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UGW GlOBAL ACADEMY updated by B.I.G. for UGW '19

WHAT IS THE ACADEMY?
FOOD SECURITY
    Urban Collaborative Farming, Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, CSA, Community Kitchens, Community         
    Fridges, Restaurant Partnerships, Legislative Change, etc.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
    Community Composting, Hammocks in Da Hood, Eco-Art Exhibits, Community Bird Watching
    Tours, etc.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    Participatory Budgeting, Community Health Education, Youth Development, Job
    Employment, Food Shares, etc.: Livitry

The UGW GLOBAL Academy is a community outreach program based on engagement, education, and entrepreneurship within the food system, locally, regionally, & globally. The aim is to create viable solutions to the social determinants of health that plague marginalized communities, through partnerships with local businesses, residents, and government agencies, with a focus on food security, environmental action, & social responsibility.

 

The Academy's central mission is to incubate initiatives and projects that not only move us towards a more food secure city, region, planet, but also restore our overall sense of stewardship in ourselves, and to each other & the planet. Projects that reduce not only our carbon footprint but our overall negative impact on our lives, our communities, and the planet. Projects that improve the place of the young people, esp. the black male, in today's America, by providing life & professional skills building, educational guidance & leadership, mentorship, etc. Project can range from Arts to Zed! 

The UGW GLOBAL Academy fosters cross-community coalition-building by redefining our approach with a look towards a community's strengths verses it's weaknesses/needs. By putting the power of the community back in the hands of its residents, we look to work together as a coalition aimed at accelerating and connecting the network of underutilized private and public (green) infrastructure opportunities in our communities. We start in Miami's District 5, (Liberty City & Brownsville). The idea being to create a Critical Mass, that can connect and represent OUR communities to the Greater City of Miami. 

The immediate objectives of the UGW GLOBAL Academy are to develop open green spaces ( such as, Cerasee Farm & other partner sites) into farm training, community building spaces; establish a Farm Training Workshop Program to train and mentor youth and residents in project protocol and management; expand and connect community composting programs through partnerships; and establish a coalition of partnering NFPs and local businesses that strive for new solutions to community economic development, youth development, community building, and community ownership.

 

The program is designed to partner with other aligned non-profit entities focused on:

 

  • Civic Engagement & Education: In order to create viable solutions to the SDOH, we must engage residents, business owners, and local government through awareness of and education on the issues that are affecting the SDOH, within a community. Increased knowledge helps to create personal connections to the issues and thus many like minds working together to identify and address these issues.

  • Community Entrepreneurship: Create partnerships with local businesses and NFPs so as to increase the young men real life skills that translate to economic success in the future. Real support for success i.e., financial literacy, business development, social media workshops, etc.

    • Provide local business owners with solutions that can help them to catalyze an underutilized infrastructure of kitchens and dining rooms to foster general entrepreneurship in the food system to catalyze a local food movement.

    • Engage local businesses, residents, and government to work with UGW GLOBAL to, increase demand for healthy locally grown produce by conducting outreach, workshops, training, meal prep in partnership between local restaurants and minority-owned restaurant owners into a learning environment to build and disseminate knowledge around post-pandemic food culture- entrepreneurship and healthy plant-based cooking.

  • Skills Training: utilize combined resources and physical assets to provide youth and residents with a wide range of service, support, training, and educational services aimed at increasing community involvement, ownership, and development by the residents, for the residents. 

Continuity: Engage program collaborator and partners to implement their OWN strategies that promote community development, youth development, and economic empowerment.