The mission of the Overtown Children and Youth Coalition (OCYC) is to create collective impact to empower Overtown children and youth to reach their full potential, thus realizing the vision of OCYC: “Overtown, a community where all children and youth thrive.”
Youth Commissioners at Youth Development Conference
Meeting with Representative Cynthia Stafford
Currently, OCYC coordinates efforts to align and build capacity to support a pipeline of mutually reinforcing high quality pathways for youth to succeed from birth through college, i.e. a “Cradle to Career,” strategy. Efforts are geared to improve outcomes for children and youth in three impact areas: Healthy & Safe, Productive & Working and Community Accountability. Towards this end, grant funds will be invested to strengthen OCYC as the backbone organization and grow the impact of a network of coalition member organizations.
Overtown is home to approximately 4,645 residents under the age of 24, 50.7% of whom live below the poverty line, which is more than double the county rate of 21.2%. The target geographic area served is the community of Overtown, Miami, within the north/south boundaries of NW 22nd Street to NW 2nd Street; and the east/west boundaries of NW 1st Ave and NW 7th Ave.
Florida Children's Initiative
OCYC has joined the Florida Children’s Initiative (FCI). FCI is an initiative set in motion by the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The purpose of the FCI was to put in place the Florida Statute 409.147 in order to help people in disadvantaged communities develop a new social service paradigm that addresses the needs of Children & Families.
The Florida Children’s Initiative bill was created to amend the existing statute to codify Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP) and the Overtown Children & Youth Coalition.
Ounce of Prevention Violence & Drug Prevention Programs
Earlier this year, OCYC received a grant from the Ounce of Prevention to create two programs the Drug Prevention & Violence Prevention Programs. OCYC Member Touching Miami With Love has implemented the “Too Good for Violence” Program for elementary students in Kindergarten – 1st grade after-school and Overtown Youth Center has implemented the “Too Good for Drugs” Program for middle school students in grades 6th – 8th.