Housing & Affordability

Aging in Place Home Retrofitting

The goal is to increase safety and access in the home despite age or mobility level by addressing the following concerns associated with again in place: fall prevention, accessibility, fire safety, air quality and home security. This innovative program will provide the best use of available funding to allow for independence, comfort and peace of mind in the home at no cost to the homeowner.

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Environment & Public Space

Caribbean Reef SOS

Caribbean Reef SOS's mission is to save Caribbean coral reefs from extinction. It is a new, regional non-profit, based in Miami, that aims to raise awareness of the coral reef crisis, to organize concerned global citizens, and to raise funds for research, recovery efforts, and strategic advocacy. See business plan at CRSOS.org.

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Education

Increasing High School Graduation Rates Among At-Risk Girls

Women of Tomorrow helps at-risk girls overcome obstacles, gain skills, improve academic performance, graduate from high school and go on to higher education and lives of greater opportunity. Our program includes group mentoring sessions, supportive peer relationships, career-focused field trips and specialized college campus visits, all designed to encourage girls to stay in school and aim high. Our efforts prevent dropouts, ...more »

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Arts & Culture

South Florida Arts Jobs Initiative

The South Florida Arts Jobs Initiative connects job seekers with thousands of arts organizations and the businesses that support them through a new web portal, MiamiArtsJOBS.com, and an annual South Florida Arts Jobs Fair. This initiative aims to stem a cultural talent drain from our region and attract new talent by demonstrating the demand and economic growth created by arts organizations that have expanded from 110 ...more »

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Education

UMCCE: Pathways to Progress

Access to and success in postsecondary educational pursuits is an important factor in today’s socioeconomic climate, particularly in the United States. A substantial literature indicates that going to college is associated with significant increases in opportunity, income, career achievement, health, and quality of life. In America, however, unequal access to high quality educational opportunities remains a serious challenge. ...more »

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Civic Engagement

Youth Volunteer Engagement - Meaningful Opportunities for 5-17

HandsOn Miami has recently installed a Youth Advisory Council - a youth Board of Directors consisting of 14 teenagers representing 11 different schools across Miami-Dade County. Their goal for 2015 is to inspire, equip, and mobilize 500 of their peers (ages 5-17 years of age) in active and meaningful hands-on volunteer service to make Miami a better place by supporting local nonprofit organizations. If accelerated, ...more »

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Economy

Preserving Haitian Identity through Economic Security

NE2P’s proposal is to further support our capabilities to execute the Business Improvement District (BID) process for Little Haiti (LH) in Miami, Florida, ultimately securing a BID for the area leading to increased economic growth, artistic environment, and local civic engagement. Miami has the largest Haitian population outside of Haiti, and LH is the only US neighborhood identified as a Haitian ethnic enclave. Using ...more »

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Health & Safety

Close the Gap Campaign

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (who did not already have insurance) were entitled to either assistance paying for health insurance through the marketplace or enrollment in an expanded Medicaid program. However, in 2012, the United States Supreme Court held that states were not required to accept federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs, and to date, the Florida ...more »

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Arts & Culture

The Collective

One main characteristic of some of the world’s most vibrant regions like New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong have in common is that its artists and street culture have played an integral role in its economic development and revitalization efforts. Designed to expand and challenge external perceptions of Miami’s accessibility to urban culture, The Collective is a monthly series of public street dance competitions created ...more »

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Civic Engagement

Leadership Training for Engaging Our Community

This year, PACT is training 115 leaders intensively to engage over 1,800 people to work on making local policy changes related to housing, crime, and keeping our children out of the prison system. To win justice, PACT holds ‘direct action’ meetings with thousands of community members, encouraging public officials to take action and holding them accountable by using the power of organized communities. Once PACT members ...more »

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Environment & Public Space

The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

The Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating farm and environmental education center that will provide an urban link to fresh produce, marine conservation and sustainability. The Barge’s goal is to promote ecological sustainability through public demonstration, education and research projects related to the urban waterfront. In particular, its ability to grow crops without soil in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by ...more »

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Arts & Culture

Fluorescent Moon

Fluorescent Moon is a collaborative theater project by a collective of artists with and without disabilities. Following on Antiheroes’ recent success with its interdisciplinary work Nomadis, Fluorescent Moon will develop from the personal narratives of artists – in this case blind actors - based on childhood experiences and anecdotes revealing the way they learned to experience and interact with the world in terms of ...more »

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Environment & Public Space

Colony1: A Sustainability Center for Miami using Art+Science

The Art of Cultural Evolution is an environmental and arts non-profit organization committed to urban sustainability. The organization has recently been awarded a 50 year land grant from Miami-Dade County to build Miami's first sustainability center, an eco-friendly community and sustainable ‘living building’, Colony1. It will be the 15th certified ‘living building’ by the Living Institute in the world and the first ...more »

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Health & Safety

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet. ...more »

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