Activate Overtown

Activate Overtown


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About Activate Overtown

Activate Overtown is a project focused on empowering and activating the community through the creation of changes in the built environment. This will be done through the implementation of a tactical urbanism project that is centered on redefining space and making changes to the built environment that can last from a couple of days to multiple years.  

This tactical urbanism project will be a community-led design that creates immediate changes to the built environment and builds momentum for more improvements while forming trust, partnerships, and improved relationships. Our aim through this project will also be to hire and train residents as Community Liaisons that will support the development and implementation of the project. UHP will build their capacity and knowledge about critical issues related to the built environment and community health. This will be done through several trainings and on the job experience through project related tasks, like outreach and site visits. In addition, to training and supervision related to the project, UHP will provide and coordinate career path training that would provide Community Liaisons opportunities to further their professional goals and gain relevant job skills.  

Outreach and Outcomes

The outreach portion of the project will engage residents and partners, gather their input and ideas, and ensure that these are represented in the built environment changes. The outreach will also provide an opportunity for community members to learn about ongoing issues in their communities, particularly as they relate to the intersection of health and the built environment, the implementation of other transportation projects, and advocating for changes they want to see in their community.  

We are planning to align the recommendations from the community and changes to the built environment into three categories that would promote use and access to and from: (1) Transit, (2) Schools, and (3) Parks. Each of these routes can include elements that will connect residents including youth to assets that will connect them to jobs and other programs.    

Please contact Laurie at Laurie@urbanhs.com if you have any questions. 

About Funder 

The Common Good Initiative, launched in 2014 by Allegany Franciscan Ministries, is designed to mobilize communities towards better health and wellness through community engagement, a long-term commitment of resources, and increased collaboration of residents and stakeholders. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has committed a significant amount of capital – human, financial, social, and spiritual – to the initiative.  With leadership and guidance from local Councils for the Common Good, we are working with community residents and stakeholders to create opportunities, develop strategies and make investments that lead to positive health outcomes for people in three underserved Florida communities. For more information, please visit the website here.

Meet the Activate Overtown Community Liaisons!

Meet Nancy Martinez!

Nancy Martínez has been living in Overtown for two years. Nancy is currently studying architecture and enjoys engaging in the community. As an Activate Overtown Community Liaison, she hopes to inspire and spread positive changeand making a difference towards a better environment for everyday people. 

Meet Adonis Romero!

Adonis is currently an engineering student, studying at Miami-Dade College. He has over four years of experience in community organizing and working with various organizations in South Florida and across the State, such as PowerU Center For Social Change, FL Student Power, Dream Defenders, The HOMY Collective, and others across the country. As a resident of Overtown, he is passionate about participating in programs to help make his community a better place to live, as well as providing opportunities for those who reside there, with a focus on the youth. His background has provided him a great understanding of community engagement, which goes hand-in-hand being a Community Liaison. 

Meet Tranell Harris!

Tranell Harris was born and raised in Miami, FL. She has four children, three boys and one girl. She previously worked in the Transportation Department of the Miami Dade County School Board for 16 years. Currently, Tranell works for a non-profit organization called Suited for Success. Tranell is passionate in helping individuals overcome tragic obstacles.  As an Activate Overtown Community Liaison, Tranell hopes to work with organizations that seek to give back.  


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For any questions and to learn how to get involved in the Activate Overtown project, please contact Laurie at Laurie@urbanhs.com.