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Civic Engagement

Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC)

The Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC) proposes the creation of a Wi-Fi network in Liberty Square, the largest public housing development in Miami’s Liberty City, a historically African American, culturally significant community where fewer than thirty percent of households have Internet access. The initiative will be launched using open technologies for wireless communications, such as mesh networking, to allow for... more »
Who are you?

We represent a coalition that includes the Education Effect at Miami Northwestern High School, the School of Journalism at Florida International University, the Liberty Square Trust, and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Providing open access to the Internet offers essential opportunities for civic engagement, whether seeking out volunteer opportunities, launching voter outreach campaigns, or running/joining community organizing initiatives. LCDC users will be able to use the network as a portal to both seek and post job and educational opportunities, and through these efforts, contribute to a community that is focused on strengthening social capital.

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

Because political engagement now relies heavily on digital media, increasing Internet penetration can boost voter outreach campaigns and ensure greater engagement around pressing issues when voters go to the polls. LCDC will create volunteer opportunities as residents build and maintain the Wi-Fi network, and learn of other volunteer opportunities posted to the network such as community gardening, working with charitable and after school programs, and joining neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

LCDC is modeled after other successful open Wi-Fi projects launched by a project partner, the Open Technology Institute, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, one of the benefits of launching a community-based Internet project like LCDC is that there will be useful metrics used to measure whether or not the project is meeting its goals—among them general usage data, popular access points, time users spend on the network, and the peak times for use.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Housing & Affordability

Housing: NHSSF Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Having a safe, decent and affordable place to live allows people to put down roots and communities to grow strong. It also gives homeowners the stability to keep their children in school, anticipate financial expenses and get to know their neighbors. Buying a home is one of life's biggest decisions and financial investments, and can be intimidating for anyone. Focusing on low to moderate income individuals, our Neighborhood... more »
Who are you?

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is an affordable housing & community development nonprofit organization. Our mission is to collaborate with residents and stakeholders to stabilize neighborhoods and develop sustainable housing.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

NHSSF understands that an educated consumer is the best prospect for homeownership. We have witnessed the positive effects & necessity of homebuyer education in producing stable homeowners. We ask you to support NHSSF’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative though our central program: the HomeOwnership Promotion Program. The program addresses a critical component of sustainable homeownership through homebuyer education, financial literacy, & one-on-one counseling.

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

Data: homeownership rates in Miami fell since 2011. 65% of households are cost-burdened. Renters spend 30%+ of income on housing. Households don’t have disposable income needed for food, health care, & transportation. Our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative helps clients increase purchasing power by reducing debt, improving credit, & making sound financial decisions to build wealth through homeownership. Counselors educate clients on grants & programs that keep mortgage payments affordable.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Over 70% of our clients are low-moderate income individuals. In the past fiscal year, as part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, our HomeOwnership Promotion program has educated 1,400 households through our Homebuyer Education classes. We have eduacted 150 clients through our Financial Fitness classes. Additionally, we assisted 320 households in achieving homeownership. These households will have the opportunity to enjoy the stability & benefits that homeownership can produce.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

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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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Economy

In The Loop 305

IN THE LOOP 305 asks what it takes to actualize a creative economy in Miami?

IN THE LOOP 305 asks how can we promote more age, ethnic, and geographic diversity in the culture spaces of Miami?

IN THE LOOP 305 asks how we change our city by having the ability to influence change agents?

Goals:
* Support the creative industries.
* Reduce silos and support the policy changes needed to make Miami a friendlier city.
* Develop... more »
Who are you?

Malia Lazu, founder of Future Boston Alliance, is an experienced social entrepreneur and philanthropic activist. James Echols & Annette Peikert are co-founders of Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, and PhilanthroFest.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

One of the greatest areas of need identified by the Our Miami research is in the ability for Miami-Dade residents to start and grow new businesses. This program brings together capital and ideas through education to create a platform for entrepreneurs to understand what investors are looking for and how to reach that. Because the investors themselves are part of the educational process, it creates more confidence in their investments, as well.

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

Miami-Dade Residents Can Start & Grow New Businesses . While Miami-Dade County may have a high rate of very recent start-up formation compared to the US and other major metros, without knowledge and capital, these start-ups fail at an alarmingly high rate. The high start-up to low capital ratio that exists in Miami is a sure recipe for a crash. In addition, the start-up economy, and certainly not the capital is not well distributed throughout Miami's residents.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since its launch, Future Boston has motivated thousands to help Boston to become greater than the sum of its parts. Out of their classes, they have funded several new start-up businesses and provided critical education to numerous others.

Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami has been operating for six years. Through their programs, many thousands of Miamians have become more engaged in the community. Overall, they have produced over one-hundreds events of all types and sizes in South Florida.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami

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Economy

eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas is a not-for-profit initiative developed by the Technology Foundation of the Americas (TFA) that serves as a catalyst for establishing Miami as a technology hub. This large-scale technology conference is the defining moment for tapping into the diverse potential of local entrepreneurs and helping to transform our community’s economy. Our mission is to help advance Miami’s technology ecosystem through... more »
Who are you?

