Civic Engagement

“GIVE 50” – FIU to Kick-Off Community-Wide Service Effort

In celebration of FIU’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2015, the university’s renowned Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) will challenge its students, employees, alumni, family and friends to “GIVE 50” – 50 hours of service to the community in recognition of FIU’s 50 years in the community. The massive community engagement project intends to spark a commitment to a life of active citizenship that will promote a long-range,... more »

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Economy

Kiva Zip Miami

Kiva Zip is a crowd-lending platform that enables financially excluded small entrepreneurs to access loan capital. These entrepreneurs are able to crowd-fund a loan of 5 to 10K with 0% interest on our platform. Through our platform more than 35,000 lenders from around the world have lent to entrepreneurs in the United States. In addition to the financial capital, our borrowers also connect with thousands of lenders who... more »

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Economy

FU Nights Miami

FU Nights occur in 20+ cities around the world. As a goal, it is global movement that aims to accelerate the learning process while reaching people closer to actual cases of business failure. Logistically, it is a monthly event series where entrepreneurs talk about their biggest professional or business failure in a candid way. As a Miami-specific example, Faquiry Diaz (CEO, Tres Mares Group) has already agreed to be... more »

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Environment & Public Space

Our City on the Sea - SeaGrass & Sustainability

What can YOU do to preserve Miami’s precious resources? How does sea level rise affect our community? Take a wade in our sea grass beds and learn from our naturalists how the health of our sea grasses will be impacted by sea level rise and how it will be affecting our community. Participants would explore the sea grass beds that grow in our shallow waters off Key Biscayne and then predict how the marine landscape... 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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Education

Countdown to the Classroom - Education of Tomorrow, Today

Countdown Institute is a Miami-based education startup using context based learning to teach computer science and programming. We use real life examples in the context of space exploration to teach these principles. One of our founders, Ajit Jaokar, teaches machine learning and IoT at Oxford University in UK. Ajit recently worked with 400 computer science teachers to develop curriculum changes in Europe. Countdown Institute's... more »

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Education

Bringing Minnesota Magic to the Magic City

Why should kids in Minnesota be more prepared for Kindergarten than kids in Miami-Dade? The Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) uses the AmeriCorps model to provide trained literacy tutors for children beginning in PreK. It is the largest state AmeriCorps program in the country. We are working with them to launch the Miami-Dade Reading Corps as the first replication in Florida for this innovative and successful program in school... more »

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Arts & Culture

Innovative Chamber Music Concerts

The Chrysalis Chamber Players will program a series of unique chamber music concerts around Miami-Dade county that are free of charge and accessible to all audiences, especially people who have never attended a classical music concert.

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Civic Engagement

Voting App

Lack of information and limited understanding is one of the critical factors that is often sited by voters as their reason for not voting. We’d like to prototype a county-specific voter app that at minimum: 1) Clearly and objectively translates what’s on the ballot from legal jargon to a clear, simple, unbiased question 2) Provides links to voting recommendations (or endorsements) from several varied local organizations... more »

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Education

Young Women Workshop

Viernes Culturales will host a 5 hour workshop for underprivileged young women.

We will have speakers from all walks of life who understand these young women and who will have

concrete situations that will impact our attendees.

Our focus is the Little Havana area as we are a staple in the community which is lacking these programs.

Our aim is to guide, sponsor, mentor these young ladies in all walks of their lives.

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Civic Engagement

Urban Paradise Guild: Volunteerism Unleashed!

Our GOALS: 1. Engage 10,000+ Volunteers per year. Every project is designed to: 2. Make Miami a better place to live today. 3. Make Miami's future safer from Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change. Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) has fielded hundreds or thousands of Volunteers every year from 2009-2014. Now, we are ready to grow! UPG is a Volunteer-Powered Organization: 100% of our Staff and Workers are Volunteers! In the... more »

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Economy

Revive the Apprentice Model in Miami

We are growing a new pathway for professional success in Miami. According to recent studies, Miami is the hardest city in the country to find a job. Young people go into debt getting college degrees, to then find themselves underemployed or unemployed, working most frequently in entry-level roles where they learn from the lowest ranking managers in a company. That's a backward way to build a vibrant talent force.... more »

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Arts & Culture

Murals For Identity within Communities

Miami Light Project will work together with Alice Mizrachi, a visual artist and educator, and with community partners to establish a series of public art murals in the greater Miami community. Alice will work with youth and families to let them express their identity and to capture their personal stories through visual arts. The artist and students from local schools and social service groups will develop a total of five... more »

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