Educate Tomorrow Programs

 

Educate Tomorrow believes in making our programs as accessible as possible to those who need them the most. Our top priority is supporting under served children, youth and families in need of family stability or connection to a supportive community.  We believe in partnering with existing organizations to enhance a families and a community's assets. Educate Tomorrow staff provide supports in-house (noted below in yellow) and external resources. Depending on the students' needs, they may be required to meet with staff anywhere from three times per week to one time per month to address their individual concerns and goals

Click on the tabs below to view our high-impact programs and services.

Housing

Ages 0-18 Resources

  • Miami Bridge: Provides the community an access point for all Miami-Dade County efforts in dealing with kids who are between 10 and 17 years old and in crisis who are runaways, truant, homeless or having issues at home.
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  • Citrus Family Care Network: Provides physical and behavioral health care, school-based health programs, and housing. Citrus Family Care Network (Citrus FCN) is the Community Based Care Lead Agency for foster care and related services in Miami-Dade and Monroe. Citrus FCN is a division of Citrus Health Network.
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  • Project UP-START: Provides support to all MDCPS children who are experiencing homelessness by ensuring that they are assisted with school placement, registration, homeless awareness activities for students, school-based personnel, and community groups, after-school tutorial program at select homeless shelters, and transportation services.

College Resources

  • Casa Valentina: The program provides housing and support services related to life skills training for youth who have transitioned out of foster care or at-risk youth.
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  • Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND) Program: Provides temporary rental assistance for eligible low-income individuals and families who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
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  • Family Unification Program Housing Voucher: Provides young adults and families with a housing voucher and financial coaching for varied amounts of time.
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  • Homeless Hotline: 1-877-994-HELP (4357) or 305-375-CARE (2273)
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  • Other Housing Providers: Lotus House, Camillus House, Paragon Partnership, Chapman, Concept Health Housing, Safe Haven, Carrfour

Advocacy

Ages 0-18 Resources

  • Lawyers For Children America: Provides quality pro bono legal representation to protect the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect, and collaborates for systematic change to improve the lives of children.
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  • Disability Independence Group: Provides expanded opportunities for participation, education, employment, and acceptance of persons with disabilities through advocacy, litigation, education, and training.
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  • Guardian ad Litem: Provides volunteer advocates and professional staff creating a powerful voice on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children.
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  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Provides protection and promotion of basic human rights of immigrants in Florida and on a national level, championing the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children and advocating for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence.
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  • Florida Foster Care Review: Provides a setting in which to promote the safety, well-being and long-term success of abused and neglected children, ages 0-18, through volunteer-driven case reviews and system level advocacy.

College Resources

  • Includes all Advocacy resources listed above
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  • Voices For Children: Provides stability, safety, and a feeling of home by ensuring children in foster care have a caring and consistent person to be there for them and by providing resources to fulfill their needs.

Education

Ages 0-18 Resources

  • Early Learning Coalition: Provides school readiness services for more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe.
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  • Global Field Academy: Is an enrichment program for school aged children and their families designed to meet the five specific factors for family stability outlined in the Unite Miami Service Partnership.Academic and STEAM workshops with an emphasis on building social and emotional competence are available three days a week at MindLab Center and courses are available after-school hours at Dezerland Park Tuesdays-Thursdays during the academic year.Monday and Friday field days are led by parent volunteers and/or community partners.Parents can apply for full or partial scholarships based off of income or other qualifying factors and can receive care coordination to increase family stability if applicable.
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  • Girls Who Code: Provides free after-school program for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models.
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  • THE College Experience: Provides high school students who are interested in continuing their education beyond high school an opportunity to learn college readiness and explore possible careers.The program activities and field trips are specifically designed with the students' career interests and future aspirations in mind.
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  • Guitars Over Guns and Music Solution Lab: Provides students of all ages from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice and reach their potential as tomorrow's leaders.
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  • First Star: Provides a holistic college prep program for youth impacted by the child welfare system who are going into 9th and 11th grades. Foster youth can get tuition waived at Florida state colleges, but lacking the skills, study habits and support, foster youth inevitably drop out. First Star's goal is to change that and lay a foundation for success.
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  • Upward Bound (Math and Science program at Frost, MDC-Wolfson, and MDC-North): Provides a college-readiness program for students starting during the summer before their 9th-grade year through their high school graduation. The program meets weekly on Saturdays from October to May and for six-weeks during the summer.
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  • Education Effect: Provides an FIU-supported community-school partnership to improve educational outcomes. College Success Coaches are in the middle schools once a week and the high schools four times a week. In the elementary schools, the Educational Director facilitates parent trainings.
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  • The College Tour: Provides up to 35 high school students with an opportunity to tour this great state of Florida to more than 10 colleges and universities in 5 days! More than just academics, this tour is an opportunity to build bonds outside of a structured classroom/program.
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  • Other Educational Options: SEED School of Miami, Acceleration Academies

