Three Miami-Dade High School Students Win Competition to Raise Awareness of Homeless

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Winning entries were showcased at the Miami International Film Festival

Encouraged by their TV & Film production teachers, dozens of students from high schools throughout Dade, Broward & Monroe Counties submitted entries for the 4th Annual Miami Coalition for the Homeless Student Competition. One winner was selected in each of three categories based on the theme "Homeless: Hands that Hurt or Hands that Help?" The purpose of the competition was to create highly entertaining and thought-provoking media focused on ending violence against the homeless.

The winning students are: Bailey Stasevich of Miami Beach Senior High School for her public service announcement Helping Hands; David Harrison of Design & Architecture Senior High School for his short film/documentary Shantytown; and Luis Martinez of Miami Senior for his original song Let's Heal.

"It is truly heartening to see our students so involved in helping those who are less fortunate," said Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Schools. "We stress the importance of community service, but when we see our students helping those who are desperately in need and have such limited options, it makes us very proud of them."

The winning public service announcement and the winning short film/documentary can be viewed for free at The winning song can be downloaded for free on iTunes.

The Miami Coalition for the Homeless ( was founded in 1987 to promote community efforts to prevent and end homelessness in South Florida. The Coalition was instrumental in the creation of the Homeless Providers Forum, the Miami Supportive Housing Corporation and is a founding member of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

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