Launched by Technology Foundation of the Americas, eMerge Americas is a large-scale technology conference which showcases entrepreneurial innovation and trends through 6 industrial summits that will catalyze our community’s technology corridor.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

eMerge Americas will impact our community’s economy by helping to connect entrepreneurs with established professionals in diverse industries: information technology, education, finance, health, government, and media/entertainment. This annual event will contribute to the creation of a world-class technology hub that helps entrepreneurs connect with industry professionals to develop their business ideas and create jobs that will drive our local economy.

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

Our project targets the two economic data points identified by The Our Miami Report:
Miami’s employment growth rate rose from 2.5% (2013) to 3.0% (2014) exceeding the national increase of 1.9%. However, according to Forbes, Miami is only ranked #58 in job growth. eMerge seeks to help Miami break the top #50 ranking by using emerging technologies to: 1) create a path for entrepreneurs to develop new business & 2) accelerate the number of innovative job opportunities available to the community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

eMerge Americas is transforming Miami’s economic landscape by engaging entrepreneurs of all ages. Our Startup Showcase allows start-ups and late-stage companies to compete in a 2-day challenge, while our STEM-focused activities provide K-16 students with opportunities to see their ideas come to life! Our inaugural conference attracted over 3,000 students and 6,000 attendees from 400 companies. We anticipate that our next event will attract 5,000 students and 10,000 attendees from 500 companies.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Technology Foundation of the Americas

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Arts & Culture

305 Community Radio - Shake 108 FM

Miami has a new FM non-profit music station giving a local voice to the community. Our mission... to give all of Miami's non-profits a voice on the radio to promote their events for free. besides offering free radio commercials to Miami non-profits, we also are promoting local musicians, local DJs, local artists and adding a new flavor to the Miami music scene which is not anchored to the overplayed commercialized music... more »
Who are you?

We are a new FCC approved 501-C3 FM radio station. WMIV 107.9 FM (aka Shake 108FM). We are music station focused on giving all Miami based non-profits a free FM voice to promote their events. We are also helping the community by playing local artists

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

We are a non-profit designed to help non-profits by giving them free radio advertisesments announcing their events. We also impact local musicians, local DJs, local artists and local comedians by putting them on the FM radio. We are not like the big national stations which claim to be local Miami radio but they broadcast from palm beach to Key largo and they play the commercialized music over and over and over. Enough !

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

We are a changemaker because we offer non-profits a platform for free radio announcements. We are changemakers because we play local music, local bands, local DJs... we are helping to change the music scene.

Let's change the over-played commercialized FM stations who claim to be local and make a difference.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We are now promoting a number of non-profits: O Cinema, Health in the Hood, Museum of Science, ECOMB, Surfrider, GiveMiamiDay and the reclamation Project.

We are not playing local bands like: Suenalo, Spam All-Stars, Johnny Dread, Afrobeta and many more.

We are now palying local DJs and comedians.

Tune in... WMIV 107.9 FM

Organization Name (or individuals name) 305 Community Radio Inc

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Civic Engagement

Engaging & Connecting our Diverse Communities via Group Dialogue

‘Celebrate Diversity Miami’ (CDM) is a new initiative inspired in part by the work of a well-established, local nonprofit called MCCJ, which creates safe spaces for dialogue between people of all cultures, religions and races; and by the renowned exhibit ‘Coexistence,’ which travelled the world throughout the 2000s to contribute to dialogue in communities about our differences, while encouraging people to think about... more »
Who are you?

Naomi is a connector dedicated to creatively developing initiatives that spark conversation on diversity, encourage collaboration, and inspire action for positive social change. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Community & Social Change at UM.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

As described by U of Michigan professors, intergroup dialogue “… represents a grassroots effort to meet one of the major challenges facing our democracy today: the lack of communication among diverse groups of people in schools … communities, and … workplace. By forging lines of communication among different elements of society, [it] helps to create a more just, harmonious, and strong democracy.” This approach can impact Civic Participation by developing a more empathic & collaborative culture.

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

To effectively address the “unmet needs of … residents,” CDM will focus on bringing people of all cultural & economic backgrounds together. CDM believes that part of feeling “connected … to the place they live” includes cultivating stronger connections between residents themselves. Since there are so many “transplants from out of the state or country” it’s very important to familiarize them with what makes our community unique; and what better way to do so than by dialoguing with local citizens?

Please give examples of your project's success.

CDM held an interactive kick-off event in Oct. ‘14, bringing together 150+ people of all ages & cultural backgrounds on a bicycle ride to learn about several positive social change efforts taking place in Overtown, Liberty City, & Little Haiti. We've also been developing partnerships with local schools & community-based organizations in order to connect with the largest network of residents possible for the initial photo-voice exhibit, & upcoming intergroup dialogue component of our initiative.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Celebrate Diversity Miami

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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 »
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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