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Education

Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative

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The City’s comprehensive literacy program, Hialeah Reads!, was implemented in the summer of 2000. Through Hialeah Reads!, the City of Hialeah has offered one to one reading tutoring for children, small group reading tutoring and intensive reading classes, a computerized reading program for adults and children to aid with English language skills, conversational English classes for adults, one to one basic literacy assistance... more »
Who are you?

The City of Hialeah is a full service city. The Education & Community Services Department offers after-school and camp programs, adult centers, a therapeutic recreation center, and more. City services are of excellent quality and are in high demand.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Over the past 13 years, these free programs have been tailored to the community’s needs as they arise, making them a viable tool to serve the diverse population. The majority of Hialeah students come from homes that speak English as a second language and parents may not be adequately equipped to help their children with reading and homework. Our tutoring programs allow free access to academic assistance that would otherwise be unavailable to low income families.

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

The Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative addresses the data point from The Our Miami Report which focuses on grade school reading proficiency. With a significant percentage of Hialeah students considered English Language Learners, a need has been presented for the City to provide access to quality literacy programming that ensures reading proficiency of school aged children. Hialeah’s partnerships within the community are also fundamental in the success of city programs.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2000, the Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative has successfully served 4,000 Hialeah residents in our literacy programs. Tutoring is provided in a productive and consistent setting, allowing participants to focus and gain confidence as they learn. Parents of children who participate in the City of Hialeah literacy program report that their children show noticeable improvement in school. Pre and Post test results for programs also show clear evidence of improvement for most students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) City of Hialeah Education & Community Services

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Arts & Culture

Take Back the Mic

Take Back the Mic is a competition in which the fan is the judge. In Year One, fans vote on our Amp.It platform for their top-choice artists from Jamaica, Colombia and Brazil. The finalists from each country battle it out for the Golden Mic at the finale in Miami – the 3 top-scoring Amp.it fans worldwide will join them. While the competing artists learn from celebrity mentors, the fans learn along with them -- and use... more »
Who are you?

Our team has Emmy Nominations, an Academy Award submission and decades of experience working with entertainment moguls like Oprah & Spielberg & organizations like: Google, LinkedIn, MTV, AmEx, the DNC, NBA, NFL, HBO, ABC, Univision & Harpo.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our experience in both the technology & entertainment sectors uniquely positions us to help young people see the power of what they can achieve with united voices. Ultimately, Amp.it will use art and culture to galvanize youth to "vote" for what they believe in.

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

We will harness the power of online communities to engage young people in the arts. Furthermore, TBTM will coalesce the Miami creative, tech & business communities to make this city the indispensable gateway for artists from the Global Underground to cross over. It makes the city not only the capital of the Americas, but of a global music movement. Ultimately, Amp.it becomes a platform where youth can "vote" on anything. And which can drive capital from all over the world to Miami.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Amp.it beta platform launched in late October, after three months of intensive development. Our team has had experience building scalable tech platforms for hundreds of millions of users, as well as multiple media properties that have reached audiences of 100+ million.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Amp.it

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Housing & Affordability

Back to the City: Reurbanization Brings Opportunities

The message is simple; provide quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Commit to innovation and responsiveness to difficult real estate related urban issues. TASG strongly believes that livability and sustainability are closely aligned. By incorporating innovative practices into housing developments we aim to promote greater environmental and social health for the communities... more »
Who are you?

TASG Development, LLC is a privately held real estate development company based out of Miami, Florida. TASG's core focus is to establish sustainable housing that is green and create innovative solutions to community development challenges.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Several factors are at play here, including the recent recession and housing crisis. However all of these factors are driving development of high cost housing. Adaptive reuse can become a popular tactic in affordable housing development, as we encourage revitalization of long-neglected areas. Once housing has been built, that drives opportunities for retail development.

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

The economic stability of Miamians is a major factor in how comfortably they can live here. Standard living costs, i.e., rents and mortgages, at 30% or more consume the largest share of a residents' income and determine their overall financial health. Cultivation of affordable housing to help ease its cost-burdened residents will go a long way toward making Miami a more affordable place to live.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Home buyers directly affected by shortage of affordable housing have been able to purchase homes reducing their standard living costs on average by 23.7% in addition to utilizing homebuyer programs as a result of our focus coordinating support among businesses, organized labor, local government, faith communities, housing advocates and concentrated public education media campaigns.

Organization Name (or individuals name) TASG Development LLC

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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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