Switchboard is pleased to announce it has received a $1,500,000 grant from the Office of Minority Health. These funds will support Project EMERGE (Empowered Males Each Reaching Goals Effectively).

The goal of the 3-year project is to help over 50 at risk minority males 14-18 years of age from high risk communities, access opportunities to learn skills, gain experience, and address difficulties that contribute to healthier life choices and enhanced capacity to live more positive lifestyles.

Since its inception over 46 years  ago and over the  past few years, Switchboard have provided evidence-based programs to about 9549 minority male youth with favorable outcomes, such as drug use reduction and alcohol consumption reduction, and more likely to use birth control and condoms.


Switchboard’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Struchtemeyer: “Switchboard is a fixture in Miami Dade County and we have been awarded multiple grants from the Federal Government to work with youth in the community. This is another great way for us to serve minority male youth in South Miami Dade County. I am looking forward to building strong foundations for male youth to exceed”.

Office of Minority Health Mission:  “The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities”.

Switchboard is a private, nonprofit organization that provides the community with comprehensive telephone crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The agency also offers individual and family counseling services, developmental screenings for children and development programs for high-risk youth and their families based in local schools. In addition, Switchboard has a telephone reassurance program for seniors and homebound individuals to prevent loneliness.

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, please call our 24/7 Helpline, at 305-358-HELP.  Our counselors are here to listen to you and provide emotional support.