Miami Children's Initiative (MCI)

LAST UPDATED: October 11, 2018
Education & Youth Development
Miami Children's Initiative (MCI) is a place-based cradle to career initiative that seeks to facilitate and catalyze effective, sustainable transformation in one of South Florida's most challenging and promising neighborhoods - Liberty City. MCI's mission is to create a community-based network that develops, coordinates, and provides quality education, accessible health care, youth development programs, opportunities for employment, and safe neighborhoods for children and families residing in Liberty City. We engage a broad cross section of residents and stakeholders in moving towards the vision of a prosperous, healthy community for Liberty City's children and families. Miami Children's Initiative was created in 2006 and initially funded by the Florida Legislature in 2008 as one of three large scale social change efforts within the state of Florida. MCI provides the following programs to the children and families of Liberty City: Growing Learners (3, 4 and 5 years old); Project Promise (K-5 grade); Promising Futures Middle School (6-8 grade); Promising Futures Leadership Academy (9-12 grade), Health & Wellness program and two (2) Community Spaces utilized as a safe haven for children and families in our Impact Zone.
2525 NW 62 Street
4th Floor, Suite 4132A
Miami, FL 33147

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Acting Chair
Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services
New Beginning Counseling & Consultation Services
Parent and Resident
Annie R Neasman
Jessie Trice Community Health System
Ex-Officio Member
Miami Dade County Commissioner District 3
Ex-Officio Member
Florida Department of Health
Bronwyn Stanford
Ex-Officio Member
Department of Children and Families
Ex-Officio Member
City of Miami Commissioner District 5


LaTousha R Daniels
Shownda J Pagan
Senior Executive of Operations and Programs
Terry T Rutherford
Early Care and Education Director
Angel Johnson
Community Space and Lincoln Fields Manager
Kotkenya Cullins
Site Coordinator - Growing Learners and Project Promise - Charles R Drew K-8 Center
Stephanie Jennings
Site Coordinator - Promising Futures Next Generation - Charles R Drew K-8 Center
Natalia Montero
Site Coordinator - Promising Futures Leadership Academy - Miami Northwestern Sr High
Deborah Nunez
Curriculum Coordinator - HR Manager
Joseph Martinez II
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Shanika Desir
Program Coordinator


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.