Environment & Public Space

Our City on the Sea - SeaGrass & Sustainability

What can YOU do to preserve Miami’s precious resources? How does sea level rise affect our community?

Take a wade in our sea grass beds and learn from our naturalists how the health of our sea grasses will be impacted by sea level rise and how it will be affecting our community.

Participants would explore the sea grass beds that grow in our shallow waters off Key Biscayne and then predict how the marine landscape... more »
Who are you?

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center is a not-for profit organization dedicated to environmental education and the encouragement of better citizen participation in the protection of our natural environment.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Education is key to the impact of sea-level rise in our community. Miami-Dade County has the most attractive surroundings of a major urban center. Protecting our parks, beaches and natural environment is critical to maintaining Miami’s unique character. Our location and program takes place in Crandon Park, one of Miami's greatest oceanfront parks.

Park space will be impacted by climate change.
Through education our community will learn to be more sustainable in their daily lives.

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

Our project goes hand in hand with the “Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Community” portion of the 2014 Miami Report Study.

Sea level rise threatens our natural resources and impacts all eight issue areas explored in the Our Miami Report. Public space, including parks, is one of the areas that may be affected. Salt water intrusion puts our water quality at risk.
In two years, the sea level in Miami-Dade increased by two inches and projections for the future indicate a continued sea level rise.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center has been educating the public about the south Florida ecosystems for the past 45 years. Over one million participants have attended our programs. The north end of Key Biscayne, Bear Cut Preserve, was designated a environmental study area back in 1976, thanks to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She believed the community needed to be educated about their natural resources in order for them to survive. This is our mission and what we do daily.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center

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Environment & Public Space

Caribbean Reef SOS

Caribbean Reef SOS's mission is to save Caribbean coral reefs from extinction. It is a new, regional non-profit, based in Miami, that aims to raise awareness of the coral reef crisis, to organize concerned global citizens, and to raise funds for research, recovery efforts, and strategic advocacy. See business plan at CRSOS.org.

Who are you?

A South Florida native, I'm a mid-career consultant with master's degrees in both arts (UF) and science (FIU). I cover parks and environmental issues for the Biscayne Times. My goal is saving the ocean.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Researchers call the Florida Reef the world's worst case of impacts; likewise, the entire Caribbean reef region rates as endangered by the IUCN. As a Caribbean hub, Miami has the expertise and capacity to lead the region in reef restoration. As important as Everglades restoration, our reefs are part of a global crisis, and we can organize and lead from the epicenter--the reef's Ground Zero.

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

Environment & Public Space 1: Water quality is of highest concern to coral reef users and managers. Water is not simply drinking water; it is every drop that falls, collects everything in its path, and eventually flows into the ocean. 2. Beaches are the most popular public spaces, and their maintenance affects the nearby reefs. 3. Sustainability begins with healthy ecosystems.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The success is projected, once a community forms around this crisis. We have no choice but success. See business plan at CRSOS.org.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Caribbean Reef SOS

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Education

Developing a Culture of Excellence: Center for Leadership at FIU

In a unique partnership with Miami Northwestern Senior High School, and with the support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the FIU Center for Leadership is committed to inspiring, motivating, and encouraging Miami Northwestern’s non-instructional staff to connect and develop relationships with their students that will contribute to the student’s overall development and future success.

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Who are you?

The FIU Center for Leadership is a nationally recognized center for leadership research, development, and training. The Center’s leadership development programs were recently ranked #1 among educational institutions in the USA.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Traditionally underachieving ETO schools struggle with issues of morale, student and teacher retention and graduation rates. There are 108 schools in the district identified by ETO as underachieving schools. Students in these schools often lack appropriate role models and sometimes only find structure and positive interaction is from school staff. Given the socio-economic challenges of students at ETO schools, the school environment plays a significant role in students’ overall development.

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

Education Goal 1: M-D children have access to a quality education: Helping to maintain designated ranking of A for Miami Northwestern. Improved school quality helps future workforce needs and attracts residents and businesses to our community.
Education Goal 2: M-D students thrive academically. Promoting positive school/work environment provides stability and incentive for retention and graduation.

Please give examples of your project's success.

