Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation.

AM Charities' mission is to encourage the educational development of our youth by creating programs and youth enrichment centers that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities.




Target and the Honey Shine Mentoring Program Teamed Up to
Teach Young Girls how to Shop Wisely and Prepare for Going Back to School

Eighty “Honey Bugs” from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, learned the ins and outs of shopping for deals on Saturday, August 22, 2009 as they explored the aisles of Target for back-to-school necessities, for the 2009-2010 school year. The selected young girls from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program were chosen based upon their attendance and participation in the program. They learned to shop for deals and manage their shopping budget with the help of Target team leaders and Honey Shine mentors at the Target store located at 7795 SW 40th Street (Bird Road) Miami, FL 33155.

Honey Bugs Sarah Benson and Zaria Brown show off their great smiles

The girls began their morning with a light breakfast and a special presentation from the Target team on how to shop smart for savings, use coupons, buying in bulk versus purchasing single items as well as how to best interpret the signs that say sale or clearance. To make the activity even more interactive, a “Price is Right”-style game got the girls thinking about costs and the difference between generic and name-brand items found in Target. The Honey Bugs were then paired up with a mentor and given a $75 gift card along with a shopping list that included school clothes, undergarments, socks and much needed toiletries.
Honey Bugs alongside Team Target

Our Honey Bugs look forward to going back to school and we want to make sure the transition is easy, allowing them to solely focus on making the grade,” says Tracy. “Our girls have worked hard throughout the year and during the summer at our Camp Honey Shine, so it’s nice to reward them with a shopping experience which also gives us another opportunity to teach them the importance of budgeting properly.”
For more information about the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, visit