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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 »
Who are you?

Co-founder and Creative Interventions + Implementations Lead for Urban Impact Lab. UI Lab's mission is to design urban experiences that cultivated civic innovation. To date, we have worked on various projects & initiatives to make Miami amazing.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

It focuses directly on impacting civic and community engagement. Voter turnout has declined steadily in Miami, especially on non-presidential years. Local elections have the most direct affect on citizens, but these elections record ever decreasing voter turnout numbers. Lack of awareness and/or information on the candidates and the issues continues to be listed as a major factor.

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

The data point this project hopes to address is the "voter participation rate".

Voter participation in Miami-Dade County was barely over 40% this year. Whereas in comparison, voter turnout in 2012 was at 67%.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We would use metrics that capture:
- Count of amount of downloads of the app
- Tracking of citizen engagement metrics ie. how many times the information on the app is shared
- Page views within the app.
- Amount of time spent in the app

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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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 »
Who are you?

PACT is a diverse coalition of 39 organizations throughout Miami Dade. It is the largest grassroots organization in South Florida. Since 1988, PACT has used the power of its large, organized numbers of people to solve pressing community problems.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

PACT’s training for community members accelerates their ability to surface community problems, research solutions, negotiate with decision makers, and raise financial investments. When community members become involved in PACT, they are connected to a network of people from all parts of the County which creates community and allows people to have a voice that will be heard and will create change. When people feel heard and better understand the policy process, then civic engagement increases.

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

The Our Miami report stated that Miami Dade’s volunteer rate in 2013 is 15.3% and charitable contributions are 1.7%. By engaging more community members in our process, people have an opportunity to have a voice and effectively be a part of the solution to the problems they are experiencing. These effects multiply as PACT's members represent over 50,000 from all districts in the county. When individuals feel that their voice is heard, then they are more likely to be engaged in their community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each year, PACT brings out thousands of leaders for Action.

PACT got the Superintendent to eliminate minor violations of the Code of Conduct as reason for out-of-school suspensions. This created a 32% drop in out-of-school suspensions.

PACT got our Commissioners to pass a First Source Referral Hiring Ordinance. It enforces that county contracts in Miami Dade must first seek out qualified job candidates from CareerSource South Florida before searching outside of the county.

Organization Name (or individuals name) People Acting for Community Together

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Civic Engagement

A Weekly Miami Event to Build, Share and Learn about Civic Tech

Code for Miami is a collective of locals who are committed to using technology to improve Miami’s civic engagement, relationship between local government and the citizenry and the overall quality of life of the community. We’re proposing the continuation and expansion of our weekly Civic Hack Nights; a weekly gathering for those who want to find innovative ways to better their communities. A “Hack Night” is for those... more »
Who are you?

Code for Miami consists of a group of citizen developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers. We are all volunteers that contribute our talents toward improving the way our local governments and community organizations use the web.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Code for Miami harnesses the power of individuals who want to create change in the community by providing an opportunity for like-minded people to collaborate on transformative projects that benefit local government, organizations and the community at large. A more civically engaged population is integral to our future and quality of life, and the type of projects addressed during Hack Night impact everything from greater awareness of sea level rise to easier access to legislative information.

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

Volunteer rates: In our first year of our Civic Hack Nights, we’ve had weekly turn-outs of 5-40 people, with a median of 15-20 people a week donating two hours a night. That’s 2,000 person-hours spent using tech to be civically engaged.

Voter participation and policy awareness: several projects address these topics, such as open source budget visualizations and web applications that track Florida legislature.

Participation of Miami young adults: More than 75% of our attendees are 18-36.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Florida Bill Tracker, created by two core members, was recognized at the White House at an event honoring Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change

MiamiDadeCode.org, which provides the municipal code of the county in an accessible, understandable format
Created MiamiOpenData.org and expanded MiamiWiki.org

Organized Miami’s first National Day of Civic Hacking and CodeAcross; both now annual events

Make civic engagement tangible to young Miamians passionate about tech.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Code for Miami

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Civic Engagement

Power of Eight

This civic engagement project aims to create opportunities to connect eight individuals by inviting them to attend an event with food, conversation and networking in an intimate personal setting. Sharing experiences and professional networks will broaden individual community engagement using a small group format. There are four main goals of Power of Eight. Participants will have an opportunity to: (1) Connect with others... more »
Who are you?