These workshops were created to meet Northwestern's pressing need for broader foundation for maintaining school performance.This year, 2 workshops have been held with more than 50 participants and 190 contact hours. The success has already been acknowledged by school leadership, "I have received great feedback" and "I truly believe you and your team was sent from heaven. I was wondering for years what can be done with staff to meet our service expectations. Finally my dream has come true!"

Organization Name (or individuals name) FIU Center for Leadership

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Economy

eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas is a not-for-profit initiative developed by the Technology Foundation of the Americas (TFA) that serves as a catalyst for establishing Miami as a technology hub. This large-scale technology conference is the defining moment for tapping into the diverse potential of local entrepreneurs and helping to transform our community’s economy. Our mission is to help advance Miami’s technology ecosystem through... more »
Who are you?

Launched by Technology Foundation of the Americas, eMerge Americas is a large-scale technology conference which showcases entrepreneurial innovation and trends through 6 industrial summits that will catalyze our community’s technology corridor.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

eMerge Americas will impact our community’s economy by helping to connect entrepreneurs with established professionals in diverse industries: information technology, education, finance, health, government, and media/entertainment. This annual event will contribute to the creation of a world-class technology hub that helps entrepreneurs connect with industry professionals to develop their business ideas and create jobs that will drive our local economy.

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

Our project targets the two economic data points identified by The Our Miami Report:
Miami’s employment growth rate rose from 2.5% (2013) to 3.0% (2014) exceeding the national increase of 1.9%. However, according to Forbes, Miami is only ranked #58 in job growth. eMerge seeks to help Miami break the top #50 ranking by using emerging technologies to: 1) create a path for entrepreneurs to develop new business & 2) accelerate the number of innovative job opportunities available to the community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

eMerge Americas is transforming Miami’s economic landscape by engaging entrepreneurs of all ages. Our Startup Showcase allows start-ups and late-stage companies to compete in a 2-day challenge, while our STEM-focused activities provide K-16 students with opportunities to see their ideas come to life! Our inaugural conference attracted over 3,000 students and 6,000 attendees from 400 companies. We anticipate that our next event will attract 5,000 students and 10,000 attendees from 500 companies.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Technology Foundation of the Americas

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Civic Engagement

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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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 »
Who are you?

Affirming YOUth is a non-profit organization that takes a holistic approach to helping individuals to realize their true potential through self-actualization with the goal of inspiring each person to become a more fully functioning ‘ME.'

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Research has shown adolescents who are bullied experienced more psychological distress and earned lower grades than their peers.

Affirming YOUth addresses the relationship of bullying involvement and its association with school attendance, academic achievement, disciplinary actions, safety, and belonging which can be barriers to a quality education.

Student workbooks that accompany the program increase reading comprehension skills, strengthens writing ability and academic creativity.

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

Poor quality schools threatens a community’s future workforce by failing to provide students with the skills necessary to thrive as adults.

One of the primary purposes of primary and secondary education is to ensure that all students obtain basic reading and math skills.

Miami-Dade county has a smaller percentage of top-rated schools than Florida, and the county percentage has fallen dramatically in the past two years.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Affirming Youth Conflict Resolution/Anti-Bullying Curriculum is already approved through Miami Dade County Public Schools.

Pre/Post Test data analysis of 800 students has proven the program to be effective because it allows participants to become stakeholders in the outcome. It also allows them to share their experiences and offer tips on how together “we” can stand together against hate, prejudice and stereotypes.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Affirming YOUth

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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 »
Who are you?

Coral Morphologic is a hybrid science/art endeavor based on the Miami River led by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay. They present corals as new icons for a 21st century Miami through art, science, film, and virtual reality.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

This project will directly benefit Miami by improving awareness and access to its tropical marine environment, while utilizing an existing public space; beautiful South Pointe Park. This project will build on the success of the new South Pointe fishing pier in encouraging greater public interaction and appreciation of Miami’s ‘blue space’.

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

This project directly improve Miami’s connection with its clean water resources by showcasing what we are trying to protect; our local marine ecology. If people are better informed with the diversity of life living just a stones throw from the water’s edge, they will be more proactive in both celebrating and protecting Miami’s environment. South Pointe Park is already a crown jewel in Miami’s public park system. This project will only serve to raise its profile and maximize its public potential.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Biorock Reef in Bali, Indonesia has become one of the islands most popular eco-dive tourism spots since its construction in 2005. In 2011, the first Biorock reef in the US was approved by the State of Florida and installed just off shore of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Similar webcams are currently streaming directly to the internet from several locations in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Coral Morphologic

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Arts & Culture

River Of Art

The River Of Art is a gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and artists. Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make... more »
Who are you?