College Resources

  • Peer Mentoring: Educate Tomorrow at Miami Dade College and the Educate Tomorrow mentoring program at Colorado State University have, a Peer Mentoring program, through which the student mentor receives a monthly stipend to support other students in the program. The Peer Mentor coordinates and manages the scholars and other Educate Tomorrow programs that may be offered. Typically one mentor can manage 10 scholars or students.  Service Year Alliance awarded Educate Tomorrow with the Innovation Award for creating "an innovative service year model that has the potential to solve a problem at scale and create powerful social change".
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  • Positive Pathways Program: The Florida Department of Children and Families contracts with Educate Tomorrow to be the lead agency operating the Positive Pathways Program.  The purpose of the Positive Pathways program is to be an informed, empathetic and professional support for students experienced foster care. Positive Pathways Provides postsecondary students who use the DCF tuition exemption with access to a network of campus- and community-based professionals that facilitate transition to and success in college.  
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  • Resource Center: As a physical location the Educate Tomorrow Resource Center provides a safe place for students to study, receive coaching, apply for jobs, prepare for entry to school (assessments) and learn about other community resources such as housing, food and jobs. It is also the site for group events such as birthday parties, graduation celebrations and life skills classes for program participants. The Educate Tomorrow Resource Center is a Department of Children and Families ACCESS site as well as a Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Access point for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
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  • AOK Scholars: Recipients of this program are supported by the generosity of the Lawrence E. White Family Foundation and Educate Tomorrow staff who provide professional coaching and support services as well as needs-based funding, professional development funding and incentives for good grades and graduation from college.  
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  • Fostering Panther Pride: Provides tailored academic and support services to students who experienced foster care or homelessness.
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  • Citrus Family Care Network: Provides physical and behavioral health care, school-based health programs, and housing and is the Community Based Care Lead Agency for foster care and related services in Miami-Dade and Monroe. Citrus FCN is a division of Citrus Health Network.

Employment

  • Finding Your Power, Purpose and Presence (P3) Executive Internship: Provides an opportunity for young ladies engage in two weeks of self-development and workforce readiness skills to prepare them for a six-week internship with local executive-level women where they earn a cash stipend and receive ongoing mentoring.
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  • Graduate Fellows: Provides positions that are individually-developed based on interests and provide financial support in the form of a paycheck, professional development, and job readiness training for selected senior-level students. Graduate Fellows typically get paid an hourly rate to build professionalism and relevant skills for their professional goals, while serving as a role-model for their peers.
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  • Changemaker Corps: Provides peer-to-peer mentoring and training on professionalism and social services. Changemakers provide enrollment assistance and academic support to their peers, and attend community service projects every month.

Tools

  • Educate Tomorrow App: Use this mobile or desktop app as a case management tool to connect your students with goal setting and life coaching and help them stay on track with their life and school goals. Students earn points for their successes which can be used to “purchase” rewards.  To download the Educate Tomorrow app you can enter "Educate Tomorrow" in the apple or android app stores.
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  • Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth: In 2019 Educate Tomorrow partnered with Helios Education Foundation to publish a policy brief exploring Florida's Policies, Programs, and Practices to Improve Post-secondary Education for Foster Youth.  

 

 

 

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