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

The goal of this conference is 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 include: education, emotional health, community, and family engagement.

Teen Court launches 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).

Read more about this program, and former agency intern Zachary Rinkins who now serves as manager of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, in the latest edition of Teen Court News.

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.

Miami-Dade Teen Court helps students "Make The Connection"

Miami-Dade County Teen Court, a program of the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, unveiled “Making the Connection” at its recent Juvenile Justice Forum.

Teen Court is partnering with the City of Miami Model City N.E.T.

Miami-Dade County Teen Court is partnering with the City of Miami Model City N.E.T. to present the 2013 National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This is a free event,Adobe Reader open to the public.

MDEAT recruiting new board members

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) is thriving to improve the quality-of-life for local residents and seeks visionary board members to help carryout this mission. The ideal candidates are seasoned experts in, banking, business development, criminal justice, economic development, education, finance, housing, health and human services, and/or the law and legal profession(s) who are committed to help stimulate socio-economic growth in underserved Miami-Dade County neighborhoods.

The MDEAT fifteen Trust Board Members will work with local, state and federal officials; community organizations; M-DCPS, colleges, and universities; foundations; municipalities; and the corporate community to ensure that all residents have equal access to the necessities that maintain a healthy community. MDEAT is a Miami-Dade County agency, and meets monthly.

MDEAT Nominating Council, the entity responsible for making Board Trust nominations will be interviewing all applicants for the position, and forward its recommendations to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

NOTE:  Application submission is now closed.

Teen Court Youth Attorney Training and Mock Trial Competition

Miami-Dade County Teen Court Program (M-DCTC), under the administrative leadership of Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), trained a little less than 100 students from different Miami-Dade County schools at the Annual Teen Court Youth Attorney Training.

The event took place at St. Thomas University Law School. The students were coached to become youth defense and prosecuting attorney volunteers. The training program was a three day event that included a Mock Trial Competition on the third day.

Middle and high school students received a formal training for courtroom trials sanctioned by the program’s volunteer training guidelines. These sessions educated and trained youth volunteers in the many facets of the judicial process.

Teen Court presents the Chiefs of Police Summit

Miami-Dade Police

The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust's Teen Court and Youth Action Committee (YAC) hosted the Chiefs of Police Summit on Tuesday, July 23rd at Joseph Caleb Center in Liberty City. The Chiefs of Police Association partnered with Miami-Dade County Teen Court to encourage law enforcement and community youth to attend the summit.

“It was gratifying to see the police officers come together and have a healthy dialogue with the teens,” states Treska V. Rodgers, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Board Member/YAC Chair. “It was a start to get the communication channels open between law enforcement and youth. There should be more of these sessions to bridge the gap, and we will assist in scheduling another one of these summits in the future.”

In the midst of standing room only, chiefs of police, police officers, and public officials from across Miami-Dade County gathered together to have an open dialogue with teens. Police officers were able to convey their concerns involving juvenile crimes, and teens were able to express their personal experiences and views with law enforcement.

“This was a great opportunity for the community to come together with law enforcement and discuss current teen matters.” John E. Dixon, Jr., MDEAT Executive Director states, “By informing our community of current teen issues, we can better handle situations that may arise concerning our youth.”

Treska V. Rodgers

The Juvenile Justice Forum

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust’s Teen Court Youth Action Committee in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Juvenile Services Department hosted The Juvenile Justice Forum on May, 6th at the Main Library.  Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters and newly appointed Miami-Dade Police Department Director J.D. Patterson, Jr. spoke on the state of juvenile violence.

The 6th Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference: Inspiring Peaceful Change

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) hosted the 6th Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference:  Inspiring Peaceful Change on May 1st, 2013.

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

Meet MDEAT's latest intern, Reneson Jean-Louis

From watching criminal behavior on the hard streets of Miami to pursing a criminal law degree, Jean-Louis Reneson is the first student volunteer to return to Miami-Dade County Teen Court as a college intern.

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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