Economy

Preserving Haitian Identity through Economic Security

NE2P’s proposal is to further support our capabilities to execute the Business Improvement District (BID) process for Little Haiti (LH) in Miami, Florida, ultimately securing a BID for the area leading to increased economic growth, artistic environment, and local civic engagement.

Miami has the largest Haitian population outside of Haiti, and LH is the only US neighborhood identified as a Haitian ethnic enclave. Using... more »
Who are you?

NE2P is composed of diverse stakeholders interested in the revitalization of “Downtown Little Haiti” of Miami through creating and sustaining a vibrant commercial center, which increases economic opportunities and forges the area's cultural identity.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Via a BID, we will secure funds to address enhancements - lighting, sanitation, pedestrian safety - that will propel it as a cultural destination in Miami. Most immediately, this will increase pedestrian traffic which translates into increased economic opportunities. We will further develop underlying strategies for urban development that is sustainable and community-oriented, keeping Little Haiti with the mix of people that make it a unique Haitian experience in the heart of Miami.

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

Via a BID, Little Haiti will have funds to improve the area propelling it as another environment rich in unique art and cultural experiences that retain a Haitian flair. This will expose residents to a beautified and culturally enriched community. Paralleling this will be increased economic opportunities to accommodate increased pedestrian and tourist traffic. Last, with a BID, we can increase community engagement and bring our diverse participants together to shape our neighborhood.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Without funding NE2P has already begun the initial steps necessary to seek a BID. This has included researching the step-by-step process for a BID, tracing the history of the neighborhood, collaborating with individuals central to the successful Wynwood BID, and sketching out a timeline. Funds are necessary to actually execute the BID process. Continued examples of success will be: completion of needed databases, marketing campaigns, town hall meetings, and actual voting.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P)

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Civic Engagement

Voting App

Lack of information and limited understanding is one of the critical factors that is often sited by voters as their reason for not voting. We’d like to prototype a county-specific voter app that at minimum:
1) Clearly and objectively translates what’s on the ballot from legal jargon to a clear, simple, unbiased question
2) Provides links to voting recommendations (or endorsements) from several varied local organizations... more »
Who are you?

Co-founder and Creative Interventions + Implementations Lead for Urban Impact Lab. UI Lab's mission is to design urban experiences that cultivated civic innovation. To date, we have worked on various projects & initiatives to make Miami amazing.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

It focuses directly on impacting civic and community engagement. Voter turnout has declined steadily in Miami, especially on non-presidential years. Local elections have the most direct affect on citizens, but these elections record ever decreasing voter turnout numbers. Lack of awareness and/or information on the candidates and the issues continues to be listed as a major factor.

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

The data point this project hopes to address is the "voter participation rate".

Voter participation in Miami-Dade County was barely over 40% this year. Whereas in comparison, voter turnout in 2012 was at 67%.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We would use metrics that capture:
- Count of amount of downloads of the app
- Tracking of citizen engagement metrics ie. how many times the information on the app is shared
- Page views within the app.
- Amount of time spent in the app

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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Health & Safety

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet.... more »
Who are you?

Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Food insecurity (not knowing where you will get your next meal), caused by low wages and little access to healthy food, is a significant barrier that prevents so many from living, working and thriving in Florida. According to Children’s Health Watch, food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and higher obesity rates among children. For older adults, food insecurity is tied to increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, and memory loss.

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

Feeding South Florida Mobile Food Pantry addresses the Our Miami Report Health and Safety Goals 2 and 3. In particular, the 23.9% of the population of Miami that is considered obese, the heart disease death rate of 352.4 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above, and the stroke death rate of 60.3 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above all have direct links to the access members of our community have to healthy food options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each week, FSF and Glory Temple Ministries, located in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, host a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP). Hundreds of families in need receive fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market style distribution. Individuals have the option to choose the items they like with the same dignity as shopping in a regular open-air market, rather than receiving donated items that they may not use. Each week, an average of 16,842 pounds of food are distributed through this MFP.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Feeding South Florida

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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 »
Who are you?

