World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day was celebrated on June 14, 2013, by all DCF sponsored agencies at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. SAVES collaborated with DCF to provide media releases, entertainment, and exhibits. During the celebration, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Chairwoman Rebecca Sosa presented Ms. Miranda and Dr. Felicia Gil with certificates of appreciation for their contribution to the event. As part of the celebration, a Naturalization Oath ceremony was held on June 21, 2013. Ms. Miranda attended this ceremony, which was covered by several TV stations.

World Refugee Day Proclamation | Commissioner Rebecca Sosa
World Refugee Day Naturalization Oath Ceremony

M-DCPS Celebrates World Refugee Day

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Adult Education Center celebrated World Refugee Day on June 19, 2013. The school hosted activities, including guest speakers, students’ recognition and talent shows to highlight the plight, challenges, and strengths of individuals forced to abandon their countries due to political, religious, or persecution.

Miami Sr. Adult Education Center also celebrated World Refugee Day on June 20, 2013. The school had a dinner with food around the world to celebrate the culture of refugees’ countries.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ refugee program – Skills for Academic, Vocational and English Studies (S.A.V.E.S.) – serves approximately 12,000 students a year with free classes, books, childcare services, translation of degrees, and transportation to assist them in resettling in the U.S.A. For additional information about S.A.V.E.S., visit, http.// or call 305 548-3493. Florida Department of Education.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary visits SAVES

Mr. David Wilkins, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families and Mr. Hiram Ruiz, Director of Refugee Services, visited The English Center (TEC) on May 20, 2013. They visited classrooms and highlighted the services provided by SAVES. They also met and interviewed a group of SAVES recipient students in ESOL classes. The students shared their career goals and explained how SAVES has helped them.


Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary visits SAVES

Mr. Hiram Ruiz, Director of Refugee Services, visits the Jose Marti Mathematics, Science and Technology (MAST) 6-12 Academy on September 25, 2013. At this school, approximately 24 youngsters 16 to 18 years old receive services from S.A.VE.S., and the Cuban National Council. The students receive services in a college bound positive environment, in which they feel welcome, can socialize with other students their age and have their language and academic needs met. The students are self-contained in a fast-track GED, ESOL program in technology-enriched classrooms. Mr. Ruiz visited the classroom and was very inquisitive about the experience and services the students receive and their plans after completing the program. The students indicated that they plan to pursue a college education. He was very impressed with the program and encouraged SAVES. to create centers like this one in other schools in Miami-Dade County.