|NAMI Miami-Dade County (NAMI Miami), will receive
$100,000* + Pro-Bono Expert Support from our Partners over a 3-year period.(*As a result, NAMI Miami also received a matching grant from a significant local donor)
Although North Miami-Dade is just a few miles away from the county center, it suffers from persistent poverty and unemployment, with 45% living below the poverty line in some areas. OLCDC has a holistic model of wraparound services that is transforming North Miami-Dade communities into vibrant neighborhoods by improving access to health, education, employment, art, safety and affordable housing, for over 5,000 people annually.
As part of their model, OLCDC wants to expand upon their current technology education offerings and create a Tech Hire Center.Offering industry-certified training programs in IT fields such as cybersecurity, network administration, coding and project management, the Tech Hire Center will provide the training, experience and support necessary for residents to access jobs in the IT field, putting them on a pathway to middle class lives.
For more about the OLCDC’s holistic vision, view this Video.
Grassroots organizations made up of low-income people of color tend to be left out of spaces where decisions that most deeply impact their lives are made. As a result, unjust outcomes or ineffectual solutions are created that do little to address the root causes of the economic and political disenfranchisement of these communities.
The Community Justice Project (CJP) was founded in 2015 to support and build the power of grassroots organizations led by low-income communities of color in South Florida. Through their innovative legal work and internationally recognized approach of lawyering alongside community organizers, CJP has won landmark cases and catalyzed policies that promote racial justice and human rights locally. The CJP team is creative and nimble in order to respond in a tailored fashion to the needs of their community partners – employing tactics ranging from litigation and human rights advocacy to design-thinking and poetry workshops.
CJP seeks to scale its impact locally in South Florida, as well as nationally/internationally to shift the legal field towards supporting grassroots movements. SVP Miami will assist CJP in their scaling efforts in areas such as impact measurement and evaluation, fund development, communications and financial planning.
“We step beyond the traditional bounds of legal work to tap into a growing ecosystem of cultural workers, artists/designers, technologists and social entrepreneurs in Miami,” say CJP Co-Founders, Meena Jagannath and Alana Greer. “Our strong ties with groups working in low-income communities of color and our active engagement with the evolving creative and professional sectors uniquely situate us to act as a bridge builder and resource partner to community groups that are often left on the margins of conversations on the future of Miami. We look forward to working with SVP Miami to find ways to better measure our holistic impact and develop the resources needed to elevate our work.”
We’re thrilled to be working with you and your team, Meena and Alana! We’re excited to see what potential is unlocked as we partner with you.
To learn more about CJP’s innovative work, click HERE for a brief video .
Social Venture Partners Miami is part of a global network of 3,500+ venture philanthropists in over 40 cities, who have collectively contributed more than $63 Million to 840+ social ventures. SVP goes beyond philanthropy, beyond just giving money. SVP Partners leverage their funds, expertise and connections to strengthen social ventures and solve the biggest challenges facing their local communities.
It’s a venture capitalist approach with social returns as the goal.
Register for our free, confidential, and safe Family to Family educational program for family, friends, and caregivers of people living with mental illness here. More details coming soon!