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Only as One Can We Break the Cycle of Youth Violence

Together for Children’s mission is to strengthen families, empower and protect our community’s youth.

Together for Children (TFC) is a preventative approach to break the cycle of youth violence in Miami-Dade. It is the long-term sustainable strategy to address the root causes of youth violence.....


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Evolution of Together for Children

April 2016 –

August 2016

Initial Partners Join Forces Together for Children:

A gathering at the historic Hampton House in the Brownsville neighborhood of Miami began a series of meetings of initial partners including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County, The Children’s Trust and others to have a candid conversation, determining if there existed any duplication or gaps in services provided by the initial partners to prevent youth violence, and to commit to do more.

September 2016 – October 2016

Community Invitation to Work Together for Children:

Following a public invitation to the communities identified as within Together for Children zip codes, based on the historically highest incidents of youth arrest; hundreds of community members attended public forums in the North, Central, and South areas of Miami-Dade County, focused on tackling the root causes of youth violence. Attendees included initial partners, parents, youth, community-based organizations, leaders of faith-based institutions, law enforcement and staff members of initial partner organizations.

October 2016 –

January 2017

Together for Children Coalitions Continue to Work:

Throughout Miami-Dade County, large groups and small groups met frequently to begin to work together to develop the framework for what would become their Neighborhood Action Plans. Hundreds of young people and parents were also surveyed for their ideas and perspective on the solutions to prevent youth violence.

January 2017 –

October 2017

Coalition Working Groups Develop Neighborhood Action Plans:

Each Together for Children coalition began to solidify, and self-identified as the following: Miami Gardens, Northeast Corridor, Liberty City, Overtown, Perrine-Goulds-Richmond Heights, and Homestead-Florida City-Naranja. All coalitions met frequently to develop their Neighborhood Action Plans which focus on tackling the root causes of youth violence by Strengthening Families, Empowering Youth, and Protecting Youth. Each coalition outlined distinct strategies and action steps to accomplish those goals.

October 2017 -

December 2017

Working Groups Assign Committees to Plan