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Housing & Affordability

Community Scholars in Affordable Housing

Miami consistently tops lists of the most expensive cities in the nation due to the high costs of housing and transportation. Nearly half of the households in the region are cost-burdened—that is, they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Adequate provision of affordable housing has been linked with enhanced opportunities for educational success in children, improved health outcomes, and local economic stimulus,... more »

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Economy

Service Dogs and Restaurants

This project witll work with Chambers of Commerce and reaturant owners to educate them about the service dog provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law. We also propose to train users of service dog.Service dogsa re individually trained to serve people with disabilities, come in a lsizes and breeds, and serve a range of disabilities. This project will reduce tensions, and increase awareness.... more »

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Health & Safety

Close the Gap Campaign

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (who did not already have insurance) were entitled to either assistance paying for health insurance through the marketplace or enrollment in an expanded Medicaid program. However, in 2012, the United States Supreme Court held that states were not required to accept federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs, and to date, the Florida... more »

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Civic Engagement

Office of [Civic] Innovation Incubator

The Problem: Currently, anyone looking to interface with the city on any form of community/civic/urbanist project becomes mired in cumbersome bureaucracy, accentuated by a crippling lack of coordination and communication among departments, officials, and administrators.

A Solution: Creation of an "Office of [Civic] Innovation". Starting with a series of convenings with key community members and civic leaders, strategize... more »

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Arts & Culture

ARTSreach

ARTSreach, is an inclusive arts educational enrichment program dedicated to providing the highest quality of active and passive arts experiences in Fine Arts – Dance and Painting - at designated Miami-Dade County Parks’ Out-of-School Programs for at-risk elementary and middle school children. This educational arts outreach project affords hand-on arts and cultural projects, discussions, literacy in performing and visual... more »

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Arts & Culture

Fluorescent Moon

Fluorescent Moon is a collaborative theater project by a collective of artists with and without disabilities. Following on Antiheroes’ recent success with its interdisciplinary work Nomadis, Fluorescent Moon will develop from the personal narratives of artists – in this case blind actors - based on childhood experiences and anecdotes revealing the way they learned to experience and interact with the world in terms of... more »

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Environment & Public Space

Colony1: A Sustainability Center for Miami using Art+Science

The Art of Cultural Evolution is an environmental and arts non-profit organization committed to urban sustainability. The organization has recently been awarded a 50 year land grant from Miami-Dade County to build Miami's first sustainability center, an eco-friendly community and sustainable ‘living building’, Colony1. It will be the 15th certified ‘living building’ by the Living Institute in the world and the first... more »

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Environment & Public Space

The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

The Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating farm and environmental education center that will provide an urban link to fresh produce, marine conservation and sustainability. The Barge’s goal is to promote ecological sustainability through public demonstration, education and research projects related to the urban waterfront. In particular, its ability to grow crops without soil in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by... more »

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Education

Affirming YOUth

Affirming YOUth is a workshop where youth, as well as their parents, can come to learn and understand experiences different from their own, where inclusion is paramount; where diversity and words used to communicate matter; and where knowing creates empathy.

Achieving this milestone is done through skits, open discussions and musical selections focusing on body weight, sexual orientation, conflict resolution, bullying... more »

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Environment & Public Space

Protecting Miami-Dade’s water supply and green space

The main water resource for all Miami-Dade citizens lies just below our feet in the Biscayne Aquifer. Yet, there are a number of threats to the quality and quantity of this water. Sea level rise and existing water management operations threaten to contaminate our drinking water with salt water. Urban sprawl and other land use changes remove open space needed to replenish the aquifer and provide refuge for humans and... more »

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Education

FIU Project Panther Life: Learning is for Everyone

Project Panther LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone is a certificate, non-degree program of study which allows students with Intellectual Disabilities to access and participate in a variety of FIU courses, varied job shadowing opportunities throughout campus, supervised employment internship experiences in the community, and other required program and community activities (e.g., Summer Residential Program, online academic... more »

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Education

HealthCorps - Empowering Youth Through Wellness

HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer professional development program that empowers educators and administrators to bring HealthCorps’ innovative, health and wellness curriculum to schools, summer camps, community centers, and organizations. HCU provides hands-on training, engaging materials, tools, and support for trainees as they improve health and wellness through classroom education, staff engagement,... more »

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Civic Engagement

Experience Enterprises

Experience Enterprises is a grassroots project focused on improving the economic and social culture of inner city communities. it is a creation of monthly events and workshops that target youth, but also engage the whole community. Each event will not only provide fun and entertainment, but also provide community service opportunities for youth, leadership development with hands-on experience, and educate the community... more »

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Environment & Public Space

South Pointe Park Coral Cam and Biorock Nursery

The South Pointe Park Coral Cam and Biorock Nursery will provide students, citizens, and tourists with a digital porthole into the aquatic life of Miami’s tropical reef ecosystem. The underwater camera will stream a live recording of South Pointe Park’s marinelife direct to the internet, where it can become a powerful symbol of Miami’s urban tropical ecology. Signage in the park and on the fishing pier will inform people... more »

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