Our Vision is to improve the quality of life for youth and teens in order to foster a future as healthy, productive, and responsible citizens.
Our Mission is to educate, empower and enrich
the lives of youth and teens.
We provide support for high school graduation and opportunities for college placement.
We provide the tools for self-improvement and leadership development, especially for underserved and at-risk youth.
We provide an arts platform for community engagement and cultural enrichment.
Alexander Harris is an academician, humanitarian and an international award winning music entertainer and has more than 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, leading youth and community empowerment initiatives both domestically and internationally.
Herbert Murphy is an academician, humanitarian and has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership in the nonprofit sector, successfully developing youth and community organizations throughout Florida and Maryland, especially for at-risk teens and youths that empower and challenge their development.
Corporate Board Leaders
ACT is governed by a Corporate Board consisting of passionate and committed community, business, and civic leaders.The Board has two major purposes: (1) to set direction, and (2) to provide the necessary resources that will enable us to serve the youth’s needs. More Information
Board V. Chairperson
Chief Executive Officer
J. Dustin Symes
Alex Harris, MSW, MTS
Herbert Murphy, MBA
Maria Giacalone Mozo
When Alex Harris and Herbert Murphy met, they immediately knew they had something special, something even magical. They both shared a deep-seeded, lifelong, active love for the arts, as well as for fostering that very same love in youths. The two men not only wanted to share their own gifts with children, they wanted to change the lives of their students in the same way the arts had changed their own.
Alex, an award-winning recording artist, with an academic background that boasts a BA, MSW, and MTS, and Herbert, hailing from a family to whom music was central and possessing both a degree in Recording Arts and Sound Engineering and an MBA, quickly decided it was imperative that they join forces. They saw the immediate need to invoke the arts in order to help bring to the surface the gifts of others, specifically those in underserved communities. It was then that ACT was born, both out of love and out of necessity.
Now in it’s fifth year, ACT has soared to heights Herbert and Alex had initially only dreamed of. ACT now serves close to five hundred disadvantaged youths in Florida in a multitude of arts-related after school programs. The arts, in all forms, truly shaped and molded both Alex and Herbert into the successful, business-minded, and art-influenced men they are today. As a result, they are now thrilled to share their gifts, and the gifts of many others, with those in this arts education initiative. Their passion is palpable in all that they do, as Herbert says, they attempt to “close the gap between vision and reality” while educating, empowering, and enriching. Florida’s youth, now with access to arts programs of all kinds, is well on their way to a life filled with song and so much more.