It’s an experience shared by many teens and pre-teens: bullying. When 6th Grader Rebecca Zerbo experienced it, she decided to fight back against the feelings of anger and embarrassment. And so Zerbo created a pocket-sized card with a self-esteem boosting message on it. “When I was feeling down, I pulled it out and read it to myself as a reminder that I’m alright,” she recalls. The card had such a powerful impact, she decided to share her strategy, creating Positive Pocket. The organization prints colorful cards with uplifting messages and distributes them free of charge to kids and adults who need a little support to get through the day. “Positive Pocket helps people by giving them hope and making them understand how special they are,” she says; PositivePocket.org.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we introduce you to a few of Miami’s most dynamic Latino leaders who are breaking the mold and making the city thrive
Tax attorney Suzanne DeWitt is a financial artist. She takes a canvas and paints a picture, which is the design principle of tax minimization. While she is well versed in the rules, she takes a practical, more entrepreneurial approach, passionately finding the best solution of what clients not only shouldn’t be doing, but also what they should, for each individual situation. She’s a deal maker, not a deal breaker.