Monday, June 11, 2012

Interns For Impact: My Experience at an Imagine Miami Event

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.

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My 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.

The 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!

The 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.

To 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!

We're 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.”

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We hope you can join us!

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