MIAMI – One hundred South Florida community college students gathered in Miami June 1-3 to share about the challenges they face in achieving their academic goals and suggest solutions.
The top five ideas, proposed and voted on by summit participants, won a share of $25,000 and a year of expert support to implement the ideas on campus, in their community or online. Ideas were judged on potential social impact, creativity and innovation, sustainability and the use of new and social media.
The Mobilize.org Target 2020 Florida Summit, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was held at the Deauville Beach Resort and focused on boosting community college completion rates and increasing the participation of Miami’s Millennial Generation — the last generation of children wholly born in the 20th century — in civic life.
Students from Miami Dade College InterAmerican, Miami Dade College Wolfson, Miami Dade College Hialeah, Miami Dade College North and Broward College South were selected to receive funding and a year of expert support from Mobilize.org
The winning projects included Broward College South’s “My College Guide”: To increase the number of students who are active in student organizations and activities, a student-run editorial magazine will help increase knowledge of available activities. It will provide information about organizations on campus, upcoming academic events, campus maps, student resources, scholarships and more. It will also provide community service and service learning opportunities.
“One of the problems that I have detected at Broward College South campus is the fact that not enough students are getting involved with student organizations,” said Ajah McPherson. “I believe that this is due to a lack of awareness and the struggles of balancing a social and academic life while in college.” Her winning proposal was the student-run and -managed editorial magazine.
Miami’s Millennials are among the least civically engaged in the country, according to a new report released at the summit by former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, U.S. Rep. Lou Frey and the National Conference on Citizenship.
“The results of the Miami Millennial Civic Health Report underscore how critical it is for Millennials in Miami to get involved in addressing the unique challenges that face our generation, “ said Maya Smith, CEO of Mobilize.org, the nonprofit organization that hosted the summit. “There are some steep hills to climb, but the creativity and energy of the students is palpable. The momentum generated at this summit will have an impact way beyond the weekend.”
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.