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Environment & Public Space

Food Truck on the Frontlines: Fighting Poverty and Hunger

Food Truck on the Frontlines is an entrepreneurial food truck employment & hunger reduction program. With the project management skills of a top Miami culinary educator, Nature Links (NL) proposes to transform blighted public spaces in Miami into a solution to reduce poverty and hunger, two key social issues for vulnerable Miami residents. First, NL will expand their entrepreneurial food truck employment program for transitioning,... more »
Who are you?

NL serves young adults with intellectual disabilities who are able to engage in job training, volunteer activities, & gain independent life skills. NL was founded by Dr. Greg Bush, a UM Professor who is an active advocate for youth with disabilities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By training & employing youth with disabilities to run a food truck, they gain employment & learn transferable skills in sanitary food preparation, money management, customer service, teamwork, etc. This program will increase employment opportunities, thus decreasing the poverty rate for this population. Youth will demonstrate their potential by working with the community to transform urban spaces into empowering hubs of organic gardening, nutritional education and health literacy.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Environment & Public Space Goal 2: Miami Residents have ample access to quality public spaces. As the report shows, Miami has a devastatingly low level of public parks per capita. Parks not only increase property values & the physical well being of neighborhoods, but also provide a critical opportunity for connection. The more a community is interconnected, the more resilient it is to hardship. We will increase the level of parks per capita & refurbish public spaces to their original vibrancy.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2007, NL has increased independence in approximately 97 young adults with disabilities thru its nature-based continuing education programs. NL anticipates an 80% graduation rate of program participants to higher level volunteerism or paying jobs.
Programs:

 

1.Project Bridge for youth ages 18-22, (2007-2012)
2. Saturdays By the Bay, Historic Virginia Key Beach, (2012-Now)
3. Connections Nature in Miami, Lummus Park (2/14-Now)
4. Connections Nature in South Miami, w/MDCPS, (9/14-Now)

Organization Name (or individuals name) Nature Links for Life Long Learning

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Environment & Public Space

Grassroots charrette for the Ludlam Trail

Friends of the Ludlam Trail is a grassroots nonprofit group of volunteers, including the Mayor of South Miami, who advocates a world class linear park and trail along the FEC railroad right of way connecting neighborhoods from MIA/ Blue Lagoon to Downtown Kendall/the Underline

Who are you?

Board of Friends of the Ludlam Trail, civic activist, president South Miami Neighbors

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Ludlam Trail can be a model of transit/bike friendly walkable urban infill including a world class linear park and trail, connecting schools, urban hubs, affecting and transforming many neighborhoods for the better.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

--creating people places
--enabling and emphasizing walking, biking, transit
--restoring endangered natural habitat
--engaging platforms for people / civic leaders to work together in planning for the future of their neighborhoods

Please give examples of your project's success.

So far, the Friends of the Ludlam Trail has been the central organizers of community forums for information and civic networking. We have arranged a town hall meeting last week attended by commissioners, and all city of South Miami public officials, as well as over 450 neighbors. We plan to partner with ChamberSouth, Tropical Audubon and the public at large for the design of the Ludlam Trail.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Friends of the Ludlam Trail

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