TACOLCY utilizes a strategic mix of best practice program models and services designed to support children and families. What started in a pool hall in 1966 as a way to give young people a voice in their community is now one of the largest, private non-profit youth service agencies in Miami. Housed on a gorgeous 3.5 acre City of Miami park in Liberty City, TACOLCY serves its predominantly minority community in one of the highest areas of need in Miami-Dade County. It has a long and effective history of educational, preventative, interventionary, recreational and family development initiatives that prioritize cultural and linguistic competency. A winner of numerous awards and recognitions, TACOLCY continues to be regarded as one of Miami's 'go-to' institutions for youth and families.
TACOLCY strives to help families realize their dreams by redressing points of vulnerability and providing supports during the journey from birth through adulthood. TACOLCY's holistic approach uses a system of care model to cover 7 core principles through 4 programmatic areas. Literacy, Arts and Culture, Environmental Education, Civic Leadership, Community Wellness, Violence Prevention and Leadership Development are infused into Out-of-School Time, Health and Wellness, Family Intervention and Youth Development programs. TACOLCY's evolution has allowed it to transcend a traditional service provider regimen by integrating a blended social service and social change paradigm.