Urban Promise MiamiUrbanPromise Miami has been building the Path to Promise for the children and youth of Little Havana since 2010. Its mission is to equip children and youth of Miami with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

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UrbanPromise Miami seeks to build the Path to Promise through many initiatives. The AfterSchool Program provides children and youth with a safe environment to improve their academic performance and life skills through tutoring and educational enrichment programs. StreetLeaders provides youth with extensive training, tutoring, college preparation and one-to-one mentoring to help them succeed in and outside of the program.

UrbanPromise Miami also conducts several summer camps. The summer camps run for six weeks and provide up to 100 children with fun, educationally-based, and age-appropriate activities, including art, music, sports and recreation, bible study, life skills workshops, guest speakers, community service activities, and weekly field trips. Each camp has its own name. The original camp in Little Havana is named Camp COURAGE – Changing Others Using Respect and God’s Embrace.

UrbanPromise is unique in that it believes in caring for the “whole” child. It is one of the only community based after-school programs that offer free counseling and evaluative services on-site and during after-school hours. BARS (Bringing Awareness to Risky Situations) is a program specifically designed to bring awareness to youth within our programs about risky circumstances that may take them down a slippery slope into delinquency. The program aims to bring real-life exposure to the consequences of engaging in crime.

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  • About Little Havana/Miami

    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.

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