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Be Strong International

9730 E. Hibiscus Street Palmetto Bay, FL 33157, Palmetoo Bay, Florida, 33157, United States

Phone: 305-969-7829

Fax: 786-242-1981

Email Be Strong International

About Be Strong International

Established January 1980

As a Miami-Dade County Public school teacher during the 1980s, Althea McMillan witnessed promising youth drop out of school because of premature pregnancies. Herself a former 15-year-old pregnant dropout, she was the product of a high-crime, economically-blighted Miami neighborhood. Like her, she knew that her students from similar neighborhoods faced chances of not graduating high school, going to college or merely escaping the destructive cycles that plagued their families and communities.

The prospect of pregnancy, in fact, drastically increased when these youth became involved in early risky behaviors as a result of trauma in broken families. Many of her students came from single-parent homes that lacked the resources, knowledge and skills to break these generational patterns. As a result, McMillan became committed to educating youth and parents on fostering and maintaining themselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Her goal was to end the cycle of broken individuals and family relationships. In 1992, she founded Abstinence Between Strong Teens, which is now Be Strong International, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She grew the organization almost single-handedly until the community started to take notice of its impact. The organization received its first grant in 1998, and today, has expanded its mission and helped thousands of youth and families. She knew that with the right tools, youth and parents could succeed and live the Be Strong lifestyle.


To provide holistic educational services and resources to youth and parents in broken families in order to develop and maintain healthy relationships


To transform communities by enriching individuals and families with effective relationship tools

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