Opportunities abound for youth at Greater Miami Service Corps

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department’s Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) is recruiting students ages 14-17 for the District 9 Safety Net Leadership Institute. The Safety Net Leadership Institute was created by District 9 Commissioner Kionne McGhee with unified support from Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, community leaders and experts.

“Students all over Miami-Dade County deserve access to quality afterschool programming on leadership, financial awareness, tutoring, mentorship, career exploration, and more, to support their growth and expand their access to new opportunities,” Mayor Levine Cava said. “Investing in our youth is the best way to build a more prosperous and safer future for everyone in our county.”

As a GMSC graduate and knowing the benefits of such an experience, the program is a priority for Commissioner McGhee.

“I am committed to making sure that our District 9 youth receive positive and progressive youth development services,” the commissioner said.

GMSC also offers Out-of-School Youth programming to residents ages 18-24. Participants can “Earn While They Learn,” and get a high school diploma or GED, gain free credential training, and obtain educational scholarships.

Last year, the program celebrated its first virtual graduation and “drive-thru” for youth earning a high school diploma or industry credentials in construction or internet technology.

Eighty-two participants were awarded $186,779 in AmeriCorps Educational Scholarships.

Participants contributed over 46,125 service hours completing public benefit projects including food distribution, beautification of low-income homes, and other community revitalization services.

“For the past 30 years, Greater Miami Service Corps has linked youth to education, career exploration, personal and leadership development, and civic engagement. These are important steppingstones to achieving adult success,” said Deborah Dorsett, GMSC director.

For more information about The Safety Net Leadership Institute in District 9, call Dimika Martin Smith at 786-804-7731. To learn more about the Out-of-School Youth Program, call 305-638-4672 or 305-242-7950. Contact both programs via email at info@gmscmiami.com.

CAHSD’s mission is to empower families, individuals, and communities through the provision of comprehensive social services. To learn more about the Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department, call 786-469-4600 or visit www.miamidade.gov/global/socialservices/home.page.


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