Est. 1994. URGENT, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Miami, FL based youth and community development organization dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities. Guided by the principles of innovation, growth and transformation URGENT sees young people as the drivers of change and works to provide empowering opportunities to create the next generation of social change agents.
Rising out of the ashes of the 80's riots and the depressed urban economy of the 90's, Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team (URGENT) was founded in 1994 by a small group of concerned residents who wanted to see change in Miami's urban core. Now a youth and community development corporation, URGENT celebrates 22 years of service to the Miami!
FACE- Film, Arts & Culture, Coding, Entrepreneurship
FACE provides hands-on real world training for youth between the ages of 14-18 during the school year and 14-24 during the summer months. The program affords interns the opportunity to advance their skills in one of four areas of instruction including 1) Film & Video Production, 2) Visual Arts, 3) Coding/IT 4) Broadcast Media or 5) Entrepreneurship. The implementation model of FACE is based on project-based learning led by industry professionals with assistance from college-level interns. The culmination of learning is presented several times a year.
The Intergenerational Project offers an opportunity for grandparents raising grandchildren to come together and share successes, hardships and wisdom while learning from each other and industry professionals about topics such as health, legal rights, education, parenting and more. Target Population: Grandparents Age 55+; Target Community: Overtown
Rites of Passage- Campaign for Girls Well-Being
She Kept the Bra On!—The Campaign for Girls Well-Being is a youth-led wellness campaign of URGENT, Inc. The purpose of the Campaign for Girls Well-Being is to promote the well-being of girls in the spheres of education, economics, health and education. In doing so, the Campaign seeks to elevate the voice of girls in the public discourse through leadership development, education, advocacy training, research and community organizing.
Rites of Passage Program- Youth Media Project
The ROP Youth Media Project is an arts enrichment program designed to inspire middle and high school youth to critically examine, research, and reflect on the issues that impact their lives and communities using video, photography, poetry and performance. Youth gain access to their voice and use the arts to elevate important conversations on important topics. Target Population: Youth ages 12-18; Target Community (s): Overtown, Little Haiti
Murals for Dorsey Park
The Murals for Dorsey Park Program is a community arts, youth literacy promotion and community engagement initiative designed to engage young artists in the revitalization of Overtown, Miami's Dorsey Park with murals created collaboratively to commemorate it as the historic home of Negro League Baseball in S. Florida.
Youth Empowerment Program- After School
This program provides elementary school boys and girls an alternative to their hectic day by providing a safe place after school where they find peace and love in a supportive nurturing environment that helps them discover their hidden talents, build skills and identify their multiple intelligences. Students begin their afternoon by taking part in a welcoming non-traditional opening circle where the breath is king; peace rules the day and self-love is unabashedly celebrated. From taking part in impromptu skits, playing African drums, learning life skills or building physical stamina there is never a dull moment when kids gain access to their unique and special gifts to share with the world. All this happens at the Youth Empowerment After School Program! Target Population: 75 boys and girls K-6 grade; Target Community(s): Overtown, Goulds
Youth Empowerment Program- Summer Camp (YES!)
YES! Camp provides a unique gender specific safe space where girls are able to dream, explore, reflect and find their own voice to express the person they are becoming. For girls, as they approach adolescence, they face all kinds of challenges from society: pressure to be perfect, expectations about beauty, beliefs about food and eating, and more. It's a pivotal time in a girl's life, when their whole world is starting to change, inside and out. This is the time to strengthen girls’ sense of self and that inner belief in who they are that will see her through the teen years. These themes are explored through the arts, drama, dance, arts & crafts, yoga, cultural music, fitness, literacy and etiquette. Target Population: 60 Girls ages 6-13; Target Community(s): County-wide.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dennis Horton, Chairman
Miami Dade County Public Schools
Patrick Williams, PhD, Secretary
Taz Pac Consulting
Marcos Lapciuc- Treasurer
Precision Trading, Co.
Duarte Monteiro Group
Henry Crespo, Sr., President & Founder
Saliha Nelson, MSEd, Vice President
PROGRAM SUPPORT STAFF
Irene Tiffany Edwards, Finance Manager
Mike Burns, IT Manager
Valamere Mikler, Senior Operations & Advancement Manager
Rites of Passage
Shedia Nelson, Program Manager & Artistic Director
Loren Daniel, Youth Enrichment Facilitator
Amber Austin, Youth Enrichment Facilitator
Youth Empowerment After School & Summer Camp
Emily Gunter, After School Director
Latorya Brady, Site Coordinator & Counselor
Belinda Cain, Counselor
Myrol Cruz, Counselor
Center for Empowerment & Education
Lurvin Calix, Site Coordinator & Counselor
Geneva Bailey, Counselor
Tami Wynn, Certified Teacher
FACE Employment & Training Program
Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant, FACE Coordinator
Renavia Buchkhannan, Youth Enrichment Facilitator
Dominique Seward, Youth Enrichment Facilitator
Robert Jenkins, Peer Educator
Khyree Joseph, Peer Educator