Education

Alfalit International

A simple method to teach reading, writing and basic math to illiterate adults in a short amount of time.

Who are you?

Alfalit is a non-profit, faith based organization engaged in literacy, basic and preschool education. We work with all faiths and partner with organizations in 24 countries and in Miami, Florida.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The method we employ allows adults to learn to read and write in a short amount of time. It also allows the students to become independent and develop reading comprehension through complementary booklets that cover a wide range of interesting, informative and practical topics. Literacy empowers students to explore new ideas.

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

With education - reading and writing and basic math skills, students can improve the quality of their lives and those of their children.

Please give examples of your project's success.

A 49 year old woman learned how to write her name and read common words. Now she is a leader in her community.(Liberia)

A man working at a farm in Miami completed the Alfalit program and wrote and read his speech to the Alfalit audience in September 2014.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Alfalit International

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Young Women Workshop

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Viernes Culturales will host a 5 hour workshop for underprivileged young women.

We will have speakers from all walks of life who understand these young women and who will have

concrete situations that will impact our attendees.

Our focus is the Little Havana area as we are a staple in the community which is lacking these programs.

Our aim is to guide, sponsor, mentor these young ladies in all walks of their lives.

Who are you?

A cultural hub to Little Havana. A liaison for the artistic community and visitors.To accelerate the transformation of Little Havana’s arts district. To bring people together.To preserve the history of Little Havana via a historic walking tours.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

With the funding we can bring women who have and continue to make an impact in South Florida to empower, guide and mentor the young ladies in our community. We have many agencies that are in dire need of this great program we have in mind for young women to excel in their goals.

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

Education

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our joint ventures with Connect Familias where we take families to HistoryMiami's Saturdays free museum events. We give symposiums to young artist, musicians in law and marketing.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays Inc

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Using QR Codes to Unlock Exotic plants at the Fruit & Spice Park

Quick Response codes, QR codes, will be created and placed on the existing labels of each of the plant specimens in the park. By using their Smartphones, visitors will be taken to the Park website where additional material can be accessed.

Who are you?

The Fruit & Spice Park is a 37 acre educational park in the heart of the Redland in Miami-Dade County that features tropical and subtropical edible and agricultural plants. These are plants that impact the lives of people all over the world.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By placing QR codes on the labels of the plants in the Park, the Park visitor will have access to an expanded amount of material specific to that plant. By using this method of learning, visitors will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and level of involvement.

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

Education: This project will allow the visitor to access material that otherwise may not be available to the visitor, such as how man uses the plant, how the plant fits into the Plant Kingdom, and information specific to that plant can be accessed.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Fruit & Spice park contains over 2,000 plants from tropical and subtropical areas around the world. Our plants are labeled and the Park has a beautiful website created by one of our community partners. By using this established website, we can expand our reach to more visitors and provide more information.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Fruit & Spice Park

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UMCCE: Pathways to Progress

Access to and success in postsecondary educational pursuits is an important factor in today’s socioeconomic climate, particularly in the United States. A substantial literature indicates that going to college is associated with significant increases in opportunity, income, career achievement, health, and quality of life. In America, however, unequal access to high quality educational opportunities remains a serious challenge.... more »
Who are you?

The University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement fosters university-community collaboration by engaging the university’s academic resources in the enrichment of civic and community life in our local, national and global communities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The program seeks to address the disparities in high school education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that leave many students unprepared for a college education by increasing educational opportunities for under-served students and improving their access to resources for college preparedness. In addition, the Partnership provides professional development and supplemental instruction resources for high school teachers.

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

The program seeks not only to increase the number of students who go on to pursue higher education, but also to provide teachers with classroom support and enhanced materials from UM students who are up to date in their field areas and can help enhance education quality. Miami-Dade County spends less per pupil than the US average, and schools like Miami Southridge and Booker T. Washington have few resources to provide to their students and teachers and administrators who are spread thin.

Please give examples of your project's success.

As mentioned above, Pathways to Progress has been extremely popular with all parties involved. Assessments and evaluations show a high level of satisfaction from the UM students, the high school teachers, and the high school students. CCE employs a rigorous assessment model which measures the impact of the partnership in many ways, including how effective the curricular enhancements were and and how many indicators of the creation of a college-going culture were strengthened or developed.

Organization Name (or individuals name) University of Miami

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Finding Affordable Paths To-and-Through College

Many college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, encounter a range of personal and financial obstacles during their post-high school summer that can lead them to change or even abandon their college plans. This phenomenon, known as “Summer Melt,” affects 20% of low-income college-intending young people from urban school districts nationwide—up to 40% for prospective community college students.... more »
Who are you?

uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through a postsecondary education. Last year, we helped students access nearly $23 million in financial aid.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Removing the financial barriers to college is a key solution to ensuring that students have access to a quality education, thrive academically and can contribute to the local economy.

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

This project addresses education. uAspire is committed to reaching the day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by graduating from college, regardless of their families’ financial resources or college experience. Eliminating cost as a barrier will lead to higher rates of enrollment and graduation, helping more students attain the economic promise of an affordable college degree that will break the cycle of poverty in this and subsequent generations.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our Summer College Connect Program results show a substantial positive impact on college enrollment. Students who receive proactive summer support from uAspire enroll in college at higher rates than their similarly college-intending peers who do not receive outreach. Across all uAspire sites, Summer College Connect has resulted in an 18-25% statistically significant decrease in summer melt.

Organization Name (or individuals name) uAspire Miami

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Redirect at-risk, court directed youth academically and vocation

Combining the expertise of teachers and volunteer mentors from the business community and the University of Miami Law school, the first six months of the Empowered Youth (EY) Program are dedicated to teaching life skills and building character as a dropout prevention and academic performance improvement for students at-risk of failing, quitting school, ending up in prison or dead in the streets.
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Who are you?

Mary Louise Cole, Ph.D., I am working to continue this successful program redirecting youth who would otherwise be lost in the streets of Miami Gardens and Liberty City. With more than 30 years experience working with at-risk youth, I'm here to help.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

EY 's goal is to improve each youth's academics in order to prepare him for subsequent academic efforts and/or a job. The goal for the 13-20 yr. old students is to have the basic reading and math skills to be successful in school and in jobs. Success in school and job trading build confidence in their ability to succeed in their future. Paid internships, job-training,job placement add to their hopes for a crime-free future. U.M. law student tutors are the role models missing from their lives.

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

The Empowered Youth project addresses Grade school proficiency, H.S. graduation rates, college readiness, college enrollment, job readiness and employment data points from the 2014 report. The law school tutors work with the students' schools to raise their grades and build the students' confidence in their ability to read and do math. They also become he role models for why attaining a college education is important to youth from families where few have graduated high school.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The law students' tutoring is very effective even though many of the youth have no interest in school and only want to make money. They actually improve the reading and math proficiency of 75% of the youth. Fifty-six of the 70 students graduate from H.S.,90% of whom are prepared for college. Almost all, 90%, enroll in college while the others are delayed because they need to work to accumulate money first.
The students are in paid internships most often leading to employment.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Empowered Youth

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Support Tomorrow's Future

The mission of Support Tomorrow’s Future (STF) is to provide educational consulting, coaching, outreach, counseling and financial support to families, students and educators to fulfill their educational goals and innovative academic pursuits. We are a private, non-profit organization with the vision of improving access to educational opportunities for all and motivating students to enroll in higher education.

Who are you?

STF is a 501(c)3 dedicated to increasing school success among low-income middle-school students in Miami-Dade County by providing after-school programs that focus on academic support, life skills, leadership training, and social responsibility.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

STF was founded on the premise that all children, if given the opportunity, can overcome the obstacles to achievement and become the leaders of tomorrow. At STF our goal is to create upward momentum for low-income youth in our community by partnering with parents and schools to provide innovative after-school programs. By targeting middle-school students, we hope to bridge the gap in education and help students to become high school ready and college bound.

