PSCDG's mission is to provide meaningful opportunities that will stimulate and revitalize social and economic development in underserved communities throughout Miami-Dade County including minority groups, immigrants, women, tee-girls, the homeless and ex-offenders.
Group of graduates from the Women and Girls NOW Project.
Representatives of the business community participating in the Women and Girls NOW Project.
Faimly reading program on a Field trip at bayside park..
CONNECTING THE BRIDGE THROUGH LITERACY
In 2013 PSCDG launched the literacy pilot program, "Connecting the Bridge through Literacy" in the area of North Miami targeting Haitian immigrants from low socio- economic means struggling to get ahead but hindered by their lack of English language skills. The program was always open to adults who qualified based on income level, and soon after its inception, as it became known in the community, the program attracted African Americans, Hispanics and other immigrant groups in need of instruction in the English language.
PSCDG secured funding from the City of North Miami for the launch of this program and has sustained its support to date due to the success of the program. We partnered with the North Miami Library which provides us with meeting space, access to computers and library books for all participants.
It is notable that this program has served residents in their 70's and 80's who have expressed their overwhelming gratitude as they become literate in their older years,
Women and Girls NOW Project
In April of 2014 PSCDG launched a new program, "Women and Girls NOW Project" (Women and Girls Needing Opportunities to Win Project), to provide literacy and job readiness skills to women and girls in need throughout Miami-Dade County with a grant from the Women's Fund. This project empowers participants to achieve success by providing literacy, job training, financial literacy, career guidance, and support group.
This project targets specifically those who are dropouts, potential dropouts and/or unemployed and reaches out to pregnant teens and re-entries from the system of corrections.
PSCDG considers that educated women and girls have a positive ripple effect in their families, across generations and in our society as a whole.
PSCDG has partnered with C.O.P.E. Center North, the Department of Corrections for Women, Wells Fargo Bank and other businesses in the community for the successful implementation of this project.
Shine Bright Literacy Summer Camp
The "Shine Bright Literacy Summer Camp" was created in 2014 with a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and implemented again in 2015 with the support of the foundation serving children from the community.
In a city throbbing with diversity, music, art and different cultures, many residents are unaware that Miami-Dade County has one of the lowest literacy rates in the United States. In order to ameliorate this situation, PSCDG's summer program targets at-risk children and youth ages 6 to 13 residing in low income areas.
The goals of this program are: to improve literacy skills, to create a love of reading and learning, to avoid loss of learning in the summer, and to inform parents and caregivers of their role as key educators. PSCDG achieved these goals with a combination of structured classes, field trips, games and outdoor activities that engaged and provided a fun and productive experience for all campers.
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.