Experience Enterprises is a youth led project of The 5th, Inc. The 5th is a youth motivational and educational group which focuses on getting youth exposed to various scenarios to help them discover, develop, and grow in their purpose in life.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The creation of these monthly events and workshops will serve as a unifying tool to bring the inner-city community together. Youth are targeted because they are often overlooked to engage in community events and they are the next generation of leaders. The events will not only serve as opportunities to earn community service hours, but also educate them on the importance of giving back and being aware of social issues. This project is designed to help spark excitement about civic engagement.

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

The report states that "early participation in volunteer activities promotes lifelong civic involvement." Because our projects are youth led, we believe youth will be more responsive to be involved before they reach age 25. The report also states "young adults in Miami-Dade volunteer at a lower rate than other major metros." With this project of promoting community service combined with a fun event and educational workshops, we hope to improve our county's percentage from what's current.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We put on Open Mic events to involve youth and bring awareness to social causes by partnering with Krave Art, PATH Hip Hop Program. We've partnered with The Opa Locka Community Development Corporation to participate in their Art of Transformation block festival where we showcased youth talent and spoke on the importance of being involved. We have also done workshops, sessions, and volunteered with Youth for Christ, First Priority, and the Casimiro Global Foundation.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The 5th, Inc.

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Arts & Culture

The Girls Choir of Miami (Girl Power)

Girl Power’s Girls’ Choir of Miami strives to provide opportunities for girls from all backgrounds to participate in a year round quality music education program created with the unique needs of girls in mind. As emerging vocalists, choir members are able to gain valuable performance experience, vocal and stage-presence, mentorship, coaching, and participate in leadership & personal development workshops, etiquette and... more »
Who are you?

Girl Power, a 501©3 non-profit launched in 2000, is an organization of positive social change just for girls ages 11 – 17 helping to combat the growing rate of crime, poverty and illiteracy that is prevalent in inner-city and underserved communities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Girls Choir of Miami auditions and recruits young girls from within the Girl Power social programs as well as talented girls from the community and develops and nurtures their talents. The Choir puts on special occasion concerts and is also asked to perform at cultural events throughout South Florida. The Choir has been instrumental in not only contributing greatly to the SF Arts & Culture community but in positively impacting the lives of inner city girls.

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

The Girls Choir of Miami is a vibrant artistic and cultural institution which enriches the lives of all residents. The Choir lures residents to cultural events and contributes in raising significant dollars for Girl Power and their partners and sponsors.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Girls who have joined the Girls Choir of Miami have landed roles in musicals, chosen to attend schools with strong arts and performance programs, improved their academic records and curtailed negative behaviors. The Choir has become a beacon of light for the inner city girls who have joined. The Choir itself has drawn hundreds of attendees at several performances throughout South Florida and gained a core following for their annual holiday performance.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Girl Power

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Civic Engagement

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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Economy

popSTART

popSTART is a not-for-profit initiative of the Global Shapers Community: Miami Hub which aims to help small independently owned businesses by connecting them with strategic resources throughout the local community.

Who are you?

We are Global Shapers: Miami Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Our organization consists of 22 young professionals all focused on improving the city of Miami, targeting the areas of Education, Entrepreneurship and Technology.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

We believe that small business, such as mom-and-pop, stores, help not only maintain the culture and identity of Miami, but also provide significant economic growth. However, small businesses often struggle surviving amidst the ever-changing economy. We seek to identify those struggling small businesses and connect them with the resources they will need to survive and compete in Miami's markets.

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

Our project looks to increase the percentages of small business formation. We believe that we can help these . Furthermore, some of these small business may also look to expand into a mid-sized firm/business. By providing them with the necessary tools and resources to execute that expansion, our project brings substantial value to the table.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have reached out to organizations such as Accion (based in NYC) and TechTown (based in Detroit), which both have a similar business model and achieved significant success in bringing aid to small business. We plan to execute a similar project model as these organizations to help Miami's small businesses address their various needs.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Global Shapers

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Health & Safety

CPR Anytime™ Training in Miami-Dade County Schools

Teaching and empowering students to perform CPR is the ideal way to create the next generation of lifesavers. This project would teach and promote bystander CPR to students in Miami-Dade County Schools. Bystander response rates increase when people feel they are equipped to help and feel comfortable to step in. Interestingly, youth are excellent candidates for CPR training as they demonstrate a "no-fear" approach to... more »
Who are you?

