Thank You For Helping Me Make a Difference In The Lives of Children & Families in Liberty City!

Posted by: Cecilia on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Cecilia & Grayson
After almost ten years in Miami, I am leaving this beautiful community and this incredible organization. As many of you know, I am the mom to an amazing 16 month old boy and its time for us to move closer to our family.
It has been my honor to work with the children and families of Liberty City over the past five years. As President and CEO for the last four of my five years with MCI, I am amazed and uplifted to see the impact our block by block approach has made in our 29 block Impact Zone. I know the best is yet to come.
During my oversight, MCI has transformed from an agency with a budget of less than half a million dollars to a thriving organization of almost three million dollars. In addition to significantly increasing revenue and funding, we have also dramatically impacted children and families in Liberty City. We have been able to embed ourselves with our neighbors and gain the trust of residents who were once wary and skeptical. Quite simply we have facilitated change. We launched a block- by-block strategy within the Impact Zone that has brought considerable national attention to the organization, along with a unique fundraiser "Over the Edge Miami" that has raised more than $400,000 thousand dollars. During my term, MCI became a 2015 Day of Service Site with the Clinton Global Initiative. We formalized a partnership with Chief Press of the Key Biscayne Police Department and the Key Biscayne Community Foundation to create our "Sister-City Initiative." And, we secured a two- year award of half a million dollars from Citi, beating out more than 60 organizations in Miami alone, to support our community strategy and MCI's infrastructure.
What I am most proud of is the hundreds of children whom we have served and continue to do so daily.  Together, with Principal Tracie Abner, Charles R. Drew K-8 Center went from an F to a B school and the community space has become a beacon of hope for so many. On Jan. 20th, my team and I opened another community space in the Lincoln Fields within the Impact Zone, proving once again our courage to enter the toughest neighborhoods in Liberty City and ensure hundreds of children are given an opportunity to reach their fullest potential. And last week, the Resident Council for Annie Coleman #16 visited their new office, which will become the third community space in the Impact Zone, ensuring that this work continues to be driven by the needs of the residents.
None of this would have been possible without your support.  It is my sincerest hope that you'll remain engaged in Liberty City and with MCI.  As my last parting gift, today we launched MCI's new web presence, http://www.iamlibertycity.org - may you love it as much as I do.
I leave MCI more confident than when I took it over - more determined to continue this work, and 100% certain that being a part of a collective impact initiative to end trans-generational poverty for affected families is my destiny.
Thank you for your support throughout the years and for the opportunity to do work that I love for so long.
For more information about the transition or to schedule a tour or day of service, please contact Shownda Pagan, MCI's Interim CEO at spagan@miamichildrensinitiative.org or (305) 514-6120.
With love! 



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