Liberty City residents are invited to review the draft Strategic Community Plan for the Miami Children's Initiative at either of two community meetings scheduled for this month.
The Miami Children's Initiative is a community enhancement project modeled after the nationally recognized Harlem Children's Zone. The Miami-Dade County Commission is coordinating this project with support from the Department of Children and Families and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.
Community leaders and residents have been meeting since March 2009 to identify the specific needs and strengths of the Liberty City community including: community safety, adult education, health and wellness, youth support and employment. A draft of the Strategic Community Plan, developed with input from the local workgroups, will be presented to Liberty City residents during two scheduled meetings.
The first meeting takes place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue. The second meeting takes place on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center, located at 5400 NW 22nd Avenue. All Liberty City residents are encouraged to come out, review the plan and take this final opportunity to provide additional input to shape the Miami Children's Initiative.
Once the Strategic Community Plan is adopted, the Miami Children's Initiative will be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and will put the plan into action over a 10-year period.
Winifred P. Heggins, MSW
Vice President & Director of Programs
The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida