its enrichment programs, workshops, camps and sisterhood. For more information visit:


Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards More Than $500,000 in Grants to Nonprofits Tackling Workforce Development and Financial Education in South Florida

MIAMI – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced more than $500,000 in grants to 44 nonprofits throughout South Florida that are focused on providing financial education and job skills for low- and-middle-income individuals and families as well as support for small businesses.

By investing in workforce development and education grants throughout South Florida, Bank of America helps individuals and families build better money habits and find pathways out of poverty. This year alone in Miami-Dade County, the grants will impact 34,505 individuals. Among the nonprofits receiving the grant:

“We’re honored to partner with these nonprofits as part of our company’s commitment to improve the financial lives of those we serve which, in turn, supports our local economy,” said Gene Schaefer, Miami market president for Bank of America. “As part of our workforce development and education support, we look for opportunities to facilitate employment, foster high school graduation, encourage mentorships and vocational training, remove barriers to success for the underserved and provide small businesses with technical assistance and support to help them thrive.”

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

Media Contact: Ana Marquez

rbb Public Relations, 305-967-6668

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