The mission of Branches, Inc. is "to serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial stability services in partnership with our communities." Branches provides life-changing opportunities to working families and their children so they may break the cycle of generational poverty.
The Grow Program serves elementary students preparing them for lifelong success through enrichment of their minds, bodies and hearts. Our engagement with the students begins after school with tutoring and homework help but continues with enrichment activities including:
- Summer Shade Camp
- Recreational Activities
- Social Skill Development
- Healthy Meals and Snacks
The Grow program lays the foundation to make a long-term impact in the lives of children by retaining a high percentage of students over many years. Consequently, the learning and the growth that take place in the life of a Branches student in one year becomes the foundation for further personal development and growth the next year. After just a few consistent years of engagement at Branches, students are not only in the mindset of setting goals but they are achieving goals on a regular basis.
The Climb Program serves middle and high school students focusing on the development of their individual assets in order to maximize opportunities to become better students and better people. Through the guidance and support of caring staff and volunteers, Branches youth are able to participate in:
- Life Skills
- Service Projects
- College Readiness
- OASIS Spring Break Camp
- Academic Tutoring
- Climb thru College Scholarships
The Achieve Programs target the well-being of the entire community through services fostering financial stability and long term success. Achieve programs are uniquely branded and serve Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
- United Way Center for Financial Stability (UWCFS) - housed and operated by Branches, the UWCFS offers a full range of personal financial coaching services
- ASSETS Small Business Solutions
- Ways to Work Car Loan Program
- Free VITA Tax Preparation
- Emergency Services Network
The Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life.
Gerson Preston Robinson
Mr. Brent McLaughlin
Ms. Janine Barzyk
Director of Finance
Mrs. Isabelle Pike
Director of Development
Mrs. Kim Torres
Director of Student Services
Mrs. Karla Bachmann
Director of Financial Services
Associate Director of Student Services
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.