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary health agency whose efforts at the local, state, and national level are dedicated to combating heart disease and stroke.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

One reason that only 10% of cardiac arrest victims survive today is because most people who witness a cardiac arrest have never been taught CPR. Over 80 percent of out-of-hospital (OOH) cardiac arrests today occur at home, and just 40 percent of OOH cardiac arrest victims ever receive bystander CPR. Yet, evidence shows that bystander CPR initiated promptly can double or even triple the chance of survival for OOH cardiac arrest victims.

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

Miami’s quality of life depends heavily on the well-being and safety of its residents. The objective of this project is to lower the mortality rate from cardiac arrest by increasing the bystander CPR rate for citizens in Miami-Dade. Increasing the number of individuals who know bystander CPR is key to enhancing the chain of survival. Multicultural audiences are over 30 percent less likely to receive CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Thanks to the AHA’s CPR trainings, numerous lives continue to be saved. Vito saved a life just days after receiving his CPR training. Vito was on a trip when a woman stopped breathing. He administered CPR, and she began breathing again. A grandmother was able to save her granddaughters life thanks to CPR training. She saw her face was pale and she was struggling to breathe. She immediately began CPR, and the baby soon began crying.

Organization Name (or individuals name) American Heart Association-Miami

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Transportation

Better Streets Prototype

Using the design standards for the concept of Complete Streets (essentially, streets that, in the appropriate context, are designed to safely and comfortably accommodate all users), we seek to create a demonstration project that effectively transforms an existing street into a Complete Street.

This will be done in partnership with a local municipality. The City of Miami has expressed an interest in supporting such... 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?

Better Streets Prototypes would provide a useful tool for municipal and county governments to take action, in cost-effective ways to address existing concerns, make decisions in a more nimble manner, and find the best ways to make our streets more walkable, bikeable and safe.

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

Datapoints: % of people walking or biking to work, % of population with walkable/bikable access to park.

This project would impact the Foundation's goal/metric of becoming more pedestrian and bike friendly.

Please give examples of your project's success.
  1. A quick shift into implementing the Complete Streets resolutions that have already been adopted.

  2. Greater understanding of the benefits and principles behind the concept.

  3. Greater advocacy from community and support from elected officials in prioritizing the implementation of such policies.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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Arts & Culture

The Collective

One main characteristic of some of the world’s most vibrant regions like New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong have in common is that its artists and street culture have played an integral role in its economic development and revitalization efforts.

Designed to expand and challenge external perceptions of Miami’s accessibility to urban culture, The Collective is a monthly series of public street dance competitions created... more »
Who are you?

The Collective is an event hosted by a group of like-minded Miami based organizations who work within the medium of hip hop to develop and create programs that engage and support young emerging artists in the communities in which we work and live

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

For dancers who utilize hip hop dance as an art form, participation in competitions is essential to remaining competitive on a national level. By providing a safe and accessible environment for young extraordinary artist to test and master their craft, it showcases an environment rich in the arts and demonstrates Miami’s dedication to providing cultural enrichment opportunities for all art forms.

