About the speaker
“What the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community.” — John Dewey
Cecilia Gutierrez is the CEO of Miami Children’s Initiative. The Miami Children’s Initiative is one of three large-scale social change efforts in the state of Florida with the vision of transforming our most challenging and promising communities. All three (Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville) efforts are modeled after the nationally known Harlem Children’s Zone. The vision for The Miami Children’s Initiative traces back to 2006, when a group of committed and passionate Liberty City community leaders, local politicians and residents came together to figure out what might truly work in our community.
How do you battle the concentration of low-income housing projects, the flight of the area’s businesses, increased joblessness, low performing schools, growing poverty, crime, juvenile delinquency, drugs and poor health? Through creative projects like Over the Edge, creative strategies like Block-by-Block, and engaging national partners like the Clinton Global Initiative.
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