OCTOBER’S WEDNESDAY NETWORK
Are You Sitting At The Table Or Watching
From The Sidelines?
The Wednesday NetWORK – Meet the new email newsletter from NSWM curated just for you the first Wednesday of every month.
In order to sit at the table, there are many things involved. We at NSWM want to help you get there whether it’s featuring organizations looking for top talent such as yourself or providing you resume and interviewing tips to get you the management job you desire. The NetWORK will be everything work-related from job posts to resources on making a first impression to career development.
FEATURED ARTICLES FOR JOB SEEKERS & EMPLOYERS
Creative Job Interview Ideas: Powerful Closing Strategies Top Performers Use
4 signs your company views you as a high-potential employee
How You Can “Re-Story” Your Career if You’re Ready for Something New
The Roles Of Allies, Mentors And Sponsors In Employee Development
Welcome to the Wednesday NetWORK (WN), a newsletter curated for you on the first Wednesday of every month!
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The Overtown Children and Youth Coalition (OCYC) is located in and serves the neighborhood of Overtown: a 15 block by 7 block area in Miami-Dade County, near downtown Miami. Overtown is an area where children and families face extreme levels of poverty, low academic achievement and health disparities. In 2012, OCYC was formed as an overarching backbone organization which could identify, unify, and strengthen all of the youth-focused initiatives in the Overtown neighborhood, including pre-existing entities such as the Overtown Youth Center, the Lotus House, Touching Miami with Love, and Urgent, Inc. OCYC serves as a catalyst to convene, network, leverage, scale, and impact children, youth, and their families through its membership-base by supporting efforts to integrate a Collective Impact Framework.
Intensive rehabilitation and redevelopment are necessary to improve the health, well-being and livelihood of children living here. The community is composed of a population of approximately 8,500 individuals with 52% African American/Black, 45% Hispanic/Latino and 45.7% living below the poverty line. Overtown is also one of the oldest communities in Miami. There is a high cultural aptitude, but it is also home to one of the lowest-ranking public school systems, with Frederick R. Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Jose de Diego Middle School, and Booker T. Washington High School scoring in the bottom 50% in Florida. Such statistics represent a huge issue: the underserved are not receiving the attention and care they deserve.
There are multiple human service operations in the Overtown neighborhood which aim to fill gaps, and particularly serve Overtown’s 3,500 children. Prominent OCYC partners include the Overtown Youth Center, the Lotus House, the Overtown Optimist Club, Touching Miami with Love, and Urgent Inc. There are endless opportunities to get involved with the efforts of any individual operation, as well as collaborate with multiple of them. The coalition facilitates the cross-sector and multi-organizational activities driven by five committees made up of community members, institutional partners, and Overtown program staff. They are the Healthy & Safe Committee, the Productive & Working Committee, the Education Committee, the Evaluation Committee, and the General Members Committee. They each collaborate on different goals for the community and are always open to new ideas and initiatives.