Citizen Scientist Project
As our world becomes more complicated, the need for data to first understand and then take action to protect it’s many natural resources becomes critical to ensure future habitability. The Citizen Scientist concept is gaining increased popularity as a means of obtaining these data. As defined by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
“Citizen Scientist typically refers to research collaborations between scientists and volunteers, particularly (but not exclusively) to expand opportunities for scientific data collection and to provide access to scientific information for community members.”
Village of Empathy
The objective of the Village of Empathy is to create civic engagement and social change agents. Our vision is a community that understands the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to create current and future leaders; a population of youth that are empathetic and desire to make a positive impact in the local, greater and global community.
With partners including Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Village of Key Biscayne, Miami Children’s Initiative, Anti-Defamation League, and Ashoka, the Village of Empathy mission is to create a Village of Empathy through (1) an academy for civic engagement, (2) a Sister City Initiative with Liberty City, and (3) evidence-based programming designed to develop empathy and stop bullying.
Our mission is to enhance life of residents through opportunities to learn from panels of doctors, researchers, and practitioners and to participate in evidence-based exercises.
Healthy Aging encourages a balanced and self-determined model for aging. It makes seniors agents in their own aging process through mental, physical, social, and emotional wellness interventions. Through the guidance of our advocates and experts, the Healthy Aging initiative incorporates findings from current research on aging, cognitive functioning, lifestyle, and diet to promote health and wellness for the senior population of Key Biscayne.
Evidence suggests that a key to aging healthfully and mitigating age related cognitive decline is an engaged, active, and stimulating life- socially, mentally, and physically. The Healthy Living program provides programs and lectures that enable residents to engage in evidence-based activity to support mental, physical, and emotional wellness, at any age.
The Healthy Eating program promotes healthier food environments, not just for the nutritional benefits, but also for the behavioral and emotional benefits of a balanced, healthy diet. Through the Wellness in the Schools program, Healthy Eating inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Wellness in the Schools is creating healthier environments for children to learn and grow in Charles R Drew K-8 Center and Key Biscayne K-8 Center.