Community meeting with artist Walter Hood

OLCDC exposes youth to contemporary ballet at YoungArts

On Saturday, November 7, OLCDC took 85 Opa-locka students and parents from Spiritz Performing Arts & North Dade Middle School to see a dance performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet as part of the Outside the Box Series sponsored by the Young Arts Foundation. Now in its second year, the Series engages the public, inspires artists, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation.

Kids help design new Kaboom playground at Park City Apartments

On August 18, 2015, Park City kids helped design a new play space at OLCDC's Park City Apartments at 845 NW 155 Lane, Miami, FL 33169. OLCDC, the CarMax Foundation and other partners will build the space to provide a safe and engaging place for resident children to play.

Refer at-risk elementary students to the OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise program

Recognizing the importance of providing a comprehensive system of care to improve outcomes for children and support their families, the OLCDC and partners have developed Keeping Our Promise (KOP). KOP provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services to elementary school students displaying at-risk behaviors and attending schools in the Opa-locka area to positively affect their educational performance. The program focuses on building more supportive communities, improving coordination of services, and strengthening cohesive engagement among schools, families, agencies, and service providers.

Student referrals to KOP can be submitted by schools, local churches, law enforcement agencies, local child and family service providers, etc. To make a referral, complete and fax the Referral Form to (305) 919-4053.

OLCDC hosts 2015 Summer Math & Robotics Camp

From July 7 through July 31, OLCDC and partners conducted a free Summer Camp for middle school students, combining exciting robotics with a fun focus on preparation for the mathematics sections of the FSA.

Students attended daily classes in mathematics; enjoyed hands-on robotics and coding activities; participated in weekly field trips; learned about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and talked with inspirational guest speakers.

OLCDC & partners teach about the environment at Magnolia North Park

On July 8, 2015, Citizens for a Better South Florida and OLCDC presented a special environmental education program at Magnolia North Park. Participants learned about native plants, wildlife, conservation and sustainability through hands-on and experiential activities.

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