Miami Children's Team: Shownda  Pagan

Shownda Pagan

Senior Executive of Operations and Programs

Why Miami Children’s Initiative?

Because there is no other organization like it! We go to the clients and meet them exactly where they are. I don’t just mean physically; I mean mentally & emotionally. We address our community holistically. We work to improve the home, the family, and the foundation that makes them who they are and who they want to become. We allow our team to DREAM big and look for ways to make those DREAMS to come true. We reach not just for the stars but search the entire galaxy to provide our people with the LOVE, HOPE, RESPECT and FUTURE that they deserve.

What’s the best part of your work?

The People, The Partners, The Collaboration. Everyone is in it for the greater good.

What’s your most memorable MCI experience?

One day - close to 2 years after being on the block, knocking on doors, painting, cleaning, sharing our vision, enrolling children in programs, asking parents to read to their children and getting the community to engage with one another and get involve in self Advocacy. During a late afternoon at one of our hosted block parties, while music is playing, children are playing and food grilling – a young child; he could not have been more than 5 or 6 years old. Walked over to one of our team members with a book and asked “Could you please read this book to me?” WOW! I knew then the impact we were making.

How has MCI impacted your life?   

MCI allows you an opportunity to strip yourself of all of the layers of what you think should of, could of, would of been and examine instead How, when, where and who.

Please name your favorite childhood character real or imaginary.

Wonder Woman

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