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State of Black Miami 2016

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shirley Plantin.

Shirley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I believe I have always had a heart for service, particularly for youth. I truly believed that I would go on to Law School and become criminal or corporate attorney, never did I think that I would end up working with gangs and at-risk youth in North Miami, North Miami Beach, and Little Haiti. As I immersed myself in the body of work we call youth prevention, I honestly believed the call on my life was revealed. Lord knows how many times I quit, fired myself, or simply walked away, but over and over I was pulled back in. The need is great, and the cries of the youth for success, attention, and love pierced my heart to my soul

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The primary spark was the Feb. 20 shooting death of 6-year-old gun fight by teens furious over Facebook posts.


At Thursday’s panel discussion, part of a day-long discussion organized by the county’s first Haitian-American commission chairman, Jean Monestime, several speakers lamented the low expectations and anemic opportunities surrounding many black youths in the Miami area... Read More

“Miss Shirley changed my life.”

- Sondy Mathurin

Plantin, who has taken care of Sondy at school and at home the last five years, said she hears people tell him in Haitian Creole, “pa bliye manman ou” or don’t forget about your mom. At 18, Sondy is expected to start taking on more responsibilities in house, but Plantin said Sondy, a natural handyman, can have a bright future in school if he has the support...  Read More

State of Black Miami 2017

Session 1, “Youth: The Next Generation,” is scheduled for 10:15-11:15 a.m. This session focuses on amplifying the opportunities of Black youth under the age of 25, who are estimated to make up more than 30 percent of the total Black population in Miami. This session will also focus on how to address the challenges impacting youth under 18 and enhance their opportunities to grow into a life of meaning.


For this session, moderator Dr. Shirley Plantin, director of the Miami-Dade Community Relations Board, joins panelists Morris Copeland, director of the Department of Juvenile Justice; Paul Wilson, 5000 Role Model of Excellence/Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Thema Campbell, president and CEO of Girl Power; and Nicole Collins, Student Government Association President at Florida Memorial University... Read More


LPS Sneak Preview with Shirley Plantin

HACCOF honored 20 Haitian American YoPros in the South Florida Community, under the age of 40, for their commitment and contributions professionally, civically, personally and academically. HACCOF’s aim is to identify individuals who are inspired to serve the community, have demonstrated effective leadership and have the dedication to do more for the Haitian community through South Florida and beyond... Read More





13th Annual Gang Summit​

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Roderick King of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. Dr. King will discuss the current “Liberty City Community Collaborative for Change: A BUILD Health Challenge,” which is a community collaboration dedicated to making a safer and healthier Liberty City. Participants may choose from a number of presentations which will examine some of the causes of violence in our communities, as well as pathways to positive change.

Other presenters: 

  • Members of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board

  •  Shirley Plantin, Director of Youth & Family Advocacy Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center Read More



Her student was shot at eighteen times. She was investigated in connection to the shooting. She stood by the hospital bed during multiple visits in and out of the operating room. She works from can't see in the morning to can't see at night. She does all of this because she wants to see a better world for youth who are '"at-risk." Read More

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