I am exactly what the report denotes as a transplant from out of state, an immigrant, I am a working parent, I am a professional, I am a Miami Fellow, I am every woman. With all of that I still want to invest in my community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

While beautiful in its scenic nature, Miami Dade County, home to 35 incorporated cities, can be somewhat fragmented in its community structure and engagement. Today, communities can be disconnected, missing solutions with disjointed ideas and/or redundant structures. This project can bring together people to increase their knowledge about civic engagement and volunteer opportunities to leverage their time and talent as a group increasing the power of eight.

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

Specifically the project will address areas of volunteer rates and charitable contributions. As we gather to have these times to connect participants will share their experiences volunteering, networking and creating stronger connections.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Power of Eight is modeled after "Dinner for 12 Strangers" a UCLA tradition for more than 45 years. As a UCLA alum I participated and I remember how it brought brought alumni, faculty and students from all generations together to enjoy good food and great conversation. An award-winning program, Dinners for 12 Strangers is emulated by hundreds of universities.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Power of Eight

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Sant La Fellows: Next Generation of Civic Leaders

Sant La Fellows is a community leadership fellowship program that targets Haitian-Americans in South Florida. We will choose Fellows who have demonstrated a passion for volunteering and community involvement. The 12-month program will deepen their understanding of ethical and efficient leadership, community-building, Haitian cultural heritage, civic participation, philanthropy, and it will connect them with leaders heading... more »
Who are you?

Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center serves as a central intake, screening, case-management, and coordinating and referral resource for Haitian children and families in Miami-Dade County, and we've been doing so for 14 years.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The project will create civically engaged community leaders. The Fellowship will insist on teamwork, accountability, shared responsibility, and honest reflection, four components that are important for the stabilization of the Haitian community. When the present community leaders inevitably hand the reigns over, we want to ensure that those receiving the reigns are fully prepared and completely understand the challenging but worthwhile task ahead of them.

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

Sant La Fellows addresses the young adult volunteer rate. We will cultivate young Miami residents who will address the needs of the Haitian community. In order to successfully accomplish those tasks, the Fellows will also have to become engaged electors.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The success of Sant La Fellows will be measured by the number of young Haitians who: are ready to lead; invest their time and talent in South Florida’s civic life; are able to raise awareness of the successes and continuing obstacles in the Haitian community in their social circles, including social media; invest their dollars into the community’s causes.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center

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Civic Engagement

Public Servants awareness day

Community Member kudos icon + Community member
Each year, the center solicit and recruits young adults from 18-35 and engage them to getting to know their elected officials. The day begins with morning devotion centered around scriptures giving authority to public servants, then followed by breakfast. Following Breakfast, the larger group participates in an opening plenary that covers elected offices from local cities up to the federal level. Following the plenary,... more »
Who are you?

PTLLC is a leadership and learning center that offers opportunities through education, civic engagement, and community empowerment. We are located in the heart of Little Haiti and known as the 'living room' of the Haitian community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The awareness day serves as a pivotal point in the lives of the young adults here. It serves as a stepping stone that launches the young adults into potentially holding public office. When young people are aware of what's at stake, and what contributions they can make to better the life of their communities, they're more inclined to participate in the process. Haitian Americans are making their marks in the political arena, but it all starts with awareness and engaging conversations.

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

It shows the low rate of volunteerism; as more young people become aware of the circumstances that surrounds the life of their communities, they become more empowered to be part of the solutions. This process encourages the young adults that participate to take an active role in figuring out what's best for their communities.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have created more 200 young adult volunteers who actively participate in community issues. One of our greatest successes was a recent trip to Washington DC. A group of 18 young men and women traveled to DC to meet with our delegates. We interacted with house representatives, senators, and staffers. Following that trip we had more young adults who understood the fabric of their government and who were willing to participate in the process.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Pierre Toussaint Learning and Leadership Ctr

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PhilanthroFest 2015 Festival! Get the 411 on 4/11 at Museum Park

Increase volunteerism, community engagement and donor investment throughout South Florida with the PhilanthroFest 2015 Festival.

