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Saturday, April 11 • 9:00am - 10:25am
SA9.00.09 Overtown: Increasing Collaboration to Advance Urban Community Development Goals

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This session will focus on the successful elements, future outlook and inhibiting factors of one collaborative, the Overtown Children and Youth Coalition (OCYC), whose vision is, “Overtown a community where all children and youth thrive.” Once considered the Harlem of the South, the Historic Black community of Overtown, Miami has been severely impacted by many of the issues concerning urban communities such as poverty, violence, crime, school failure, delinquency, victimization, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy. Previous attempts of human service agencies to battle these issues individually and a systematic lack of community disinvestment led to frustration and only small gains. Now at the precipice of transformational community change, the Overtown community will see over 2 billion dollars in economic investment over the next 5 years. As a result, the OCYC has worked to increase legitimacy and collaborative efforts to elevate the conversation around the cross-sector collective action and financial investment in youth development needed to increase positive outcomes for the community’s youth. In recent years, the OCYC has experienced success with gaining policy support from the area’s community redevelopment agency, increasing collaboration among anchoring community based organizations, and working more strategically with other service organizations, schools and higher education institutions. The session will offer perspectives from the philanthropic sector, academia, and community based organizations grounded in the historical context of Black Miami’s plight to advance urban community development goals in Overtown.


Marvin Dunn

Roots in the City
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Tisa McGhee

Assistant Professor, Barry University School of Social Work

Miguel Milanes

Regional Vice President, Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Miguel joined Allegany Franciscan Ministries, a Catholic grantmaker, in 2003; he directs the organization’s grantmaking and community engagement efforts in Miami-Dade County.Miguel has dedicated his career to helping society’s most vulnerable citizens. Before joining Allegany... Read More →
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Saliha Nelson

Vice President, Urgent, Inc.
Saliha Nelson is an experienced non-profit executive and agent for social change specializing in strength-based approaches with low-income urban youth, youth participatory action research and forming cross-sector coalitions that engage in systems-level change. Ms. Nelson currently... Read More →

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Tisa McGhee

Assistant Professor, Barry University School of Social Work

Saturday April 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
Michelangelo (2nd floor)