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Message from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Dear Friends:

In February 2016, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Action Summit. That local action summit was important because it helped set the stage for the action plan that is highlighted in this booklet – a plan based on data and evidence that will ultimately improve life outcomes and create opportunities for all young people in our community, regardless of their background or circumstances they were born into.

As Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I have a special interest in the MBK initiative because it directly aligns with the County’s existing initiatives to improve quality of life for our 2.7 million residents through education and economic development. By accepting President Obama’s MBK Challenge last year, Miami-Dade County agreed to bring together representatives from our community to create programs and partnerships that will give our young residents an opportunity to grow, learn and work in a safe community. And now, we are working together, as a community, to begin implementing a coherent, cradle-to-college-to-career action plan so that every single child in our community can reach his or her full potential.

Many people in our community have been working hard for years to put us on the right footing to achieve the goals of the MBK action plan, and I especially want to thank Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for partnering with me to lead the charge in our community, and in Washington, D.C. to bridge the disparities in our community related to age, race and ethnicity, and to develop policies and programs that will build better and more equitable communities.

We have come a long way, but our work is not finished. And that is why I am excited to lead this re-energized commitment to work with our residents, and the rest of the country, to advance the future of this generation and the next generation.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us address the challenges facing young people in our community. I look forward to our continued collaboration.

Sincerely,

Carlos A. Gimenez
Miami-Dade County Mayor