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Maria Serrano (far left) visited Cozumel, Mexico in January 2015 with her mother, Claudia Niño, father, Carlos Serrano, and brother, Mauricio Serrano (far right).  Photo: Courtesy of Serrano’s family.

Millennial breadwinners

Maria Serrano, then 22, scrambled through her final exam feeling like her head was on the brink of shattering. After turning in her test, Serrano stumbled to the nearest restroom to heave. Hours later, her mother rushed her to Baptist Hospital. “The pressure was too much,” Serrano said. “I lost all control. I lost all power.” Serrano was a full-time ...

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On Nov. 14, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento plays in the Copa ESPN Miami tournament semifinal against North Miami Beach’s Boca Juniors. Maria Serrano South Florida News Service

Prominent international soccer clubs are establishing academies in South Florida

Ever since he was 4 years old, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento has dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. After stints with the now-bankrupt Italian Parma and Argentine Vélez Sarsfield, he is trying to make his dream a reality. Kerry, 14, is enrolled in Inter de Milan’s South Florida youth academy. Inter is one of Italy’s most successful club teams. “I ...

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Danny Hayoun, guitar mentor, shows students the different styles of guitars and basic notes. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Guitars Over Guns mentoring program helps kids express themselves through the arts

When Finest Meridor was 11 years old, he was reserved and felt like he had nothing to do during his free time. Now 18, Meridor is a member of the drama club and vice president of the engineering club at North Miami High School, and handles music production of a band that performs at ArtWalk in Wynwood. Meridor said he ...

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Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with ...

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Aiyesha Ghani and Megan Newmans Johnson lead an AcroYoga Class at Inhale Miami a new yoga studio in Little Haiti on October 8. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service) 

Little Haiti yoga studio reaches out to community

Inhale Miami, a new yoga studio in Little Haiti, is looking to get people into the fold by offering individual classes in November for $7. Rikki Kamensky, who opened the studio in September, said she also is reaching out to neighborhood children, hoping their curiosity brings them in after school for classes. “Yoga helps them understand their emotions instead of ...

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Vanessa Guzman, 24, is working on building her career as a disc jockey in Miami with the help of Jordan Sanchez, 27, her mentor and promoter. She has been training with him every week for two months. (Photo by Maria Serrano, South Florida News Service)

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he realized his life wasn’t complete ...

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Agustin Guardiola prepares free samples at an event in All Angels Academy Episcopal School in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Mama’s Guava)

Two young college grads from Miami get taste of success selling Mama’s Guava Bars

One September afternoon in 2011, the smell of walnuts and guava filled the air at the Village at Science Drive apartment complex in Orlando. As neighbors began knocking on their door asking for samples, Agustin Guardiola and Alejandro DeZayas knew they had finally pinpointed the start of their business. “I never thought I would pursue a business in guava products. ...

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For Claudia Bustillos, left in pink, the water and the mind connect during a paddleboard yoga session because it is part of the meditation. (Photo by Daniela Rios, South Florida News Service)

Yoga on the water: SUP helps build balance and muscles

The bluish-green wall with lotus shapes at Om Beats yoga studio resembles the ocean. Claudia Bustillos, 38, owner of Om Beats, said she planned it to reflect her love of the ocean and yoga, which she developed as a young girl. “Yoga and water sports are my passion. They make me feel alive,” said Bustillos, who moved to Miami from ...

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Future Ladies: Onix Morera, right, teaches Maria Lopez, 15, good posture as part of the Future Ladies of America program. (Photo by Hellen Rivas, South Florida News Service)

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis: Creating a program to develop ...

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Laura Florio and Candlebox lead singer, Kevin Martin, talk to participants of Peanut Butter & Jelly Project following a feeding. (Photo by Christopher Salas / South Florida News Service)

PBandJ Project: Local Non-Profit Organization Feeds The Homeless In Downtown Fort Lauderdale

When Laura Florio, 33, and her husband, Micah Harris, 38, were at a local grocery store with a cart full of food for themselves, Florio decided she wanted to make a difference in the community.  She began filling the cart up with food for others: loaves of bread, bologna, cheese, two cases of water, mustard and mayo. Harris stopped his ...

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