TSI Signature Weekend Immersion
Program Outcomes: To desired outcome of the signature TSI Immersion Weekend is to launch each cohort/team of youth into their program year.
Two of the pillars of our program are mindset and transformative experiences. It is our belief that in order to create possibility, we must begin with what is seen. Many impoverished people do not venture beyond their zip codes for fear of the unknown, rejection, or the misbelief that they are not worthy of moving in and among certain spaces.
To address these limiting beliefs, we have created the Immersion Weekend.
Program Goals: During the course of this three day weekend, TSI Fellows will be taken to a beautiful property where they will be exposed to:
Properties with amazing accommodations and amenities
Healthy meals and nutritional guidance
Meditation and yoga daily
Financial Literacy workshop hosted by The Henderson Financial Group
Strengthfinder assessments and translations led by a certified coach
Group sessions to discuss their experience in poverty and related outcomes, led by a licensed therapist, Aprile Andelle
Team building activities
Empowerment Training, led by Fire Power Seminars
Board breaking exercises
Meet and Greet dinner with TSI’s Board of Directors
Finale excursion - parasailing
Program Strategies: This weekend of coaching is intentionally designed to build confidence, create a collaborative relationship among the team and introduce the Fellows to their coaches for the year.
TSI Technology Cohort
Program Outcomes: Fellows who select the Information Technology cohort will be enrolled in a certification program in association with a partnering education provider. Based on the certification selected, a Fellow may be committed to a program in the duration of 3 - 9 months until completion.
Program Goals: By the end of this course, Fellows will a in entry-level technological certifications. These credentials will increase earning potential and create a foundation for IT careers with varying options including, but not limited to: Computer and Network Administrator, Computer Support Specialist, Graphic Designer, Web Design, Multimedia Artist, and Information Security.
IT education and certification for youth ages 18-24 in deserving communities who are impacted by poverty
Personal and professional relationships and networking will be leveraged to connect newly certified youth to higher level income opportunities within organizations
TSI will continue to encourage, support and fundraise for higher levels of education in this cohort to increase career trajectory, earning potential, lifestyle transformation and the foundation of a new generational wealth pattern
Miami is among the lowest wage medians per household, according to the US census; opportunities in technology will help elevate earnings for TSI Fellows based on their certifications and Miami’s burgeoning technology footprint.
TSI Financial Literacy Program
Program Outcomes: To introduce and provide ongoing financial education to TSI Fellows and guiding strategic plans to disrupt generational poverty for them and their families.
Program Goals: Our goal is to provide monthly financial literacy education.
Led by our Finance Chair, Hyacinth Henderson (Henderson Financial Group), we will create a realistic, outcome-based financial plan for each of our Fellows. We will ensure they are on the path to understanding their financial footprint while ensuring they learn concepts which include, but are not limited to:
The importance of credit history and credit scores
Understanding Income (Net vs. Gross)
Realistic living expenses
Paying Bills on time, every time
Understanding credit cards (interest and finance fees)
Hyacinth will also facilitate her incredible “Guns and Butter” program. The program is designed to explain to youth the difference between appreciating assets such as real estate, stocks, bonds, etc. (Guns) and depreciating “junk” that quickly melts away like cars, clothes, shoes, etc. (Butter). Her program is proven and exceptionally popular with youth she has facilitated to in the past.
Program Strategies: By carefully curating 12 unique conversations and having a dedicated expert for our Fellows, we can help change the financial narrative in our community. We will also present abbreviated offerings to the community at large to broaden our impact and outcomes.
TSI Supportive Services
Program Outcomes: To provide supportive therapeutic services for TSI Fellows. Often times there are incidents which occur within impoverished communities that result in post-traumatic syndromes and impact mental health and wellness.
Many people living in poverty experience post-traumatic stress disorders, reliving of traumatic events, avoidance of new experiences, anxiety, stress, depression and coping. Mental health care is negatively stigmatized within communities of color and our goal is to ensure our Fellows receive support for any issues or incidents they may have experienced.
Many studies have compared poverty-related trauma to the same PTSD experienced by military veterans. Some of this trauma can be related, but not limited to: physical, sexual and emotional abuse; exposure to life-threatening situations; witnessing crimes; living with people who commit crimes; experiencing catastrophes like shootings, fires, accidents;
parental separation due to incarceration, divorce or death; death of a family member to violence; a family member committing violent crimes.
Program Goals: It is imperative for TSI to offer the opportunity of a sacred space where our youth can safely share their experiences and receive the supportive services they may desperately need but cannot afford.
TSI Fellows will have the opportunity to attend individual and group conversations. Two Florida-based practitioners have offered this in-kind donation exclusively to TSI.
TSI Art Actions!
Program Outcomes: Art Actions! are TSI's contribution to filling the void of art and its impact in our community. Few schools offer artistic outlets, expression and creativity today than ever before. However, the benefit of art on youth, especially ‘at risk’ youth is undeniable. Studies have proven a direct connection to the following outcomes:
Improved test scores
Cognitive and attention improvement
Higher memory retention
Program Goals: Art Actions! is an intentional platform created to initiate a dialogue about poverty with the City of Miami through the lens of our Fellows. We use all art forms to express the feelings, convictions, and hopes of our Fellows to bring perspective, gain understanding and create a broader conversation between people in shared spaces who do not intersect.
Program Strategies: Led by our Art Cohort Chair, Alejandra Estefania, we will curate conversations through art, murals, photography, billboards, spoken word, dance, video and other spectacular installations with the intention of exposing the myths and stereotypes of impoverished people and breaking the stigma attached to being poor in the United States.
At the close of each year, our Fellows work will be showcased at local art galleries and we will host panel discussions with our Fellows, college and university partners, special guests, policy makers, public servants, and the general public.