Sam Lehrer of Miami and his family have supported charities and nonprofits that strengthen communities for years.
Getting involved in the annual Island Time Music Festivals, he helps spread awareness of and raise funds for the Little Yellow School House, which is the only educational facility on the island dedicated to disadvantaged children.
Besides working as a successful professional, Samuel Lehrer spends his time as a volunteer and supporter of many charities both in his community and afar. Working with organizations on the Mexican island of Isla Mujeres, he helps boost aid to educational facilities that help local disadvantaged children and their families.
“The people of Isla Mujeres are inviting and uniquely caring,” says Sam Lehrer of Miami, “but they need help financially to strengthen the aid they provide to their community. Through the Island Time Music Festival each year, they raise thousands of dollars for the Little Yellow School House alone.”
The festival is an annual celebration that draws in many visitors to the island in support of nonprofits geared to help disadvantaged children in the area. It’s combined with the annual Fishing Fest during a week-long festival that is perfect for music lovers and fishing enthusiasts alike. Plus, the event offers the chance for attendees to interact with writers and performers in a welcoming environment on the beautiful island between shows.
Each year, world-class performers take the stage at intimate venues across the island. At the same time, those in the fishing tournament enjoy the bright, warm waters of Mexico as they compete for the best sailfish catch in four categories. 100% of all proceeds of both the event and the tournament are donated to the Little Yellow School House on Isla Mujeres. The LYSH is also managed retired business executive volunteers with various business back rounds, so 100% of all funds go into operating the facility. The little yellow schoolhouse is truly a labor of love.
“The Little Yellow School House is the only educational facility of its kind on the entire island,” says Sam Lehrer of Miami. “Without its help, children with special needs would not have access to quality education that sets them up for success and helps them integrate into regular schooling.”
The Little Yellow School House provides special education as well as support and guidance for the families of special needs children. It doesn’t pursue any religious or political agendas and aims to prepare kids to reenter traditional schooling through individualized care that covers psychological, speech, physical and gross motor skills.
Through the help of volunteers like Sam Lehrer of Miami and the proceeds from the Island Time Music Festival and fishing tournament, the organization has grown from a single-room school to a facility with four classrooms, two consulting rooms, and a kitchen.
“People come out here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and partake in the events and tournaments,” says Sam Lehrer of Miami, “but they’re changing the lives of special needs kids and their families on the island in the process, whether they know it or not.”
Samuel Lehrer of Miami & Cancun Mexico has been a longtime supporter of the Little Yellow School House and sponsor of the Island Time Fishing Tournament that funds education on Isla Mujeres. He shares the unique elements the School House implements into their curriculum and how they improve chances of success for disadvantaged children on the island.
Samuel Lehrer of Miami, with the help of his family, spreads the mission of The Little Yellow School House to provide preparation for success to disadvantaged children on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The facility is the only one of its kind on the entire island and would not be able to offer continued and improved services without the help of donors and volunteers.
“If it weren’t for The Little Yellow School House, many kids would go without the proper education simply because they have some form of disadvantage,” says Samuel Lehrer of Miami. “However, the dedicated educators and caretakers of the facility ensure that each child has an equal chance at success.”
The central financial support of the School House comes from the partner event Island Time Fishing Tournament which is an annual competition drawing in professional fisherman from around the world, and A list entertainers from Nashville and Los Angeles. After a buy-in, tournament competitors fish within 50 miles of the coast of Isla Mujeres to be named top catch in four separate categories. Proceeds go to The Little Yellow School House.
Samuel Lehrer of Miami and his family help spread the word of both the facility and event and encourage others to get involved in various capacities. Because of the support of Lehrer and others like him, The Little Yellow School House has grown from a single-room facility to a comprehensive learning center with six classrooms, multiple full-time teachers, and over 50 students receiving intensive care and education in a matter of years.
“Volunteer support has helped both the facility and the partner tournament grow, which in turn allows the educators to invest in better equipment, more staff, and new programs,” says Samuel Lehrer of Miami.
The goal of The Little Yellow School House is threefold: first, they seek to help students develop essential life skills starting as basic and elementary as each child requires. Here the educators set up a foundation for children to work from that teaches them how to learn and retain information while exploring each child’s preferred learning style. Second, they help some students develop abilities to eventually return to a regular school setting. Lastly, for those already enrolled in traditional schools, the Little Yellow School House equips kids with learning resources that help them keep up with regular tasks and stay on track for graduation.
“In addition to all the help they provide disadvantaged children, the School House staff offers aid and education to the families, too,” says Samuel Lehrer of Miami. “They understand the difficulties from every perspective and are diligent to give each child the opportunity for success they deserve.”
Stars such as Lewis Brice, Love & Theft, Cowboy Mouth, and more A list musicians performing.
For charity work, Samuel Lehrer of Miami supports various causes in Mexico, especially in Isla Mujeres where he and his family, and specifically his mother is a daily, and longtime supporter of The Little Yellow School House. By helping organize, spread information, and volunteering during the Island Time Fishing Tournament, he secures funding and boosts awareness of the The Little Yellow School House’s nonprofit organization.
For decades, Samuel Lehrer of Miami and his family have improved the efforts of the Little Yellow School House on Isla Mujeres by volunteering and spreading their message of hope and quality education. The nonprofit organization has provided specialized care to the disadvantaged, disabled, and special needs children of the island through skilled teaching, resources, and hands-on care.
