Each year the members of Public Allies Miami develop Team Service Projects (TSPs) in order to complete their year of service. These TSPs are an opportunity for the Allies to learn about a particular community within Miami and strategize ways they can help strengthen that community. This post was contributed by the Little Havana TSP group as a reflection on their project and an invitation to join them in celebrating the neighborhood of Little Havana.
Over the past nine months, Los Allies Unidos--the AmeriCorps Public Allies in Little Havana--have been connecting with community leaders and stakeholders to create a unique and lasting project in Little Havana. During this time, they have practiced Asset-Based Community Development and focused on building a stronger community from the inside out. They were happy to find assets everywhere: in community-based organizations, informal associations and individuals.
Emerging from this focus on community voices, Los Allies Unidos began developing a project that would bring folks together for a common cause, while creating a forum for public discussion.
Their project, Little Havana MOVES, will kick off with a community mapping event where residents and non-residents document their journeys through the neighborhood and note areas of pedestrian concern. While exploring Little Havana, participants will record stories and issues facing the community. The workshop and move-about will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Domino Park/ Maximo Gomez Park on Saturday, June 8.
Through this activity, Los Allies Unidos seek to boost residents' resources, knowledge and impact to create a culture of neighborhood and pedestrian safety. Following the mapping event, Little Havana MOVES will host a forum for visual and oral storytelling.
Los Allies Unidos are excited to partner with ConnectFamilias, Catalyst Miami and other community-based organizations to co-create this unique project in the community.
For more information, email Los Allies Unidos at: firstname.lastname@example.org.