Bill Clinton in his Element
Watching Bill Clinton stroll through a public housing project in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood, it would be easy for the average passerby to forget the former president's most recent days of campaigning are years behind him.
Clinton was in his element, sporting a tucked in, pale blue Clinton Global Initiative t-shirt and fire red tennis shoes. Flanked by people, the former president took too many selfies to count, asked questions of most every person and laughed when people shouted, "What's going on Bill?" from their windows.
Clinton was in Miami for the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting, a gathering of more than 1,000 overachieving millennials with philanthropic projects to pitch the foundation. Sunday's visit to Liberty City, an impoverished, primarily African-American neighborhood of Miami, was the meeting's final event -- a day of service with the Miami Children's Initiative.
Clinton walked through the eight-block neighborhood as hundreds of CGI volunteers painted basketball courts, fixed gym equipment and planted vegetables.To read the rest of the article,visit: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/08/politics/bill-clinton-2016-campaigning/index.html
The Liberty City Renaissance- OneUnited Mural Project
OneUnited Mural Project brings together OneUnited Bank and the Miami Children's Initiative for a public art works, youth development, community beautification program providing art enrichment through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning.
The OneUnited Mural Project is a project-based apprenticeship for Liberty City youth. This spring, a select cohort of 21 teens worked with established, local artist and muralist Addonis Parker who is creating a public work of art utilizing the OneUnited Bank building located at Northwest 79th Street, Liberty City, Miami, as the canvas.
The OneUnited Mural, "Thunder and Enlightening," by Addonis Parker will be unveiled in a public ceremony on July 11th, 2015 at 5:00 PM at OneUnited Bank, 3275 NW 79th St. Miami, FL. With the Liberty City Renaissance initiative, OneUnited not only supports community development through their financial services but, brings pride, hope and the arts to youth and the community.
Opera Grows in Liberty City
Opera Grows in Liberty City is the most recent component incorporated into the Miami Children's Initiative (MCI) Liberty City Renaissance project. As part of MCI's community beautification and cultural enrichment, Liberty City Renaissance has brought together Orchestra Miami and African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) to provide children ages 5 and up with a unique and engaging after-school enrichment program and performance experience. The program ran 5 days a week, 4 hours a day, including 1.5 hours of tutoring/homework help and 2 hours of classes in performing arts: dance, drawing, theater, creative design, chorus, percussion, music theory, and mask making. As a culminating project, students from Liberty City performed with a live orchestra, professional and amateur opera singers in a full production of Noah's Flood at Miami Northwestern High School.
MCI is launching its Teen Employment Program this summer for teens living in MCI's Impact Zone in Liberty City. This summer, youth ages 14 to 18 have the opportunity to participate in MCI's 5-week summer program. MCI will kick off the summer with an intensive 1-week training program that will address both personal and professional development. It will include mental toughness, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills and self-esteem as well as a professional component to address office etiquette and skills in order to prepare the teens for their internship placements. Once the teens complete this initial training, they will then be placed in a paid 4-week internship at either MCI or another organization within the network. While they are working within these organizations, they will be regularly evaluated and given feedback on their performance.
Additionally, teens face many challenges in their day-to-day lives and can greatly benefit from a dedicated time to focus on themselves, their self worth and areas for improvement. They also need a safe space to share, connect and support one another. MCI will be building upon the summer training program and continue to facilitate the personal growth of the teens in the Impact Zone by hosting a workshop series throughout the year.