The Revenue Club
To return is noble, but to mentor is divine.
The Revenue Club is a mentoring program pioneered by two Miami-Dade County Public School alumni to connect alumni from each high school with current students at their alma mater. The Revenue Club is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The purpose of the Revenue Club is to offer high school students the opportunity to network with volunteer mentors who graduated from their same high school and who are now successful professionals in the community, in turn, building a foundation of success for the newer generation.
Benefits of the program include:
Why the name "Revenue"?
The concept was realized by two Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School alumni, Frank Diaz and Susana Alvarez-Diaz, class of 1990 and 1989, respectively. The name was chosen by taking the definition of the French word revenue. In business, revenue is defined as the total amount of money received by the company for goods or services provided during a certain time period. Revenue is also the past participle of the French verb revenir, which means to come back. It is a simple double entendre of the business application and the French definition of the word revenue.
The Revenue Club mentor program aims to build community bonds between mentors and their high school alma mater in order to offer real-life support and lessons to high school students as they transition into life beyond high school.
The Revenue Club was born in 2006 from a simple, great idea. Susana Alvarez-Diaz, graduate of Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School was teaching a dual-enrollment class at Miami-Dade College offered at Hialeah-Miami Lakes(HML). She was concerned by how little the students knew about the great history and successes of HML alumni.
Susana thought about all the benefits private schools have through the support of their alumni and that public schools tend to lack. Susana discussed this with her husband, Frank Diaz, whom she met while they were both students at HML. They realized that this was a way to create a tremendous value-added for the public school students, not only creating opportunities and experience for the students, but fostering community and school pride.
As the saying goes, "Revenue drives growth." The name "revenue" was a perfect fit for the program.