About Little Havana/Miami

In 2009, Miami City, the principal city within Miami-Dade County, was home to 433,143 individuals, a majority of which was Hispanic/Latino (68.5%). Miami-Dade County was home to 2.5 million residents, of which 62.5% were Hispanic/Latino. Below are some key demographic statistics about Miami:

Urban Promise Miami Income and Poverty 
In 2009, the median household income was $28,999 with 20.5% of families living below the federal poverty level (37.2% of children under 18 were living below the poverty level). Some Miami neighborhoods including Wynwood, Overtown and Little Haiti, have significantly lower median incomes (35-52% less than Miami’s median household income).

Educational Attainment 
Over 31% of Miami residents ages 25 and older did not receive a high school diploma. Take into consideration individuals ages 18 to 25 who will not complete schooling and this number would be significantly higher. In 2010, the graduation rate in Miami-Dade County was 72%, while an increase over prior years, is still considerably poor.

In 2009, 69.4% of Miami residents spoke Spanish at home. Of those, 40.7% speak English less than very well.

UPM-3These statistics just begin to tell the story about Miami’s lowest level of civic engagement among major cities in the United States. Civic engagement includes acts of voting and other political participation as well as volunteering and donating to charity. But according to the recent report, A Tale of Two Cities, income and educational attainment do not tell the full story. Instead, these factors combined with civic values that focus more on the electoral process (Miami has higher than expected rates of voting and discussion of politics) to the exclusion of the other forms of civic engagement results in this lowest level of engagement. Weak community institutions – both the elected government and the nonprofit sector – also exemplify this. Only 24% of survey respondents said they could trust the government at least most of the time, and only 21% thought city leadership was at least good. Also, the nonprofit sector in Miami is considerably weak, in both the number and the support received, compared to other major cities. These factors combined exemplify the poor civic engagement in Miami.

To change this pattern, UrbanPromise Miami believes it starts with the new generation of young people, who through the proper academic, emotional, social and spiritual nutrition; they can improve these negative statistics and affect positive change in their communities. The founders of UrbanPromise Miami identified a model that has shown to be successful in Camden, NJ and through replication of this model in Miami, hope to see the change that they seek in the city in which they call home.

Urban Promise-Building Cities of Promise One Child at a Time!

If there is any question in your mind about how special the outreach ministries are that you are supporting through EAPE, then you  should go to the Cuban neighborhood in Miami, Florida, and see firsthand what God is doing. You will see how two young and  dynamic women have been raised up to start a program that daily impacts the lives of more than 200 inner-city children with a spiritually-centered after-school program. Having seen on a television special the work that EAPE initiated in Camden, New Jersey, these young women decided to replicate that program for the children in their neighborhood. One of them, Ana Ojeda, left her  position as a professional psychologist in order to dedicate herself full-time to this new program. She has been joined by Kristy Nunez who takes time out each week from her work as a lawyer so that she can work along with Ana in this highly effective ministry.

In addition, Ana and Kristy, along with high school students whom they have carefully trained, bring together large numbers of boys  and girls to play games, enjoy cultural enrichment programs, improve their reading skills, and most importantly—to understand God’s love for them.

In March I visited this new program in Miami, Florida, and talked to some of the boys and girls in the program. A ten-year-old girl  named Rose said to me, “My parents took me to church so I knew that there was a God, but I didn’t know how Jesus could be my  Friend until I started coming to Urban Promise.”

I promised Ana and Kristy that I would do my best to undergird what they are doing with financial support from EAPE. This will  require us to do more than we budgeted to do this year. That’s why I am asking you to dig deeper into your pockets and give all that  you can so that this work, along with all the other ministries that EAPE supports, can have the resources needed to love people—and especially kids—into God’s Kingdom. So give graciously, invest heavily in what God is doing through EAPE.

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