Entering it's 4th year, the festival showcases 100+ causes & community resources while connecting people in need to service providers, and those who wish to get involved, donate or volunteer connect with organizations that align with their passions and values.

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Who are you?

We are about connecting people, passion and philanthropy; enriching the cultural landscape of Miami; and empowering individuals with information & inspiration. We are a grass-roots civic engagement movement. We are PhilanthroFest!

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Philanthrofest helps organizations connect both on-line and in real life. We recognize that by helping organizations thrive, they are able to better serve their mission.

By participating in the PhilanthroFest festival, non-profit participants are able to engage Miamians in their cause. Individuals are able to immerse in causes they care about and see how they can help fill unmet needs. Connecting people, passion and philanthropy is a huge step in increasing civic engagement.

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

By giving residents a platform to meet and greet with over 100 causes we are able to positively effect the Miami metro volunteer rate and push past the 15% mark while increasing the likelihood that they will invest dollars & time into the causes they connect with. Early participation in volunteer activities promotes lifelong civic involvement which is why we are bolstering our attractors for children and young adults. We are creating an engaged citizenry which will collectively elevate Miami.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Brand building and exposure for over 100 causes at each festival; Increased interactions and lead generation for non-profits; Unique fundraising and experiential education opportunities; Exposure for over two dozen visual & performing artists; Community reach via various media including print, TV, on-line radio & social media; Additionally, participating orgs enjoy positive collateral impacts such as growing volunteer & donor base, networking & creating new collaborations with other causes.

Organization Name (or individuals name) PhilanthroFest

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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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Civic Engagement

100 Great Ideas Public Engagement Campaign

Miami is filled with smart, solution oriented citizens who care about their community and who would contribute to solving community and social issues in a public, collaborative forum if the barriers to engagement were lowered. However, there are very few practical ways for people in Miami to access decision makers in order to share their ideas for community improvement and do so with limited requirements asked of them.... more »
Who are you?

We are two female entrepreneurs, passionate about Miami, focused on democratizing conversations about community change. We want to facilitate increased civic engagement, solution generation, and collaboration for Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

We know there are few practical ways for Miamians to engage decision makers. For example, Commissioner meetings only allow a 2-minute comment, and are often seen as a tedious, elusive and low-impact experiences. We are lowering the bar to entry, inviting all people to contribute to the conversation, and then bridging the divide between community voices, synthesizing and highlighting the trends among hundreds of citizens, and bringing those great ideas to decision makers to engage with.

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

The Our Miami data highlighted extremely low historic volunteer and voter turnout in comparison to our peer cities. We must find new ways to engage people in their city’s future, and to lower the barriers to entry. By giving a low-lift way for people to contribute to the local social good, and by fostering a collaborative space for people to collaborate in local problem solving, we expand accessibility, increase participation, and foster community connection in a previously disconnected space.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The 1st campaign generated 150 ideas in less than 10 days, with more than 600 people in the group. We synthesized the results into a 21 page position paper and are now sharing it with local mayors, library leaders, foundations and relevant parties across Miami to demonstrate the power of community engagement and to infuse new ideas into their process. We made the report a public source of reference, and are finalizing an article featuring the best community ideas for The Huffington Post.

Organization Name (or individuals name) MADERA, inc.

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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.
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Who are you?

HandsOn Miami is a local nonprofit organization that is on a mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action to positively effect change on our Miami-Dade County community. We have inclusive opportunities to engage everyone in service.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By focusing on developing meaningful youth volunteer engagement, we are helping to foster the next generation of Miami leaders who are well-versed and connected to Miami's challenges and successes.

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

Volunteer Rate - this project will result in the meaningful activation of a minimum of 500 youth volunteers (5-17 years of age). Combined, these volunteers will contribute 1,250 hours of service and directly benefit 10 local nonprofit organizations, schools, or governmental agencies.

Please give examples of your project's success.

This project's success will be measured by:

  1. Number of youth volunteers (5-17 years of age) activated
  2. Number of hours of service completed
  3. Number of agencies served
  4. Number of Youth Project Leaders Trained
  5. Surveys that show an enhanced understanding of the challenges faced by Miami-Dade County and belief that, as a youth volunteer, the volunteer has an opportunity to positively effect change within the County.

Organization Name (or individuals name) HandsOn Miami

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