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Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT)

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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The Second Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference Series - Creating Harmonious Communities

Join experts in the fields of mental health, youth violence, homelessness, and law enforcement, as they, the community, and teens discuss how to build trust and harmonious communities.  Event will be held Dec. 8 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Forums in North and South Dade will be held Dec. 9, and Dec. 10, respectively. The community is invited to attend. Presented by MDEAT and the Children's Trust. 

2015 MDEAT Economic Summit - HAP Presentation

This presentation was made at the recent 2015 MDEAT Economic Summit, which brought together local leaders and community residents to discuss best practices in juvenile justice; advancements in homeownership; success strategies in small business development; an overview of economic development initiatives in the Targeted Urban Areas; and concluded with break-out sessions which touched upon concerns in the areas of economic development, housing, and youth development. 

MDEAT holds the 2015 Annual Youth Legal Education Summit

The Miami-Dade County Teen Court Program (M-DCTC), under the administrative leadership of MDEAT, trained a new wave of high school lawyers during its 2015 Annual Youth Legal Education Summit, that took place on Aug. 10 & 11, at the University of Miami. High school students received 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 in the areas of legal terminology, courtroom decorum, delivery of opening and closing arguments, cross-examination and many other legal courtroom techniques.

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust's Youth Action Committee Matches Youth with Employers for the Summer

“I want to become financially empowered, and this internship will foster my personal and professional growth.”
“I would like to make improvements in our community, and I feel I have the potential to do so.”
“This is the perfect opportunity for me to teach these bright volunteers how a professional environment works.”

Those are some of the quotes from local employers and excited Miami-Dade Teen Court volunteers who were chosen to work during the summer for six weeks under Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) Youth Intern Partnership Initiative (YIPI). The 16 teens were paired with local business owners, elected officials, law firms and construction companies, where they earned slightly above minimum wage rate as well as gain invaluable work experience and money management skills.

North Central Dade area groups hopeful regarding improvements after breakfast meeting and formation of steering committee

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), in its never-ending efforts to bring parity to the Black community in the Targeted Urban Areas (TUA), hosted the North Central Dade Economic Development Breakfast Wednesday, June 24, at Michael’s Diner in North Miami.  This first endeavor on How to Move Forward an Economic Development Agenda for the North Central Dade Area attracted business owners; community redevelopment associations (CRA); area residents; The Beacon Council; 7th Avenue CRA; Tools for Change; 79th Street Corridor; the NAACP; Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford; and MDEAT staff.

MLK Business Expo

Drawn together by a common desire to expand their market, share and build a presence, nearly 100 South Dade businesses showcased their products and services at the recent MLK Business Expo during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend. The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) hosted the event as a part of the annual West Perrine MLK celebration activities and commitment to small business growth in Miami-Dade County.

MDEAT Economic Development Summit 2014

Both teens and adults attended this event that highlighted discussions on economic growth and development in Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs).

Teen Court in need of adult volunteers

Interested in, or have experience in, all things legal but don’t know where to put your talents to work? Here is the perfect opportunity to not only learn more about our legal system, take steps to help at-risk youth, and improve your public speaking and communications skills, but most important, give a young person a second chance at a productive life. Sound like something you’d like to do? Adult volunteers are much needed for MDEAT's Teen Court program.

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust's Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP) and Housing Advocacy Committee presented the HAP Breakfast Series in Overtown

The HAP breakfast highlighted Short Sales and REO Market Trends, Miami-Dade County Infill Housing Program, and The One-Stop DPA website.

Third Annual Business Breakfast Series Goes to the Redlands

EDAC’s mission is to work with Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs) in Miami-Dade County, and to gather small businesses to network and explore opportunities.

Black Girls CODE - Future coders gather in Liberty City for session on video gaming

With more than 40 eager and energetic young girls tightly packed in classrooms at Miami Dade College's Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, MDEAT along with Black Girls Code (BGC) brought back computer coding to Liberty City.

Youth Intern Partnership Initiative (YIPI)

When the summer break begins for high school students, a few fortunate teens experience the benefits of employment with Miami-Dade County during the summer. Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) matches 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 are paired with local small businesses throughout Miami-Dade County to work part-time over the course of the summer. The teens 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 held a kick-off ceremony in Liberty City sponsored by BAC Funding Corporation.  The companies and the teens that participated were in attendance. On Tuesday, June 17th, the teens started their first day on the job.

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).

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