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Making Futures Brighter Through Education

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. The late Dr. Harkins believed that all children, regardless of race, gender, or class deserved to enjoy the best possible future. She devoted her life to helping others.


Event Description:
This event will feature a panel discussion on the film Blindspotting, and how it relates to the social injustice that is happening in our world at this time.
The film is about how a young man must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland, California neighborhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when the young man sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets.
Our zoom discussion, will focus on the Racial Unjust happening in our society at this time.

Our Panelists include:

Moderator: Eric-Antonio Guzman

Carlos López Estrada: (Film Director)

Anya Dillard: Activist, Founder of The Next Gen Come Up

The event takes place on May 29 at 5pm PST. Tickets are $10, but additional donations are encouraged to help us accomplish our mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating children through the medium of film. Your ticket also includes entry into a raffle that will follow the discussion with gift cards from GrubHub and The Cheesecake Factory. Please watch the film beforehand on your own time.
If you have any questions, you can ask them during the event or email them to with the subject line “Blindspotting.”

Event Date: Saturday May 29, 2021


The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation was established in 2005 by Elisia Harkins-James to help underprivileged children in the South Dade County area of Florida. This is the cause Dr. Harkins had devoted her life to before she passed in May 2005 and Elisia was determined to continue her good work.


Defining the next generation of scholars should not only be by what they learn in the classroom but also through their experiences beyond text books and outside of traditional learning environments. We believe that the best way to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school is by combining studying with inspirational out-of-school activities.


Each year the Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding students in the communities of Dade County, Florida and Los Angeles County, California.


This program identifies gifted young people from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry and provides them with an intensive once-a-month training program.

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Our programs would not have been possible if it weren’t for our generous donors. A gift such as yours allows the Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation to continue their advocacy for educating youth beyond the classroom. Because of your generosity, our youth will receive hands-on education that will stretch their minds as far as possible.​