James Echols & Annette Peikert are co-founders of Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, and PhilanthroFest, all deeply rooted in the community in Miami. Over the past six years, their organizations have produced over one-hundred events of all kinds and sizes.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The River Of Art program is designed to bring more and new people into art appreciation who otherwise might not be introduced to local contemporary art and artists. By hosting the events in public spaces, we make it accessible to South Florida’s residents and visitors. This helps to expand the potential customer base for all artists, as more people learn to love art, which strengthens the artist community.

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

This addresses the dual points of restaurant density and a thriving arts community. While attendance at museums is up, there is still a perception by many residents that there are not that many quality local artists, which is absolutely wrong. In addition, we are always on the look out for new and interesting venues, such as restaurants, so that we can introduce new people to them.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have hosted nearly twenty of these River Of Art shows, providing opportunity for dozens of artists to be introduced to thousands of new potential art lovers. One testimonial states, “Life is Art’s team is dedicated, mission oriented, dynamic and all encompassing. They have brilliantly positioned themselves to be a leader in the South Florida Arts Community.” Another artist stated, “I cant say more about the quality of the events that the good folks at Life is Art have been doing.”

Organization Name (or individuals name) Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami

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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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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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Arts & Culture

Art/Work Connections

Artists often come out of their educational programs (whether it be official schooling or learned on the street) lacking even basic business skills. Artists operate essentially as solo entrepreneurs, or perhaps with a small staff, if they are more successful. Like any entrepreneur, they face numerous business issues, including contract negotiation, financial management, health care, marketing, sales and many more. However,... more »
Who are you?

James Echols & Annette Peikert are co-founders of Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, and PhilanthroFest, all deeply rooted in the community in Miami. Over the past six years, their organizations have produced over one-hundred events of all kinds and sizes.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

A thriving creative arts community must include the local, living and working artists. These are the soul of any city. Our artists are ill-equipped to provide a living for themselves through their work, often falling victim to scams or financial errors and lacking good marketing and sales skills. There are scant opportunities for convenient, cost-effective business education. To our knowledge, we are the only organization offering these types of educational opportunities in Miami.

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

We are addressing the goal: Miami-Dade Supports a Thriving Creative Arts Community. We identified this issue six years ago, that flourishing creative arts community helps maintain a region’s brand identity and helps lure tourists. We state it that local artists speak to and about a community's soul. They tell our story.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We are addressing the goal: Miami-Dade Supports a Thriving Creative Arts Community. We identified this issue six years ago, that flourishing arts helps maintain a region’s brand identity and helps lure tourists. We state it that local artists speak to and about a community's soul. They tell our story.

Like many start-up entrepreneurs, artists do not have the knowledge or experience that running a successful business requires. We aim to fix that and create a thriving creative arts community

Organization Name (or individuals name) Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami

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Environment & Public Space

The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

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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 »
Who are you?

CappSci is a non-profit foundation located in Coconut Grove. Our mission is to apply science to challenges of global significance and solve them by combining people, knowledge, and capital.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Science Barge will activate underutilized waterfront & add value to a public park without compromising any green space. The Barge produces food in the urban core using renewable energy & a closed-loop water system, which preserve air & water quality by reducing the trucking of food & eliminating runoff into waterways. The Barge will serve as model for South Florida as a leader in renewable energy & sustainable agriculture, with the ultimate goal of spurring investment & jobs.

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

The Barge strives to be net zero & will preserve air quality by producing no emissions. All fresh water is re-circulated, ensuring that no nutrients pollute Biscayne Bay. All waste on the Barge is recycled, composted or repurposed encouraging the implementation of these practices in daily life. Taken together, these technologies embody an ecologically conscious approach to food & energy production that, when adopted globally, can slow climate change and mitigate the threat of sea level rise.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Miami Science Barge expands upon the highly successful NY Science Barge, designed by CappSci founder, Dr. Ted Caplow. Now in its 7th year, the Science Barge has hosted tens of thousands of students and public visitors and appeared in National Geographic, Science, and the Economist, among others. Dr. Caplow’s original design will serve as our model, but adapted to Miami’s sustainability and environmental challenges. A local advisory panel will be led by Dr. Kenny Broad of UM’s RSMAS.

