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Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust’s mission is to ensure the equitable participation of Blacks in Miami-Dade County's economic growth through advocacy and monitoring of economic conditions and economic development initiatives in Miami-Dade County.

Prosperous neighborhoods are made of citizens that have equal access to the necessities that can assist them with changing their current condition and begin creating a better quality of life.

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Black Girls CODE - Summer of Code

In an effort to continue educating young girls in Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs), Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy (MDEAT) is sponsoring in partnership with Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center a series of technology workshops organized by Black Girls CODE.

Want to get involved?

Be part of one of MDEAT’s Action Committees.PDFGive your opinion and feedback on what is currently happening in the community, and assist in coming up with recommended actions to help our community. Action Committees meet once a month.

2nd Breakfast to be held in the Little Haiti/Edgewater area on July 10th

The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT)’s Economic Development Action Committee presented its Third Annual Business Breakfast SeriesPDF. The second breakfast will take place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at  Bahamian Connection Restaurant, 4400 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 . Special guest speakers included: Althea Harris from Small Business Administration, Cornell Crews Jr., Partners for Self Employment, Inc. Director, and Leroy Jones, Executive Director of Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Inc.

The topic of discussion is Lending Possibilities for Small Businesses. In keeping with the commitment as a community advocate, MDEAT’s Economic Development Action Committee  works with the Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs) in Miami-Dade County and gathers small businesses to network and explore opportunities in TUAs.

MDEAT's Economic Development Action Committee serves as the community's vehicle to express concerns about economic development projects and events. The Economic Development Action Committee meets monthly at designated meeting sites to address citizens' issues.  We invite the community to be part of the Committee meetings. Please check our calendar for meeting schedules.

Teen Court Program Hosts Annual Courtroom Youth Attorney Training and Mock Trial Competition 2014

Miami-Dade County Teen Court Program (M-DCTC), under the administrative leadership of Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), will train a new wave of high school lawyers, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors during its annual summer Youth Volunteer Attorney Training Program and Mock Trial CompetitionPDF. The three day training is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30th, Thursday, July 31st, and Friday, August 1st from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas University Law School, 16401 NW 37 Avenue, Moot Courtroom.

Middle and high school students will receive a formal training for courtroom trials sanctioned by the program’s volunteer training guidelines. These sessions educate and train youth volunteers in the many facets of the judicial process. Volunteer attorneys will mentor youth in becoming defense and prosecuting attorneys, jurors, and court officers in the areas of law terminology and courtroom decorum. Students will be able to participate in a Mock Trial Competition that will be held on Friday, August 1st. Participants will receive 24 hours of community service credit for attending the 3 day classroom training sessions

Youth Intern Partnership Initiative (YIPI)

As the summer break begins for high school students, a few fortunate teens will experience the benefits of employment with Miami-Dade County this summer. Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) is matching several youth from the Miami-Dade County Teen Court program with local businesses to help address the growing unemployment rate among the county’s teen population.

MDEAT’s Youth Intern Partnership Initiative is a six-week job program supported by the Youth Action Committee (YAC), for teens who volunteer with Miami-Dade County Teen Court. Several teen court volunteers have been paired with local small businesses throughout Miami-Dade County to work part-time over the course of the summer. The teens will become Miami-Dade County employees and earn the prevailing minimum wage rate as well as invaluable work experience and money management skills.

As the economy faces this global downturn, it becomes more essential for younger Americans to acquire occupational skills and training, affording them a better chance to seize future opportunities in the labor market. MDEAT’s YAC wanted to assure that some teens in Miami-Dade County would have an opportunity to be employed and exposed to the job market.

On Monday, June 16, 2014, MDEAT will hold a kick-off ceremony in Liberty City sponsored by BAC Funding Corporation.  The companies and the teens that are participating will be in attendance. On Tuesday, June 17th, the teens will start their first day on the job.

Follow-up to the Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference Series: OK2TALK Sessions

Community Action and Human Services Department partnered with Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) and some other agencies to present a series of Town Hall Sessions concerning mental health.  Areas that are covered include education, emotional health, community, and family engagement.

Economic Development Action Committee Presents Its Third Annual Business Breakfast Series Kicking off the Breakfast Series in South Dade County

The Third Annual Business Breakfast Series main topic of discussion was Lending Possibilities for Small Businesses.  In keeping with the commitment as a community advocate, MDEAT’s Economic Development Action Committee  works with the Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs) in Miami-Dade County and gathers small businesses to network and explore opportunities in TUAs.

Empowering the Village to Serve Black Male Youth: Black Male Youth Mental Health Series

The goal of this conference was to provide mental health professionals with information on best practices that will equip them with tools to produce positive outcomes in the lives of black male youth. Focus areas included: education, emotional health, community, and family engagement.

2nd Annual MLK Business Expo

The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) and the West Perrine CDC recently hosted The Second Annual MLK Business EXPO in partnership with Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade, Inc; Neighbors and Neighbors Association; Partners for Self-Employment; and Unique Coalition of Minority Business of South Dade, Inc. at the Palmetto Bay Village Center.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT)’s Teen Court program recently launched a youth entrepreneurship workshop series to help address the high unemployment rate among teens in the County’s Target Urban Areas (TUAs).

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Partners with Black Girls CODE to teach Inner City Girls How to Build a Website

The first computer coding workshop, “Building A Webpage in a Day” took place on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, in Liberty City.  The workshop was sold out. Girls from the age of 7 to 17 participated in this stimulating workshop.

Unveiling of Miami-Dade CityDNA

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) unveiled the Miami-Dade CityDNA on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Main Library, Miami-Dade CityDNA is a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) that provides demographic, statistical and visualization data of neighborhoods across Miami-Dade County.

MDEAT unveiled the Miami-Dade CityDNA, a neighborhood demographic finder

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) unveiled the Miami-Dade CityDNA on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Miami-Dade Main Library. Dr. Ned Murray, Associate Director, FIU Metropolitan Center presented on CityDNA information and trends that apply to our County. Mary Lee Widener, Founder and Vice Chair, Social Compact Board of Director presented on Social Compact and its applications, as well as, Brett McCarthy, Director of Research, Social Compact who went into the application and showed how it could be used.

Miami-Dade CityDNA is a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) that provides demographic, statistical and visualization data of neighborhoods across Miami-Dade County. MDEAT commissioned Social Compact to implement this system in Miami-Dade County in order to create a tool that allows business owners, consultants, academia, public employees, community activists, and others to obtain data such as income, population, and other demographics specific to a particular geographic area. This tool generates charts, reports, and comparisons critical to following trends within a neighborhood’s economy, advocating key issues, and learning of potential impacts to governmental policies. The Miami-Dade City DNA presentation will show users how to access and use the system and promote its usefulness by illustrating examples of its effectiveness in the community.

» Access this free community tool.
» Dr. Murray’s presentation.Adobe Reader

MDEAT has moved to a new location

The Trust has moved to the Stephen P. Clark building, 20th floor

Our new mailing address is:
MIAMI-DADE ECONOMIC ADVOCACY TRUST
STEPHEN P CLARK CENTER
111 NW 1ST ST 20TH FLR. STE. 2032
MIAMI FL 33128

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