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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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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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Accelerate Civic Engagement Platforms - City Year Miami

Since 2008, City Year Miami has been serving the community through civic engagement and citizen service. In just 7 years, we have grown from 82 AmeriCorps members serving in 7 schools, to 212 AmeriCorps members serving in 18 schools and engaging over 12,000 community members across South Florida. As the fastest developing site in the City Year network, City Year Miami’s goal is to increase its core size from 212 to 436... more »
Who are you?

City Year's mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship.We unite young leaders from diverse backgrounds to engage in 10 months of full-time service, leadership development, & civic engagement.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

City Year Miami boasts a civic engagement team, a combination of professional staff and Americorps members charged with creating avenues that meet this need.This includes offering single day and recurring community service days for corporate entities, aligning community organization (based on assessment) need with issue-based interest from corporate sponsors. This team also provides timely community-wide programming, that addresses pressing issues like candidate forums to drive voter turnout.

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

Miami has a rate of 16% in levels of volunteerism versus a national rate of 27%. It is important to create a platform that engages not only the youth of Miami, but the community as a whole. City Year Miami has become a millennial driven civic leadership incubator within the community, creating platforms for volunteerism and civic engagement that holistically transform our community through cooperation, compassion, courage, and commitment.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 1988, City Year has collectively graduated over 15,100 AmeriCorps members, served 1,225,000 children and completed over 26 million hours of service. In the 7 years we have been in Miami we have spearheaded over 500 community service projects and engaged over 12,000 community members across South Florida.

Organization Name (or individuals name) City Year Inc

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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 »
Who are you?

I am the Founding Partner and Strategies + Solution Lead for Urban Impact Lab. Our mission is to design urban experiences that cultivate civic innovation. Over the last two years I have been actively engaged in a number of city-related issues.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Improves the community's perception of the city structure and increases the likelihood that residents will take on a more active role in shaping their city.

This access to the city and related activism would likely increase overall civic engagement, in the areas of volunteering, advocacy and voting.

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

Civic engagement data points are the primary target. An increase in volunteer activity (all age levels) is also expected, which may positively affect voter turnout.

 

This also speaks to the future of data points such as investment in public space/park space, libraries and parkland.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Civically engaged or community-minded individuals and organizations are not discouraged at the city/county level from pursuing ideas that are in the public realm (demonstration projects, etc).

The city/county has a dedicated resource that facilitates its leadership in civic innovation ideas and projects.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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Town Hall Meetings

As South Florida’s public media outlet, WLRN has a unique opportunity and responsibility to convene community conversations on critical issues. WLRN’s expertise in providing deep, analytical and relatable coverage of important news stories is reflected in its award-winning radio and online news coverage and it’s previous success in organizing, producing, airing and covering Town Hall events.

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Who are you?

Friends of WLRN, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) and is committed to the support of WLRN Public Media (91.3 FM and Channel 17) whose mission is to provide information, entertainment and life-long learning services to South Florida.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

WLRN will provide a multimedia-platform for community stakeholders to engage and discuss key issues that affect South Floridians. The platform will include a Town Hall meeting, social media, online stories and radio to reach a larger audience. Thereby, creating a voice for the entire community to express their concerns and unmet needs.

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

WLRN’s news philosophy holds that news is a shared experience. We strive to create stories that are not just engaging, but that people can engage with. This effort leads to extended periods of concentrated outreach resulting in an increase in the following: number of people featured in the reporting, the number of people reached by the reporting, the length of contact with participants and people involved in the reporting process. The Town Hall will support those outcomes.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In February and November 2013, WLRN produced two Town Hall meetings: Florida legislative session at the Broward Ctr. with an audience of 600 to discuss key issues. The event led to an on-going series of radio and online reporting throughout the year. WLRN co-hosted The Coastal Communities Congressional Town Hall at the Broward County Convention Ctr. WLRN’s Elevation Zero - Rising Seas in South Florida special reports. WLRN won first place - 2014 Florida Associated Press radio series reporting.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Friends of WLRN, Inc.

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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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Youth Engagement and Empowerment Initiative

Artistry Youth in Motion Inc. is committed to serving our community through programs designed to enhance the lives of our youth, rape victim and senior citizens, by providing a safe place so that survivors could support each other, structured, and supervised activities that will allow for healthy development regardless of race, class, or creed. Artistry Youth in Motion serving senior through programs designed to enhance... more »
Who are you?

Artistry Project operates in Miami/Broward community we a project call Use your Voice Break the Silence. AYM have individual and small group counseling services and also a talk show for those who want the break their silence and held other.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

•To provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for all underage female victims of sex trafficking
To provide Educational, Interpersonal Skills, Recreational, Cultural, Health and Lifelong learning opportunities for youth and adults.
• To offer educational advancement opportunities for youth and seniors.
• To ensure that no one in Miami/Broward or in surrounding areas goes hungry.
• Prevent youth from Human Trafficking
• Help rape victim reclaim their life back

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

Create value and opportunities for families.Build sustainable fundraising and partnerships.Develop a sustainable dynamic organizational culture.Promote effective public awareness and education.Supporting survivors both online and offline. How wonderful that we can find and help each other heal; how horrible that so many women and men are victims of rape. The goal of Artistry Youth in Motion is to provide free food to those in need,while working to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Florida

Please give examples of your project's success.

we help are sex abuse victim reclaim their life back
We promote are youth by taking them to different booking, audition and help them with their career, Professionals and mentors who support the youth education and career development through the integration of creative holistic arts.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Artistry Youth in Motion

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