Fast Facts

  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in July 1990 when a Miami student was recognized at the Miami Police Department for turning in a loaded gun he found at his school.
  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. recognizes and rewards children in our community for positive behavior, accomplishments, and/or actions in conjunction with local law enforcement.
  • Since its inception, Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. has directly impacted over 225,000 students in over 460 schools in Miami-Dade County.
  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. distributes 500 – 1,000 Do The Right Thing T-shirts, free pizza certificates, bumper stickers, personalized certificates of recognition, and letters of congratulations from the City of Miami and Miami-Dade Schools chiefs of police every month during the school year to each student nominated for “doing the right thing.”
  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. holds a monthly awards ceremony at the Miami Police Academy auditorium to honor the 10 top winners with mini tablets, plaques, chocolate trophies, Do The Right Thing T-shirts, free pizza certificates, and passes to area attractions.
  • One top middle or high school “Special Recognition” winner every month wins a trip to Washington, D.C. One top elementary school “Special Recognition” winner every month wins a trip to Rapids Water Park. The Do The Right Thing Program escorts  these  winners along with police chaperones as a group.
  • The Do The Right Thing Program also hosts an array of crime prevention activities throughout the year including anti-crime prevention contests with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, stress management seminars, and anti-violence youth rallies.
  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. is funded, in part, by the Miami Police  Department as well as other Miami-Dade law enforcement agencies.  Additional support is sought from private donations including corporations, foundations, and philanthropists around the community.
  • Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. was so successful, other law enforcement agencies around the United States and abroad expressed interest in starting their own chapters.
  • Do The Right Thing, Inc., the national umbrella of Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc., was formed in 1993. National training materials were developed and the program now markets itself on a national level to other law enforcement agencies.
  • The Cape Coral (FL) Police/Fire Department became the first national Do The Right Thing chapter in February 1995.
  • The Miami Police Department now houses the international headquarters of Do The Right Thing, Inc.
  • Since 1995, Do The Right Thing, Inc. has grown to 59 chapters around the United States, one chapter in London, England and three chapters in Germany.
  • For further information, please contact Jodi Atkison, Executive Director at 305-603-6957.