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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 »
Who are you?

NE2P is composed of diverse stakeholders interested in the revitalization of “Downtown Little Haiti” of Miami through creating and sustaining a vibrant commercial center, which increases economic opportunities and forges the area's cultural identity.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Via a BID, we will secure funds to address enhancements - lighting, sanitation, pedestrian safety - that will propel it as a cultural destination in Miami. Most immediately, this will increase pedestrian traffic which translates into increased economic opportunities. We will further develop underlying strategies for urban development that is sustainable and community-oriented, keeping Little Haiti with the mix of people that make it a unique Haitian experience in the heart of Miami.

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

Via a BID, Little Haiti will have funds to improve the area propelling it as another environment rich in unique art and cultural experiences that retain a Haitian flair. This will expose residents to a beautified and culturally enriched community. Paralleling this will be increased economic opportunities to accommodate increased pedestrian and tourist traffic. Last, with a BID, we can increase community engagement and bring our diverse participants together to shape our neighborhood.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Without funding NE2P has already begun the initial steps necessary to seek a BID. This has included researching the step-by-step process for a BID, tracing the history of the neighborhood, collaborating with individuals central to the successful Wynwood BID, and sketching out a timeline. Funds are necessary to actually execute the BID process. Continued examples of success will be: completion of needed databases, marketing campaigns, town hall meetings, and actual voting.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P)

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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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Housing & Affordability

THE SCOTT HOMES COMMUNITY HISTORY CENTER

Affordable housing is not just about bricks and mortar. It is also about the important community ties it generates and sustains, as well as the heroic stories of its residents. These aspects are often lost amidst characterizations of those communities as impoverished, crime-ridden and dysfunctional. This project emerged from the August 2014 Miami JusticeHack (www.justicehack.com), a creative, collaborative workshop... more »
Who are you?

The Miami Community History Project, Inc. is a multidisciplinary group, comprised of former or current residents of public housing in Liberty City, academics, architects, planners, lawyers, and supporting community organizations.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

A major impediment to the creation, preservation and funding of affordable housing is the stigma arising from stereotypes of the communities living in that housing. This project is designed to counter those stereotypes & highlight success stories of the hard-working, struggling families that are an integral part of Miami’s history and social fabric. In addition, by being resident-driven, this project connects residents to professionals seeking to make Miami a more inclusive and equitable place.

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

Economic equitability and the preservation/creation of affordable housing. This project recognizes that an important first step in preserving affordable is combating stigma around it and increasing the visibility and understanding of residents. The Center can help generate support for the preservation and expansion of affordable housing, and also create a way for residents to be more economically integrated into Miami by validating their place as important actors in the greater Miami community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

This project builds on successes of constituent members of the Miami Community History Project, including academicians, attorneys, and staff and members of Miami Workers Center. Examples of successes include the Scott Homes Hope VI Agreement, which led to construction of hundreds of units of new public housing; the 2014 JusticeHack which was attended by over 130 Miamians and generated over 15 ideas; and scholarly presentations in Overtown on race and housing in Miami attended by over 300 people.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services

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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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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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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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Education

Liberty to Make

A makerspace in Liberty City will help locals garner & foster their entrepreneurial & creative talents while coming together as a community. This culturally-infused makerspace will serve as a hub for socially-conscious technological innovation through hands-on education. Community members will gain specialized skills in fields such as design thinking, 3D printing, modeling & fabrication, & programming. Liberty to Make... more »
Who are you?

MIAMade is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable maker culture in Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our program will promote specialized skills & embed the principles of making that will lead to neighborhood development & job growth for new makers. Students that pursue a postsecondary education with a concentration in a STEAM disciplines, are more likely to either change studies or drop out if they didn’t receive prior hands-on training. Making will accelerate the creative process and extend collaborative processes while giving them a new value for artisanship.

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

Providing Maker Education opportunities to the people of Liberty City through an ambassador teaching program allows them to broaden & transfer their knowledge in STEAM fields. These new skills contribute to the workforce & will lower risk for unemployment. An interest in making can increase not only high school graduation rates from 77.2% in Miami to surpass national standards, but also increase enrollment in postsecondary education with the hands-on training that they will gain.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Liberty to Make is a reinvisioned Wynwood Maker Camp, developing new innovative thinkers in the Liberty City community. MIAMade’s maker events and programs, such as the Miami Mini Maker Faire, Maker Saturdays and the camp, has exposed STEAM disciplines to over 6,500 citizens in Miami. As a result, youth have been exposed to interdisciplinary approaches to making, confidence in the making process & a sense of pride in their final products.

Organization Name (or individuals name) MIAMade

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Public Servants awareness day

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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.

Philanthrofest is scheduled... more »
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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