The Miami Children's Initiative is inspired by the Harlem Children's Zone. It is a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market. The goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults, a counterweight to "the street" and a toxic popular culture that glorifies misogyny and anti-social behavior. The Miami Children's Initiative is new but is already working with 100 families, expanding on a block by block basis. The purpose of this data is to begin to set the stage for measuring the long term results of this work. We expect to be able to measure economic and demographic impacts in the Liberty City neighborhood, but also to compare trends there vs. other neighborhoods of Miami-Dade. The data reported here has been made possible by work in Overtown and in Baltimore using a national database of "Urban Key Measures" and a model for measuring the "Cost of Poverty". If it would be helpful to either you or Mr. Canada, the census information shown here could be prepared for the Harlem Children's Zone. Funding for the original work was provided by Enterprise Foundation, by the Rockefeller Foundation, and by a private donor (RSM).
This data was developed in anticipation of the Febuary 9 celebration in Liberty City. Please consider it to be prelmiinary until we've had a good chance for proofreading. (updated 12/ 5/13 11:15)