Event Details


January 13, 2017


School Registration starts
at 8:00 am


Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Zo’s Youth Summit Groove –
Friday, January 13, 2017


The Mourning Family Foundation in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools will host a panel discussion with nationally recognized panelists to dialogue about issues and topics that are relevant to today’s youth. Panelists from past Youth Summits include Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, Terence J, Kenny Smith, Dwyane Wade and Charles Barkley. Students will have opportunities to voice concerns and discuss issues that touch their communities, their lives and the world-at-large. Zo’s Youth Summit Groove is planned with strong consideration to educational and life skills matters.

Florida memorial University

Wellness & Athletic Center & Lou Rawls Theater of the Performing Arts

The 3rd Annual Zo’s Winter Groove kicks off on Friday, January 13th at Florida Memorial University’s new Wellness & Athletic Center & famous Lou Rawls Theater of the Performing Arts, with Zo’s Youth Summit…Alonzo Mourning and nationally recognized panelists from across the country discuss relevant issues and topics that are important to our youth.

“The focus is on making sure that we continue to enhance the lives of the young people providing information so they become positive community citizens. We are hoping to give useful, insightful and meaningful information the youth can take away and apply to their daily lives” added Zo.

Last year, hosts Chico Bean and Darren Brand reoccurring cast members of Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out on MTV and MTV2, provided electric entertainment and interaction with the youth. South Florida’s WEDR 99 JAMZ premiere DJ’s, DJ Nasty and DJ Nailz, kept the youth on their feet and enjoying the intermissions of the summit.

Students discussed topics related to police brutality, social media and its influences, body image and post-graduation planning by speakers such as: Author & Former FBI Agent, Quentin Williams, Esq., Founder and CEO of entertainment gossip site Young, Black & Fabulous (The YBF.com), Natasha Eubanks, Political Activist and Author, Kevin Powell, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning.


2016 Participating Schools:

Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High, American Senior High, Booker T. Washington High, Miami Carol City High, Miami Central Senior High, Miami Norland Senior High, Miami Northwestern Senior High

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2017 Panelist

Zo's Youth Summit

The 3rd Annual Zo’s Winter Groove kicks off on Friday, January 13th at Florida Memorial University’s new Wellness & Athletic Center & famous Lou Rawls Theater of the Performing Arts, with Zo’s Youth Summit…Alonzo Mourning and nationally recognized panelists from across the country discuss relevant issues and topics that are important to our youth.

Alonzo Mourning
Founder of Mourning Family Foundation

When we first founded Mourning Family Foundation over 10 years ago, we never imagined the level of success and impact it would have today. We started this organization with a sincere desire to give back to Miami, the city that has significantly impacted our lives. >> More

Tracy Wilson Mourning
Founder of Honey Shine, Inc.

“In 2002, after a lot of soul searching, I founded the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young girls. It is my calling, and now my mission, to teach and learn through mentoring. My commitment to the Honey Shine Mentoring Program is not only spiritually fulfilling, but also feeds my passion for inspiring future leaders. I invite and encourage other women to join me in shining their light to brighten the paths of our young girls.” – Tracy Wilson Mourning
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Kevin Powell (Back by Popular Demand)
Activist, Writer and Public Speaker

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin has gone on to be the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth. In 2018, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. Kevin's writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell. >> More

Stacy Rose
(Ballers HBO Co-Star)

"Ballers" is the hit comedy-drama series on HBO starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as Spencer Strasmore, a former football superstar, now retired from the NFL and finding his place as a financial manager and mentor for current players. In an effort to create the same success he experienced as a star player for the Miami Dolphins, Spencer builds a client base of young superstars and veteran players, but finds his role in their personal and professional lives far exceeds management of their financial portfolios as he helps them navigate the many pitfalls often experienced by big-time "ballers".

In Season 1, which began its 10-episode run in June 2015, we are introduced to the character of Dr. Robbins, played by Stacy Rose. While mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of business of football, Spencer Strasmore is also trying to get his own life back on track in retirement, which includes dealing with the physical pain that remains after his long successful football career. He sees Dr. Robbins, a neurologist who has been prescribing pain killers for some time and warns that she will not continue to do it forever and advises him to see a therapist, a suggestion he is not prepared to accept. Rose is seen in other episodes later in the season, as Dr. Robbins continues to help Spencer work through his issues.

Jonathan McReynolds
(Recording Artist)

or GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter and producer Jonathan McReynolds, his mission as an artist has always been clear. Since releasing his debut album, Life Music, more than four years ago, his message has become stronger, bolder, braver. “ I’ m older. The first one I put out when I was 21. I was a college student. Now, I’ m a college professor. I’ m 26. I sing better, I write better, I play better,” McReynolds says. On Life Music: Stage Two (September 18, 2015), McReynolds’ excitement spills over into every song. But his joy isn’ t from a man whose debut album peaked at the top of iTunes Christian chart and reached number 3 on Billboard’ s Gospel charts in 2012. Nor is it from a man whose single “ No Gray” was nominated for contemporary/song of the year at the 2014 Dove Awards, or a man who’ d later garner two Stellar Awards nominations for songwriting and new artist of the year in 2014. No, this joy is from a man who’ s reaffirmed his spiritual calling. “ The album is written from the perspective of a guy looking for God in a social media-distracting generation. A shallow generation,” he says. “ I’ m trying to insert a little more depth and focus into the life of a young Christian.” Fans should look no further than McReynolds’ current single, “ Pressure,” to hear his renewed intention. He sings, “ I can’ t even turn on the phone without being reminded of the lie that I am alone, broke and unsuccessful...I can’ t even talk to my friends ‘ cause they have expectations that I may or may not be living up to... So Jesus, take away all the pressure to be someone else that the world has made... Take from me all the pressure to be someone that You did not create.”
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Terri Crooks
(Motivational Speaker)

Terri Crookis on a mission to help women discover their purpose and show them how they can live the life of their dreams. A retired senior manager at the IRS, Terri is quickly becoming one of the country’s leading motivational speakers and leadership trainers. She has shared the stage with renowned speakers such as Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, noted Psychologist and former contributing writer for Essence Magazine, International Speaker and Trainer Les Brown and RadioOne’s Cathy Hughes. In addition to keynote addresses, she has also hosted notable events such as the 2016 Women of Color Empowerment Conference, the Florida Attorney General’s Youth Rally Against Crime, the MAD DADS Conference, the Association for the Improvement of Minorities IRS National Conference, the Metro Broward Entrepreneurial Institute and the Universal Truth Center Women’s Retreat. When she speaks, Terri brings the “WOW” factor, turning special events into memorable occasions and truly unforgettable experiences. She keeps the program moving with laughter, interactive activities and spontaneity. Terri is known for her uncanny ability to take complex topics and make them easy for her audiences to understand. Her witty observations are insightful, clean, intelligent, timely and humorous. Terri’s body of work spans two decades and includes a published book, numerous national speaking engagements as well as television, radio and press appearances. She is currently producing a television drama on the power of thoughts. Her new book, “It’s Only Half Time - Your Playbook to your Second Win(d)”also explores the power of thoughts and explores how women can redesign a plan to move out of their comfort zone and into their calling zone. She shares her many learned lessons from her mismanagement of self, money, time, career and relationships – as well as how she was able to overcome her personal blocks and fully pursue her purpose.

Koryn Hawthorne

Koryn Hawthorne displays a voice and manner much more mature than her seventeen years, and before becoming a finalist in The Voice Competition, she was “a normal teenager” from a small town in Louisiana, singing with a worship group at church, nursing homes, and benefits. She is thankful for the opportunities God has blessed her with through The Voice, and is not afraid of the hard work required to achieve her dreams because she knows that singing is what she’s meant to do.

Koryn Hawthorne auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice singing Emeli Sandé's "My Kind of Love". Both Christina Aguilera and Williams turned around. Hawthorne chose Aguilera as her coach. In the Battle rounds, Hawthorne faced Vance Smith, where they sang "Love Me Harder", a duet by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. Hawthorne was chosen over Smith. During the Knockout rounds, she covered "Try" but lost to her opponent Kimberly Nichole. She was then stolen by Williams.

During the Playoffs she sang How Great Thou Art but was not chosen by the public, who could only save two artists from Williams' team. Williams, who could save one of his three remaining artists, chose her. The following week, she sang Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and was saved by public voting. In the Top 10 she performed "Make It Rain" by Foy Vance, reaching the third position on iTunes and debuting at the 84th position on Hot 100. The following week, she covered "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys and was saved by the public.

In the Top 6, Hawthorne showed her rock side covering R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts" and Aerosmith's "Dream On". In the Top 5, after singing U2's "One" and the traditional song, "Oh Mary Don't You Weep", she was, alongside India Carney, in the bottom two. She sang Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" for her last chance performance, being instantly saved over Carney. In the finale, Hawthorne performed "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown, The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" with coach Williams and also her original song "Bright Fire", written by Williams. She finished in 4th place.

Throughout the competition, Hawthorne's evolution as a singer caught the attention of the coaches. Adam Levine pointed out that never before in the history of The Voice had he seen "such a drastic, incredible, unbelievable journey". Williams compared her drive to succeed to that of Beyoncé. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza declared May 6, 2015 “Koryn Hawthorne Day" and presented her with the key to the city.


Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

How can I register for the summit?

The Youth Summit is a closed event. Selected Miami-Dade County High Schools and local organizations will receive invitations to register their students.

What is the demographic of the participants attending the summit?

The Mourning Family Foundation selects various high schools in Miami-Dade County and encourages their administrations to select students between 9th-12th grades.



How can I get my school or organization on the invite list?

Contact the Mourning Family Foundation at (305) 476.0095 or email jmyers@mourningfamilyfoundation.org to send a request.

Where is the summit being held?

The Youth Summit is being held on the campus of Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (www.fmuniv.edu)

How do I become a sponsor?

To be a sponsor, please contact Melvin Roane of the Roane Consulting Group at (954) 272.6183.