Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie Maitre and I am a Posse Foundation scholar interning at Catalyst Miami. I am a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. As a Catalyst intern I am doing research on best practices in recruitment through social media and other outlets, helping to recruit for Catalyst Miami programs, keeping a constant flow of posts on their social media sites as well as doing some marketing.
time at Catalyst Miami has been exciting and eye opening. Every day I
find myself learning more about the Miami community and the people that
Catalyst is here to serve. One of the most influential events that I
have attended was last months “Imagine a Prosperous Miami” event hosted
by Catalyst Miami and The Downtown Bay Forum. The event took place at
Temple Israel’s Bimah in Downtown Miami.
day’s festivities began with a welcome reception where attendees were
given the opportunity to network and begin discussions about our vibrant
community. The first half of this engaging event was filled with
delicious foods and a thought-provoking panel that consisted of
influential Community leaders including Catalyst Miami’s very own CEO/
Founder Danielle Levine!
panel discussed Florida legislation that would have positive and
negative impacts on our Miami community. Funding cuts for Non-profits
and Programs that benefit people in Miami communities are making it hard
for organizations to help those in need. In addition, during the
Q&A portion, questions arose about immigration, education,
transportation, the environment, and politics. All of these topics have
complex answers but the dialogues that surrounded these issues were
insightful and made it evident that the idea of a prosperous Miami, in
the future, needs to become a reality.
conclude the event, there was the creation of a vision board for a
prosperous Miami. Participants posted their promises to the Miami
community some of which were-- “Engage and challenge systems that are
adverse to my existence and my community”, “Get 10,000 more people to
vote”, “Remind ourselves that change is possible and we’re bringing it
with hard work”. Overall it was a terrific event and I am excited about
this month’s upcoming “Imagine an Educated Miami.”
I hope you can join us to "Imagine an Educated Miami"- June 13th at 4p.m at MDC Wolfson Campus!
having almost every major South Florida Education Initiative present
with over 100 parents, youth and organizations. Whether you are just
getting involved or have been building education in Miami for years,
this an opportunity to connect, share, build and be inspired.”
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/cccxuxc
We hope you can join us!