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Harlem Children's Zone President Geoffrey Canada was featured in the latest issue of Time Magazine as part of the Time Magazine 100. Click here to read the full article.

 

Washington DC    The House Appropriations Committee just released the Budget Resolution for FY 2011, which includes $30 million for Promise Neighborhoods. This allocation is triple the 2010 investment and represents the administration's commitment to building on individual, family and community strengths to equip the next generation to succeed from the cradle through college. This increased investment is welcomed by not only the 21 communities who received planning grants last year, but also by the dozens of other neighborhoods ready to compete for planning and implementation dollars in the coming months.

Miami Children's Initiative Calendar of Events May-June 2011
  

May 7, 2011      MCI Road to the Dream Family Festival at Olinda Park

MCI provides a family fun day at two parks in or near the initial target area. These events are designed to increase interest for the Community Family Meeting as well as gather feedback from participants.

May 14, 2011    MCI Community Family Meeting-Dare to Dream and Open House

The Community Family Meeting will formally introduce MCI to the children and families of Liberty City. This event will provide information and include activities for young children. Residents and community leaders will have an opportunity to tour the new offices.

May 31, 2011    MCI Government Agencies Provider Meet and Greet Work session

Government agencies will be reintroduced to MCI. This meeting will facilitate the development of the provider network with governmental agencies and initiate discussions on community collaboration within the MCI target area.

June 8-12, 2011 MCI Trip to the Harlem Kids Zone Practitioner's Institute

MCI Board Members and staff will attend two days of the Institute with the third day devoted observations and discussions relative to the implementation of the Baby College.

June 22, 2011   MCI and Community Providers Work Session 

This meeting, involving community based service providers, will expand  the development of the provider network and expand discussions on community collaboration within the MCI target area.

Miami Children's Initiative Update
  

Out of the 300 resumes reviewed by Executive Director, Renee Ward, Trina Brown was selected as Executive Coordinator for the Miami Children's Initiative. Brown has an Associate of Arts degree from Miami Dade College. Prior to joining MCI, she worked as Administrative Assistant to the District Manager of Toys R Us where she received numerous awards for excellence.

 

In March, Executive Director Renee Ward and Board Chairman Annie Neasman met with the CEO of the Children's Movement of Florida, David Lawrence. Meetings were also held with the CEO of The Children's Trust, Modesty Abeity and the CEO of The Early Learning Coalition, Evelio Torres. By partnering with The Children's Trust, MCI will soon be able to provide a parenting curriculum entitled The Incredible Years. This curriculum includes parenting education, teacher development education and child therapy components to heal, nurture and educate children. Board member, Dr. Cathia Darling and staff will attend training on The Incredible Years May 23-26.

In March, MCI made it's home on the 4th floor of the Joseph Caleb Center, located in the heart of Liberty City. The office will be operational by May 1.

Three local parents from Liberty City, Tomika Graham, Amy Lee and Shawonda Dean, have accepted to join the MCI Board of Directors.

Final approval of the 10 year Business Plan is expected this month. The business plan, based on the priorities identified in the community strategic plan, outlines program development and agency expansion over a ten year period. Submission of the Business Plan to DCF constitutes the final statutory deliverable for MCI.

MCI's Board of Trustees Recruitment Meeting was held on April 19. This event was held at the Miami Chamber of Commerce. This Board will be the fundraising entity of MCI and help drive MCI's mission, program funding, resource development and agency expansion.

Partnering efforts have begun with six area preschools, child protection units and the community based agency that services foster care placements. P.R.I.D.E. (Partners Responsible In the Development and Education) Institute plans to provide wrap-around integrated services to children birth to adulthood all the services needed to ensure that every child reaches their maximum potential and experiences success. All partnering agencies will be trained on the Harlem Children's Zone model and how it has been adapted to meet the varied needs of Liberty City. The first work group session was held on April 28. All local agencies serving the Liberty City area were encouraged to participate and meet pre-established standards set forth by the foundation. We have P.R.I.D.E. will be the marketing tagline for members of the institute.

The MCI Road to the Dream Family Festival will be May 7. This event will be held in Olinda Park to help promote the Community Family Meeting and Open House scheduled for May 14. The open house will introduce MCI to the children and families of Liberty City. This informative event will include activities for the kids and give residents and community leaders the opportunity to tour the new offices.

The MCI Governmental Agencies Provider Meet and Greet work session will be held on May 31. Government agencies will be reintroduced to MCI and asked to help facilitate the development of the provider network and initiate discussions on community collaboration within Liberty City.

June 8-12 the MCI Board of Directors and staff will attend the Harlem Children's Zone Practitioner's Institute. This visit will be an up-close look at this extremely successful initiative as well as observations and discussions relative to the implementation of the Baby College.

The MCI Other Community Providers Meet and Greet Work session will be held on June 22. This meeting, involving community based service providers, will expand the development of the provider network and expand discussions on community collaboration within Liberty City.

Parramore Kidz Zone Update  

 

Nivea Long, Jacqueline Murray, Dan Cross, Precious Jones and Nina White

Nivea Long, Jacqueline Murray, Dan Cross, Precious Jones and Nina White

PKZ is introducing fresh talent and proven national programs to the neighborhood to continue to address the holistic needs of the Parramore children and their families. The following new staff are improving existing programs and launching new initiatives in Parramore in collaboration with community partners.

 

Dr. Nina White (Early Learning Coalition of Orange County), Dr. Jennifer Porter-Smith (Nap Ford Community School) and Dr. Judith Levin (University of Central Florida, College of Education) to launch a "PKZ Baby Institute" in Parramore. Modeled after Harlem Children's Zone's "Baby College," the PKZ Baby Institute will work with young children (ages birth to five) and their parents with the goal of ensuring that all of Parramore's young children are "ready to learn" by the time they enter Kindergarten.

 

Back on Track is deploying Ms. Jacqueline Murray full time to Parramore to develop and implement a comprehensive youth employment program in the neighborhood. Ms. Murray aims to obtain employment for 70 Parramore youth, ages 15 -24, over the

coming year.

 

PKZ programs including Orlando Downtown Recreation Center's Teenz Shack, PKZ's youth advisory council (TOP-Teenz of Parramore), and others such as youth field trips, community service projects, and street outreach are now managed by Ms. Precious Jones, with assistance from Ms. Nivea Long.

 

Dan Cross (Athlete Connections) and the City of Orlando Recreation Division are bringing youth athletic programs to PKZ which began with the most recent Jr. Magic basketball season. Additional programs include: Boys and Girls AAU Teams,Youth Tackle Football, Blacktop Basketball,Spring Basketball Clinics. 

 

PKZ Annual Evaluation Report 2009-2010

The PKZ Annual Evaluation Report includes trends specific to Parramore and Orlando juvenile arrests from 2006 to 2009. The number of Parramore arrests continually decreased from 2006 to 2009 (96 arrests to 19 arrests, respectively), resulting in an 80.2 percent decrease. Similarly, City of Orlando arrests steadily decreased from 2006 to 2009 (421 arrests to 178 arrests, respectively), resulting in a 57.7 decrease.  

In 2006, Parramore arrests accounted for 22.8 percent of Orlando arrests, but in 2009 Parramore arrests accounted for only 10.7 percent of arrests. 

click here to read more of the PKZ Annual Evaluation Report.

Since 2006 Parramore Kidz Zone has served over 2500 children.