Event Details


January 12, 2018


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 12, 2018


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 4th Annual Zo’s Winter Groove kicks off on Friday, January 12th 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.


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2018 Panelist

Zo's Youth Summit

The 4th Annual Zo’s Winter Groove kicks off on Friday, January 12th 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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Gerald Washington  

Entrepreneur, Executive Producer & Public Speaker

Gerald Washington is living proof that the American dream is alive and well! Having built several million-dollar companies in his early twenties, he lost everything during the economic down turn of the late 2000’s. Humbled, and forced to work at Taco Bell to feed his family, his drive and tenacity have allowed him to return to the top of the proverbial mountaintop.

He is now the President and Co-Owner of East 112th Street Productions, as well as an Executive Producer of Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show, Executive Producer for Funderdome, Showtime at the Apollo, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, Little Big Shots, and for the Miss Universe/Miss USA franchise. Recently, he has also served as Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning Steve Harvey TV Show. Washington’s quick ascension to the top of the television world should not come as a surprise, as he has a long-standing history as a successful innovator and entrepreneur. He made $7,000 per year selling candy in high school and while at Occidental College, founded a marketing company that promoted national concert tours and counted Coca-Cola among its clients.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Advanced Economics with a minor in Psychology from Occidental, Washington founded a real estate company with his then girlfriend, and future wife, Patrice. They amassed over 40 houses and the company saw annual revenues of over $2 million, but the 2008 recession hit them hard. As fate would have it, Washington was introduced to Steve Harvey’s former manager, during those down years. After working a 12-hour shift at Taco Bell, Washington would drive to McDonald’s residence and work as an overnight security guard. He was eventually offered an assistant position with Steve Harvey’s production company. The rest, as they say, is history. Washington climbed the production ladder at the company, before eventually being promoted to Co-Executive Director of the Steve Harvey Foundation, and later Partner and President of the Steve Harvey World Group.

As Harvey’s current partner and business manager, Washington has helped negotiate deals with companies such as T-Mobile, Ford, State Farm, NBC, Fox, and State Farm. He has also overseen the growth of new business ventures like the transformational coaching company Act Like a Success and Easy Bacon, Harvey’s first food product.

Losing everything during the recession, only to bounce back even stronger, has proven that Gerald Washington is the ultimate winner. His unique management style and business acumen only ensure that you will be hearing his name for years to come.

Patrice Washington
(Entrepreneur, Public Speaker & Author)

Patrice Washington is a nationally recognized best-selling author, featured columnist, television commentator, transformational speaker, spokesperson, radio host and leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success for women and youth.

A licensed real estate professional by her sophomore year in college and a real estate and mortgage broker at 21 years old, Patrice took her boutique brokerage from the dining room of her 700-square foot condo to a 7-figure real estate empire by just 25. After losing her fortune in the Great Recession, she dedicated her life to not just rebuilding and reinventing her own life, but helping the masses move from debt management to money mastery.

Nationally known as “America’s Money Maven”, Patrice has had tremendous success with her “money mindset” approach to personal finance. Her teachings go beyond coupon cutting, budgeting, and credit repair, and focus on shifting mindset, earning more, and living your purpose. Patrice is committed to redefining the term “wealth”, encouraging women to have “wealth” in all aspects of their lives by pursuing their dreams, being fulfilled, and earning more without ever chasing money.

She has built a thriving community of engaged women committed to taking their personal finances, careers, and lives to the next level, and continues to invest in women worldwide through her work.

Today, Patrice’s wisdom on money matters has been tapped as a recurring voice by national brands such as NBC, FOX News, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and more. She’s been profiled by The New York Post, SUCCESS Magazine and Women of Wealth Magazine and is most known as the personal finance voice of the top-rated and nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show where she hosts her own weekly segment, Real Money Answers with Patrice Washington. Additionally, she is the consulting producer for Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME, from Mark Burnett, a top-rated, seed-funding competition reality series where two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies. Each year she electrifies tens of thousands as a sought-after speaker from colleges to churches and conferences nationally and has shared the stage with renowned speakers such as Lisa Nichols, Laila Ali, Paul C. Brunson and Steve Harvey. Most recently, Patrice appeared on Centric TV’s, The Round, delivering a dynamic and empowering talk on success.

Additionally, as a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), with a degree in Business, and emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Patrice is very involved with USC’s student and alumni community, sharing her teachings and career journey.Besides professional achievements such as receiving the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award at the State Capitol and an Honorary Kentucky Colonel recognition, Patrice believes her greatest accomplishment is marrying her college sweetheart, Gerald Washington and raising their energetic daughter, Reagan.

Arnold Chandler
(Advocate, Researcher, Trainer & Strategy Consultant)

Arnold L. Chandler is an advocate, researcher, trainer and strategy consultant who for more than 15 years has helped nonprofits and foundations advance programs and policies focused on social and economic equity. He has been working on efforts to improve the health and well-being of boys and men of color specifically since 2007. Recently, he was a Senior Policy Associate with the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley Law School working on policies to improve the lives of Boys and Men of color across California. Before that he was a Research Analyst working with a team to reform the Oakland Police Department to reduce biased policing and police abuse as part of a federal lawsuit settled in 2001. Now he works with foundations and nonprofit organizations to advance their most mission-critical strategic initiatives. Chandler’s work is focused on mission impact strategy, evidence-based practices, and leadership development for social change and equity-focused organizations. As a researcher and policy strategist, Chandler has also authored several important policy analyses and studies in the social justice field as well as advised several nonprofit organizations on the use of Internet tools for supporting advocacy and social change efforts. He also trains the staff of nonprofit organizations in how to conduct research using cutting-edge Internet tools and techniques. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Janet.

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.


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 Bill Diggs at (305) 476-0095.