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.