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

Education

Please give examples of your project's success.

STF is the product of years of research and careful planning. The agency founder has operated a successful educational consulting service for over 5 years. STF's after-school program is a combination of this experience and the desire to reach low income kids at their most pivotal age – the middle school years. We have identified several middle schools in Miami-Dade that are in need of after-school programs, and will pursue partnerships with these schools to offer services on location.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Support Tomorrow's Future

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Increasing High School Graduation Rates Among At-Risk Girls

Women of Tomorrow helps at-risk girls overcome obstacles, gain skills, improve academic performance, graduate from high school and go on to higher education and lives of greater opportunity. Our program includes group mentoring sessions, supportive peer relationships, career-focused field trips and specialized college campus visits, all designed to encourage girls to stay in school and aim high. Our efforts prevent dropouts,... more »
Who are you?

We are a unique mentoring program pairing mentors with small groups of at-risk high school girls. Our program prevents high school dropouts, increases access to higher education, fosters workforce development and creates pathways out of poverty.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our program is designed to meet the needs of at-risk teenage girls in public high schools. By providing them with the resources and support they need, mentees learn the importance and impact that their education has on their future: improve their grades, graduate from high school, pursue higher education and lead lives of greater oppotunity. Our program provides services at a low cost per student per year, rewarding participants and the community with tens of thousands of dollars in return.

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

High school dropouts are seven times more likely to be living in poverty than those holding bachelor’s degrees. The costs of dropping out are borne not only by the individuals, but also by our communities. Our program addresses this need by achieving program objectives and community impact through increased high school graduation rates, increased likelihood of higher education and statistically significant increases in self esteem and grade point averages.

Please give examples of your project's success.
  1. 96% high school graduation rate in Miami-Dade
  2. .05 average increase in GPA
  3. Increased likelihood of higher education: Of colleges, universities and technical schools that report to the National Student Clearinghouse, we know that a minimum of 73-80% of our graduates have enrolled in higher education. After 6 years at least 57% have graduated college with a degree, a statistic which is comparable to national average.
  4. We serve mentees in every public high school in Miami-Dade County

Organization Name (or individuals name) Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

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Style Saves: Crazy Cool 4 Back 2 School 2015

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Founded by FORD Fashion Stylist Rachael Russell and a group of philanthropic-minded young professionals, Style Saves raises funds to help underprivileged students. In collaboration with The Miami Foundation, Style Saves works with local retail stores, designers, and boutiques to provide kids of all ages with back-to-school basics like clothing, uniforms, shoes, accessories, and prescription eyewear.

In 2014, over 1,500... more »
Who are you?

Style Saves is an organization that leverages partnerships with brands in the fashion, art, and hospitality realms in an effort to provide underprivileged kids with clothing, uniforms, and other necessities for their first day of school.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In Miami-Dade county, nearly one in four children fall below the federal poverty line; in single parent families, that number increases to one in three (2011 US Census). A single mother of four needing to buy 2-3 uniforms at $40 a pop for each child will have to find an additional $500 to cover the cost of sending her kids to school. Style Saves steps in to help provide these basic necessities so that no child is unable to go to school due to lack of clothing.

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

This project directly addresses Education Goal 2, “Miami-Dade Students of All Ages Thrive Academically.” By providing basic necessities such as clothing, uniforms, shoes, and prescription eyewear, Style Saves gives local kids of all ages a better chance to thrive academically by giving them the basic tools for success they so desperately need.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since its founding in 2011, Style Saves has gone from raising $20,000 to help 50 students, to bringing in more than $170,000 and helping over 1,500 kids. Marianne Weiss, a Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, affirms, "…many of these children live in very high risk environments and come from low socioeconomic families. They would not have had the necessary clothing to begin school if it wasn't for Style Saves providing them with much needed outfits, shoes, and school uniforms."

Organization Name (or individuals name) Style Saves

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