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Policy & Advocacy

We activate individuals and organizations to work together in coalition toward the goal of building a just and thriving Miami.

We believe community members should be at the helm of public decision-making, particularly regarding issues that are central to their lives. That’s why we train individuals to become grassroots leaders and build high-impact coalitions to effect change. Our policy and advocacy work also enables us to conduct deep community engagement, as well as coordinate and develop community-led programs that increase civic participation and resilience. Through this collective approach, we believe we can better build power toward constituency-informed policy and system reforms.

Our advocacy and mobilization initiatives are creating transformative ecosystems.

Building, growing and catalyzing
Building, growing and catalyzing new networks
Connecting and leveraging
Connecting and leveraging existing networks
Achieving policy wins
Achieving policy wins through networks
Increasing voter education and engagement
Increasing voter education and engagement
Raising the level of community-led advocacy
Raising the level of community-led advocacy
Boosting community participation
Boosting community participation in town halls, associations, committees
Providing leadership development
Providing leadership development and opportunities to learn about public policy
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Issues We Care About

Policy change is needed to ensure everyone's needs are met; distribute resources equitably; amend or enforce existing laws; and respond to new threats. For Catalyst Miami, the policy issues that take priority are those that are critical to the well-being of Miami-Dade’s low-wealth communities, as well as issues that the community emphasizes are important.

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Neighborhood-based Resilience

Catalyst Miami’s neighborhood-based resilience initiative focuses on the following communities: Homestead/South Dade, Overtown, and North Miami. The goal of this initiative is to facilitate grassroots-led, neighborhood-level community organizing, so that residents can unite around transformative change that allows their community to better prepare for and recover from all of life’s storms.

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Network Development and Support

Catalyst Miami supports new and existing networks with the goal of building capacity across sectors, issues, and communities. Two examples are the Miami Climate Alliance and the Miami-Dade Oral Health Network (MDOHN). By linking our leadership graduates to groups like these, we foster sustained, effective activism. Network-backed action plays a critical role in policy wins on the issues we care about.

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Leadership Training

Through our leadership development work, Catalyst Miami has helped hundreds of adults and youth find their voices through public policy training and practice. We’ve also created leadership pipelines, connecting community members with opportunities to speak out, whether at commission meetings or by serving on municipal boards.

We are committed to tailoring our civic leadership programming to community-identified priorities. Our goal is to inspire resident-informed, resident-led resilience strategies that include a grassroots, community-driven policy agenda.

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Disability Rights & The Enable Project

The Enable Project is a Catalyst-led coalition that trains nonprofits about inclusion of people with disabilities in their organizations and movements. The goals of this collaborative project are three-fold:

  1. to assist persons with disabilities in securing public benefits to which they are entitled;
  2. to increase civic engagement among people with disabilities so that their voice is heard in policy decisions that impact their lives; and
  3. to increase the representation of people with disabilities in social justice movements. 

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Catalyst to the Capital

Every year, we organize a three-day trip to Tallahassee, during which a delegation of community members, partners, and staff members meet with elected officials to discuss the issues of greatest concern to the communities we work with. Participants of Catalyst to the Capital (C2C) receive training, meet with legislators, and advocate for their communities.

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