Organization Name (or individuals name) CappSci

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Housing & Affordability

Housing: NHSSF Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Having a safe, decent and affordable place to live allows people to put down roots and communities to grow strong. It also gives homeowners the stability to keep their children in school, anticipate financial expenses and get to know their neighbors. Buying a home is one of life's biggest decisions and financial investments, and can be intimidating for anyone. Focusing on low to moderate income individuals, our Neighborhood... more »
Who are you?

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is an affordable housing & community development nonprofit organization. Our mission is to collaborate with residents and stakeholders to stabilize neighborhoods and develop sustainable housing.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

NHSSF understands that an educated consumer is the best prospect for homeownership. We have witnessed the positive effects & necessity of homebuyer education in producing stable homeowners. We ask you to support NHSSF’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative though our central program: the HomeOwnership Promotion Program. The program addresses a critical component of sustainable homeownership through homebuyer education, financial literacy, & one-on-one counseling.

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

Data: homeownership rates in Miami fell since 2011. 65% of households are cost-burdened. Renters spend 30%+ of income on housing. Households don’t have disposable income needed for food, health care, & transportation. Our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative helps clients increase purchasing power by reducing debt, improving credit, & making sound financial decisions to build wealth through homeownership. Counselors educate clients on grants & programs that keep mortgage payments affordable.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Over 70% of our clients are low-moderate income individuals. In the past fiscal year, as part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, our HomeOwnership Promotion program has educated 1,400 households through our Homebuyer Education classes. We have eduacted 150 clients through our Financial Fitness classes. Additionally, we assisted 320 households in achieving homeownership. These households will have the opportunity to enjoy the stability & benefits that homeownership can produce.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

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Education

ELEVATE. A day of Lifting your mind, body, spirit & social well-

BEING A BETTER PERSON - through what we eat, how we take care of ourselves, how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Many of us find some, most or all of these topics difficult to follow in our daily lives. Add the pressures of family, peers, ageing, economy & surroundings, and it often becomes overwhelming.

Our project provides much needed guidance, learning tools & services to assist this under-served and often... more »
Who are you?

UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA
The First & Only organization for the So. Fla. Latino|Hispanic|LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Community - advancing Equality & Fairness since 2002.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Self Esteem, Health & Wellness all directly affect how we treat ourselves and others around us. ELEVATE offers the tools to be a Better Person - to yourself, your mind, body, spirit & social well being.

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

Education

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 200, Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida has provided the South Florida community with programming, trainings & workshops - all geared at self improvement, awareness & growth within and with the Hispanic|Latino|LGBTQ community. ELEVATE is the natural next step... to bring many of these issues of Healthy Eating, Exercise, Spiritual growth, Taking leadership in your own health & well being, dating & social skill development, art & creativity - in partnership with local businesses & orgs.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida

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Civic Engagement

Power of Eight

This civic engagement project aims to create opportunities to connect eight individuals by inviting them to attend an event with food, conversation and networking in an intimate personal setting. Sharing experiences and professional networks will broaden individual community engagement using a small group format. There are four main goals of Power of Eight. Participants will have an opportunity to: (1) Connect with others... more »
Who are you?

I am exactly what the report denotes as a transplant from out of state, an immigrant, I am a working parent, I am a professional, I am a Miami Fellow, I am every woman. With all of that I still want to invest in my community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

While beautiful in its scenic nature, Miami Dade County, home to 35 incorporated cities, can be somewhat fragmented in its community structure and engagement. Today, communities can be disconnected, missing solutions with disjointed ideas and/or redundant structures. This project can bring together people to increase their knowledge about civic engagement and volunteer opportunities to leverage their time and talent as a group increasing the power of eight.

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

Specifically the project will address areas of volunteer rates and charitable contributions. As we gather to have these times to connect participants will share their experiences volunteering, networking and creating stronger connections.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Power of Eight is modeled after "Dinner for 12 Strangers" a UCLA tradition for more than 45 years. As a UCLA alum I participated and I remember how it brought brought alumni, faculty and students from all generations together to enjoy good food and great conversation. An award-winning program, Dinners for 12 Strangers is emulated by hundreds of universities.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Power of Eight

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