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

The Collective addresses the idea that early participation in the arts encourages lifelong interest in cultural pursuits. As a regional attraction, The Collective promotes the participation of all ages and utilizes the art of hip hop to connect emerging arts enthusiasts to the power of the arts. As an ongoing event,The Collective has the ability to garner national exposure as it lures both tourist and local spectators looking to participate, learn and/or support this global art form.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Founded in 1992, Rennie Harris Puremovement’s (RHPM) is the first professional hip hop dance company in the world. In a society where hip hop is often inaccurately portrayed as an undisciplined counterculture, RHPM deconstructs this popular perception by expanding and challenging the boundaries of hip hop’s popular definitions. As hip hop continues to be the chosen language of youth expression, RHPM works to honor its history, explore its ideas, and further its contributions to our society.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Rennie Harris Puremovement Projects

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Arts & Culture

Intelligent Systems

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INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS is a full-length multimedia opera composed and created by Carson Kievman, the Artistic Director of SoBe Institute of the Arts, a non-profit arts organization located in South Beach. This innovative work features a 15-piece ensemble performing in conjunction with projected, animated film images complemented with meticulous costume construction and mechanical stage and lighting effects.

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Who are you?

SoBe Institute of the Arts is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting excellence, innovation, and accessibility of the arts through professional performance events and conservatory-level music and theater education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS will not only increase Miami's creative momentum in its artistic and cultural landscape, but also engage local artists to expand their artistic palettes. The multimedia opera is expected to attract national visitors with its one-of-a-kind use of music, theater, and visual art alongside the exploration of critical issues of the day.

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

The innovative blend of artistic means used in the multimedia opera, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, will contribute to the creative arts community in Miami by attracting new talent and audiences to the region, resulting in an economic boost for the city and its local businesses.

Miami's local community will also have a newfound access to the arts with the production's affordable ticket prices. Through the experience of this production, we hope to inspire students to participate in the arts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

SoBe Institute of the Arts recently produced the world premiere of "Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman", whose innovative multimedia approach received local and national praise and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music. With funding from the Accelerator Grant, we can significantly enhance production values and include more outreach to engage new audiences.

Organization Name (or individuals name) SoBe Institute of the Arts

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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 »
Who are you?

Director of Advocacy, CIL of South Florida. Former Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice, 1993-2005.
CILSF serves a cross-disability population, and seeks to enhance voluntary compliance with federal civil rights.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Restaurants are often faced with the decision of whether to allow a customer to enter while accompanied by a dog, and are required by federal law to allow cutomers with disabilities to be accompanied by a service dog. There id often great confusion about what a service dog is, and what questions the restaurant may lawfully ask. This project proposes to train restaurants and users of service dogs about the law, to help alleviate confusion and tension.

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

Integration of underserved populations.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The CIL of South Flroida has trained restaurant owners and users of service dogs about the ADA, resulting in better relationsships and compliance with the ADA. We have also taught users of service dogs about their rights, and diminished the need for litigation. We have also worked with city officials and health department oficials about the rights and obligations set forth in the ADA concerning service dogs. Thsi project is intended to increase cooperation and compliance.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Center for Independent Living of South Florida

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Environment & Public Space

Family Programs at Fairchild

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers several innovative programs to engage children, families and the community in the exploration of the world of tropical plants and ecosystems. These fun, interdisciplinary, and interactive experiences focus on a diversity of themes including edible gardening, plant and pollinator relationships, biodiversity as well as habitat and resource conservation in South Florida and beyond!... more »
Who are you?

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Family programs educate children and families about the importance of local plants and ecosystems, and their role in conservation and sustainability. Engaging children in a positive experience in nature is a crucial step to making Miami a more sustainable urban environment. While planting an edible garden, making a recycled craft, providing habitat for pollinators, or meeting a real scientist, these programs provide tools, instruction and inspiration to apply in their homes.

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

Family programs at Fairchild will directly advance environmentally sustainable practices in Miami-Dade. Designed to educate and inspire families to recognize the importance of local ecosystems and their direct impact on conservation and sustainability, programs offer hands-on activities in recycling, gardening and promoting native ecosystems. Families leave with an improved appreciation for sustainable practices.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Family Programs at Fairchild are offered to 45,000 members and 300,000 visitors on an annual basis. Since this program began in September 2014, approximately 200 South Florida families have participated on a monthly basis, with an increasing number of repeat participants. Verbal feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and demand for additional programming is evident. A written survey is under development to formally incorporate feedback into future expansion.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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