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Policy & Advocacy

We activate individuals and organizations in network-driven efforts to build a just and thriving Miami.


We believe community members should lead the conversation about issues that affect their lives. That’s why we train individuals to become grassroots leaders and build high-impact networks 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 solve issues and help achieve 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 basic needs are met, establish fairness, redistribute 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 those that the community emphasizes are important to them. In accordance with this mission, Catalyst Miami seeks to support policy change on the following issue areas.

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Neighborhood-based Resilience

Catalyst Miami’s neighborhood-based resilience initiative focuses on the following communities: Homestead/South Dade, Overtown, Northeast Corridor (Little Haiti/North Miami/North Miami Beach), Miami Gardens, and Hialeah. The goal of this initiative is to increase community participation by actively engaging community members at every level, and by bringing Catalyst’s services to people where they live and work. By integrating the work of Catalyst Miami into these neighborhoods, we’re also creating a mechanism to help residents 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. 

Now we’re tailoring our civic leadership programming to community-identified priorities and delivering it via neighborhood-based efforts in five communities—Homestead/South Dade, Overtown, Northeast Corridor, Miami Gardens, and Hialeah. The goal is to create resident-informed, resident-led resilience strategies that include a 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 serve. Participants of Catalyst to the Capital (C2C) attend training, meet with legislators, and hold a press conference. 

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