Thanks for Supporting Project KnuckleHead’s Most Successful Year!

Annual Report 2015

Founder's Message:

For me, last year will be remembered as the year Project KnuckleHead took it to the next level. This email highlights 15 of our greatest accomplishments in 2015. Each of them are memorialized in the inspirational video below. Our success would not be possible without your support.

Our most significant project last year was creating the Annual Project Knucklehead Gala, a tradition that will completely fund our programs for years to come. The annual gala tradition in Miami and Los Angeles has made us a sustainable organization. We have achieved a level of stability rare for non-profits.

We served 330+ youth with less than $12,000 in 2015. Our students painted murals, received academic support and interventions, performed live, hosted a gallery, and flourished in a safe after school space. This year we hope to do even more. Check out our goals for 2016 below. We also highlight multiple ways you can support our youth.

Wishing you happiness and health in the new year.

Thanks for believing in the movement to inspire youth through self-expression and education.

Amir Whitaker Ed.D., Esq.

Founder of Project KnuckleHead


Watch us inspire hundreds of youth across the country through education, music, art, and mentoring programs. This video combines all of the new footage below. [VIDEO]


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Launching a project to allow our students to record their music. Watch them make beats and rock the mic together! [VIDEO]
Reviving our most impactful program, our DIG Youth Summit. Watch students dance battle a legendary Miami Hurricane as they transform educational Dreams Into Goals. [VIDEO]
Creating our gala tradition that will sustain our programs for years to come. Here's a glimpse of how it went down in Miami! [VIDEO]
Served seven schools across Florida, California, and New Jersey. Watch LA students use our program to cope with the tragic death of a loyal student while raising money for his family. [VIDEO]
Field trips to baseball games, art galleries, universities, and cultural attractions. [VIDEO]
Murals painted by our students.
Live musical performances by our students. Watch our 7-piece student band perform at graduation. [VIDEO]
More than 30 volunteers and mentors gave back 200+ hours through our programs.

Relaunched our brand with the support of the University of Miami School of Communications.

10. Free musical instruments and equipment provided to youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
11. Multiple news articles, including coverage in the Miami Herald.
12. Over 330 youth served through our music, art, educational, and afterschool programs.
13. Partnered with the Center for Social Change in Miami for development assistance and program scaling.
14. Over 100 supporters, 8 corporate sponsorships, and our largest contribution to date thanks to Dr. Lynne and M. John Richard.
15. Several fundraising initiatives including partnerships with Amazon and Macy’s.


  • Serve 5 schools through our Dreams Into Goals (DIG) Youth Summit with the assistance of Center for Social Change
  • Launch one of the nation’s only music therapy programs for youth in the juvenile justice system
  • Double the service area of our Miami music and art program
  • Double the impact of our Los Angeles after school program
  • Provide 20 youth with musical instruments and equipment
  • Provide 25 youth with tablet PCs to bridge the digital divide


  1. Sponsor one of our programs for a week ($30/Bronze), two weeks ($60/Silver), a month ($120/Gold), or a whole semester ($400/Platinum).
  2. Click here so that 0.05% of your purchase is donated to Project KnuckleHead.
  3. Buy a shirt or tank top on sale for $10.
  4. Donate new or used art supplies, musical instruments, and electronics (laptop, tablets, etc) to our program.
  5. Volunteer your time to mentor, facilitate a youth workshop, assist with organizational tasks, or help plan our gala.


M. John Richard and Dr. Lynne Richard
Langer Law P.A.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

LSGMI/Community Justice Project
Tiffany Krause
Dr. Sandra Fishinger
Chrispin Clarke

Farrah Shuaib and Fernando Medrano

Wynwood Loft Event Space
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 
DJ Niko Star
Miami-Dade Mayor, Carlos Gimenez


Ironflower Fitness
Alix Terpos
Patrick Alayon
Venus International Beauty Center and Spa
Kevin Yombor
Tania Galloni
Eric Medrano


Amy Perez
Donald Watson
Brian Ercole
Tania Galloni
Jessica Zagier
Christian Maldonado
Vanessa Thorrington
Robert Rueda
Linsly Brown
Maria Morales
Nayeli Gomez
Tara Trautmann
Marni Lennon
Chris Saunders
Gwen Richards
Jillian Gonzalez
Krista Hauk
Melissa Urrutia
Sinar Lomeli
Melissa Clarke
Jennah Blau


Jose Navarro
David Wilson
Miriam Haskell
Nejla Calvo
Cecilia Morales
Pauline Green
Guerby Noel
Alejandra Novoa
Karla Saucedo
Natasha Robinson
Miguel Darce
Darlene Clarke
Jorge De La Paz
Franz Destin Jr
Carlos Valdez
Ryan Forest
Mike Kranzler
Jordan Behlman
Peter Figueredo
Natalie Cole
Eileen Espinal
Leah Weston
Richard Bogart
Grey Tesh
Michael Kranzler
Monisha Lewis
Ethan Moskowitz
Aaron Tabas
Ibis Aguilar
Jeannette Garcia
Isabella Aivaliotis
Jovan Jacobs
Ashley Aceves
Michael Kurland
Christopher Steele

Vania Salgar
Meena Jagganath
Charlotte Cassel
Jeffrey Hearne
Alana Greer
Liam McGivern

Wendy Osawa
Francisco Iturbe
Michelle Llosa
Emilia Vilaire
Jordan Resavid

Drew Balcom
Rosezetta Upshaw
My Coach Larry
Andy Franco
Jordan Belman
Yesenia Garrido
Themistokles Katsaros
Alberto Ramirez
Stephanie Garcia
Deanna Henderson
Yahaira Vega
Alejandro Valenzuela
Travis Tillery
Brittnay Wittnebel
Yesenia Garrido
Adrian Medrano
Eboney Pearson
Jose Ramos Jr
Michelle Guevara
Kush Burger by Lokal
Vice City Bean
Tupelo Honey
Wendy Osawa
Francisco Iturbe
Norma Carter
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