Miami's Community News reports new funding to support Miami-Dade Youth Programs.
The Children’s Trust Board of Directors approved on Monday, April 17, 2023, a $383 million funding allocation to support 143 after-school and summer camp programs in Miami-Dade County over the next five years. This represents an overall increase in Trust-funded program locations from 484 to 682, including a 41% expansion in priority areas. The robust support is part of The Trust’s continuous five-year community needs assessment and funding planning process, with $76.7 million provided to programs annually, so long as the programs continue meeting required standards of care and upon annual Board approval. The funding recommendations were made following an extensive and transparent RFP process.
“Securing sufficient funding is crucial for us and other providers to continue to deliver valuable services to our communities in Miami,” said Shownda Pagan, CEO of Trust-funded service provider Belafonte TACOLCY Center, located in Liberty City. “Together, we can ensure that every child has access to a safe, supportive, and engaging environment that facilitates their academic and personal development.”