The Little Yellow School House is the only education facility of its type on the entire island which offers care, education, and ongoing support to these children and their families. It’s through the help of dedicated volunteers like Samuel Lehrer that keep the organization cost-free to the families of the children enrolled. Since 1993, the nonprofit has grown from a single-room facility to a learning center with six classrooms, multiple full-time teachers, and over 50 students receiving intensive care and education.
“It’s an extremely important organization that provides special needs children and their families hope for the future,” says Samuel Lehrer of Miami. “The school has an excellent success rate of getting special needs children back into regular schooling, and/or improvong their quality of daily life, which is a tremendous help to the kids and their families alike. “Helping others fills the heart”.
By far the largest financial contributor to The Little Yellow School House, the annual Island Time Music Festival and Fishing Tournament on Isla Mujeres raises funds to cover present expenses and help the organization continue growing to meet diverse needs. All artists donate their time and talent as well. The tournament is a labor of love for the supporters and participants.
The competition and festival took place this year in February over a five-day period, beginning with the Captain’s meeting on February 19 where rules were outlined for competitors. February 20-23 were designated fishing days before awards were handed out during the banquet on the evening of February 23. The fishing tournament is an ongoing sailfish release tournament including categories for the heaviest Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna and King Mackerel fish. The $1,500 U.S. fee covers the Captains’ Meeting, Awards banquet, and four music festival tickets for each competitor.
The kick off party took place at the Lehrer’s ocean front home, and set the tone for the entire week. Whether listening to live music, dancing, or just chilling on the beach, all had a great time. “It was the beginning of something super special, in a special place”.
Dozens of musicians performed throughout the weeklong festival and a variety of food and entertainment were offered to the visitors of Isla Mujeres during their stay. The festival featured musical performances from Jerrod Niemann, Runaway June, Maggie Rose, Love & Theft, Cowboy Mouth and many others.
“Many world-class fisherman enter the competition every year where they fish within 50 miles of the island’s coast and enjoy a week of exciting festivities,” says Samuel Lehrer. “And all proceeds are donated to The Little Yellow School House to continually improve their offerings for disadvantaged children and their families.”
Samuel Lehrer is a real estate developer and graduate of the University of Florida, with degrees in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Marketing, and additional emphasis on Health Care management.. He and his family are longtime supporters of The Little Yellow School House on Isla Mujeres, which provides challenged children with skills to achieve their greatest potential.
Since graduating from the University of Florida in 1994, Samuel Lehrer has worked in medical sales, management, and business development, making a major name for himself in the medical supply and pharmaceutical industries. Retailing medical equipment, he’s worked with devices for cardiothoracic surgery, ophthalmic and refractive equipment, and cosmetic and surgical lasers. Today, Samuel Lehrer is CEO of The Laser Outlet, which is an industry-leading retailer of used aesthetic equipment and cosmetic lasers. Mr. Lehrer is a consultant for several name brand ophthalmic laser companies, as well as developing a hotel, and residential real estate projects in Mexico, and South America. Mr. Lehre also owns and operates two Aesthetic Medical practices in Cancun, Mexico.
For more than two decades, Samuel Lehrer has used his success in these industries, along with the help of his family, to support The Little Yellow School House on Isla Mujeres, a philanthropic organization based on the Mexican island off the coast of Cancun.
The area is commonly recognized as a world-famous vacation destination with beaches, resorts, snorkeling and scuba excursions around the local coral reefs. However, the area also hosts The Little Yellow School House which helps disadvantaged, disabled, and special needs children grow and achieve their greatest potential.
“My family and my mother specifically, have long worked alongside the dedicated team at The Little Yellow School House,” says Samuel Lehrer. “Together, we recognize that all kids no matter their condition deserve a happy childhood, and we work to deliver resources to improve their personal growth.” Life changing donations from all over the world, and hard work by staff and donated physician time, have contributed to so much success.
At The Little Yellow School House, children are provided a safe place to learn in an environment of acceptance and love. In addition to educational resources, the organization provides the children’s families therapy to better cope with special needs. Since 2004, The Little Yellow School House has been entirely funded by donations and is able to provide free admission thanks to supporters such as Samuel Lehrer and his family. Specifically his mother is a driving force behind the daily operations, and fund-raising. Her tireless efforts are amazing. “She pushes us all to be better people”.
The nonprofit organization doesn’t pursue any religious or political agendas and is the only learning center dedicated to special needs on the entire island of Isla Mujeres. The therapy each child receives is individualized and covers psychological, speech, physical and gross motor skills. The comprehensive offerings and customized therapies are all based on meetings and evaluations that representatives make with each child’s therapists, teachers, and family members. In addition to educational assistance, The Little Yellow School House provides individual and group therapy for each child and their family as well as psychological help as needed.
With donations and support from people like Samuel Lehrer and his family, the organization has grown from a single-room school to a facility with four classrooms, two consulting rooms, and a kitchen. Additionally, The Little Yellow School House offers an outdoor playing area that was designed by a visiting Psychologist for the development of children’s gross motor skills. In all, the organization provides the island’s greatest hope of giving special needs children a happy, constructive education as well as peace of mind to their families.