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Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust launches Voc-Tech N.O.W. Week Initiative

Youth diversion program showcased local vocational-technical schools

MIAMI (July 23, 2015)

In an effort to address economic disparities and brain drain in Miami-Dade County’s targeted urban areas, Miami-Dade County Teen Court, administered by the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), recently showcased local technical schools during its Voc-Tech N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted) Week. Representatives from four vocational-technical schools presented vocational and technical opportunities to Teen Court youth participants during the life skills workshop. Teen Court, a peer-sanctioning diversion program, hosted the initiative during the week of July 20 - 24, 2015, at its four court locations.

“MDEAT is in the business of generating awareness and promoting opportunities that expand economic possibilities within the county-designated Targeted Urban Areas,” said MDEAT Executive Director John E. Dixon, Jr. “With this initiative, we are exposing our youth to train for high-paying, technical career options right in their neighborhoods. We thank the school administrators who partnered with us on this initiative.”

Voc-Tech N.O.W. is represented by the following schools: Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center; Robert Morgan Technical Educational Center; William H. Turner Technical Arts High School; and Miami-Lakes Educational Center and Technical College.

For more information regarding this initiative or the Teen Court program, contact MDEAT Training Specialist Zachary Rinkins at 305-375-5661 or

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