Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent bullying, violence and suicide among youth families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education, was selected to be featured in this season of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire”. The show will air Sunday, August 5th at 8/7c PM.
“When I was approached to take part in a documentary about people helping others in the community, I would have never in a million years guessed it was for this amazing show,” said Jowharah Sanders, NVEEE’s Founder and Executive Director. “We are honored, humbled, and thankful to ABC and the Secret Millionaire for their generosity and support,” said Sanders.
Bullying in South Florida has been documented in the media with two of the most highly profiled, horrific, and heart-breaking cases about a 15 yr-old named Josie Lou Ratley, and 15 yr-old Michael Brewer. NVEEE provided long term services to Josie and her family to aid in her recovery, while implementing strong educational campaigns in response to the ongoing crisis concerning bullying and youth suicide.
NVEEE is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people and the their families. The organization, in conjunction with their teen Peace Ambassadors, Joseph Zolobczuk, MS Ed., and other students from University of Miami’s School of Education & Human Development, Community and Social Change Master’s Program, created a program evaluation for NVEEE’s Not on My Watch School-wide Bullying Prevention Program. The purpose of the Not On My Watch program is to reduce bullying incidents in elementary, middle and high schools, and to initiate a systemic prevention network within the school community.
“I am proud to be a part of such an influential program,” said Jaclyn Stapp, national spokeswoman for NVEEE, “As someone who grew up being bullied, I want to express words of encouragement to others and send the message that bullying will no longer be tolerated. With the help of NVEEE, its volunteers, mentors and teens, the new anti-bullying programs have a winning chance, especially with the support of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” TV show.”
Michelle Williams, Singer and Actress, is the newly appointed celebrity spokeswoman for NVEEE. "I know the feeling of being bullied!” said Williams. “I was bullied in elementary school. I want to use my voice for those who have no one to speak up for them. I want to empower them to stand up for themselves. No one should have to tolerate bullying."
On Saturday, September 15, 2012, NVEEE will welcome entertainers, celebrities, business leaders and elected officials as they host their 2nd Annual Not On My Watch Red Carpet VIP Reception to celebrate the premiere of ABC’s Secret Millionaire. Special guests include NVEEE’s national spokespersons Jaclyn Stapp, author of Wacky Jacky, Grammy-award winner and Broadway star Michelle Williams, and other celebrity profiles.
A private acoustic set will be performed by Grammy winner Scott Stapp, lead Singer of the multi-platinum band “CREED” and author of his new memoir, “Sinner’s Creed”, will be a special highlight of the evening. The event will be held at Highbar, atop the new Dream Hotel in South Beach. The fundraiser will benefit the organization’s “Not On My Watch” School-wide Bullying Prevention Program and as a special surprise, will be hosted by NVEEE’s Secret Millionaire.
“We are incredibly moved by the support of our sponsors, volunteers, and friends because without their dedication, selflessness, and generous donations, NVEEE’s work would not be possible, added Sanders. “The event is our way of celebrating our growth and gratitude for our inclusion on Secret Millionaire.”
For donations, event information and tickets go to: http://www.NVEEE.org
NVEEE is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in October 2009. Our mission is to prevent bullying, violence and suicide among youth families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. We are a diverse team of professional educators, business leaders, parents and students who took our concerns about student safety and well-being and put our passion into action–moving from bystanders to community leaders.
NVEEE has reached nearly 10,000 teachers, students, parents, and community leaders through our Mentoring Program, Peace Ambassador Program, After School Program, and our signature Not On My Watch School-wide Bullying Prevention Programs. We were also honored in Washington D.C. by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson with a Proclamation entered into the Library of Congress and the Congressional Records of the United States for our work in providing children and families with support services, and being “agents of change.”
Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, with offices in Miami, NVEEE directly impacts the South Florida community, and now our work is expanding to communities in California, Georgia, New York, North, Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Visit http://www.NVEEE.org or call 1.855.2.BE.A.VOICE
About Secret Millionaire
Some of America's most successful self-made millionaires will spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately provide members of the community with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. The show is based on the hit UK series of the same name. Each episode of Secret Millionaire follows one of America's most successful business people for a week as they leave their luxurious lifestyles behind. They'll keep their true identities hidden and go live in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods.
During this life changing experience these "secret millionaires" will attempt to remain undiscovered while coexisting with the most generous and sacrificing “in need” individuals within the community. At the end, the secret millionaires reveal their true identity and donate a portion of their own money to these local heroes.