“What the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community.”

— John Dewey

A 501 © (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City into a prosperous community.

In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, we seek to address the needs of our community by investing in our children. Miami Children’s Initiative and its partners are making bold moves to transform the lives of the children and families in our community by providing a unified system of support, education and care that begins before birth through college and career. MCI believes that Liberty City’s strength lies in the undeveloped potential of its youth and that through focused strategic work the potential of each child can be unleashed.

Our History

The Miami Children's Initiative is one of three large-scale social change efforts in the state of Florida with the vision of transforming our most challenging and promising communities. All three (Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville) efforts are modeled after the nationally known Harlem Children’s Zone. The vision for The Miami Children’s Initiative traces back to 2006, when a group of committed and passionate Liberty City community leaders, local politicians and residents came together to figure out what might truly work in our community. They knew this: there was a time - three - quarters of a century ago - when Liberty City was a thriving community for many African Americans. But change came, much of it painful and damaging. That change included the concentration of low-income housing projects, the flight of the area’s businesses, increased joblessness, low performing schools, growing poverty, crime, juvenile delinquency, drugs and poor health. Originally established in 2008 by the Florida Legislature as the 10-year Magic City Children’s Zone, that legislation was amended in 2009; resulting in a new start and the renaming to the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI). Residents and local business people, as well as leaders in health care, education and human services, then commenced to formulate the foundation for this community-wide initiative. That extensive planning — professionally facilitated via 43 work groups and 18 focus groups — led to a solid plan and a real strategy to achieve progress toward a “prosperous Liberty City.”