Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Hosts Summer BBQ To Celebrate 33rd Birthday


Brian Nereus, Miami Bridge Employee of the Year, and Dorcas Wilcox, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services hosted a summer BBQ last month to celebrate the organization’s 33rd birthday on June 19. The event took place at its Miami Central Campus location and featured a barbeque buffet, music, popcorn and snow cone station, and an award ceremony celebrating youth and staff. Guests enjoyed the summer festivities, along with children and teens assisted by the organization’s support services and programs for youth in crisis.

Nine of Miami Bridge’s best team members were honored as 2018 staff award winners for their extraordinary contributions toward the care of the organization’s youth and for exemplifying a consistent spirit of excellence.

Miami Bridge Summer BBQ guests.

This year’s winners were:

  • Brian Nereus, Miami Bridge Employee of the Year
  • Nicole Cardenas, Runner-up, Miami Bridge Employee of the Year
  • Tracy Scott, RN, Outside the Box Thinker and Excellence in Humor & Entertainment Awards
  • Lashonda Chavis, Runner-up, Outside the Box Thinker Award
  • Antoinette Graham & Taryn Lightbourne, Excellence in Humor & Entertainment Award
  • D’Mychal Norwood & Kanisha Williams, Mr. & Ms. Congeniality Award
  • Richard Rabathaly, Human Handbook Award

“Our award recipients represent some of the very best in residential youth care. We wanted to honor them for their outstanding service as they provide the very best for each child that walks through the doors of our shelters,” stated Dorcas Wilcox, CEO of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. “Thanks to our incredible staff and loyal supporters, Miami Bridge has been able to be a tireless advocate for the well-being of Miami’s youth and families in crisis for 33 years.”

Miami Bridge works with all youth and specializes in rescuing kids and teens from lives of victimization and crime, providing them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment. It also provides access to non-residential family crisis intervention programs and truancy diversion services in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to assist truant youth in overcoming issues that impede school attendance and personal development.

Kanisha Williams, Ms. Congeniality Award Recipient, Dorcas Wilcox, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc., D’Mychal Norwood, Mr. Congeniality Award Recipient.

About Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Miami Bridge was established in 1985 and serves as Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teens in crisis ages 10-17. For more than 33 years, the non-profit organization has worked to rescue youth in the community from lives of victimization and crime by providing refuge, protection and specialized care in a nurturing, stable environment. Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 600 children and teens, providing over 10,000 care days for those individuals, as well as counseling to more than 550 families with children ages 6-17. For additional information, please visit

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