Sister City Initiative

SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED RESIDENTSCONNECTING NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIESFOSTERING COMMUNITY GROWTH
Key Biscayne & Liberty City's

SISTER CITY INITIATIVE

In 2013, building upon Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press’ decade long service to Liberty City, the Village of Key Biscayne, Miami Children’s Initiative, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Himan Brown Charitable Trust, and  Chief Press Foundation partnered to create the Sister City Initiative. The objective is to join the Village of Key Biscayne and neighboring Liberty City to provide better outcomes for the children & families of Liberty City while providing opportunities for residents of each community to grow, learn, and care about each other.

MISSION

The mission of the Sister City Initiative is to create a lasting partnership of support, enrichment, education, and growth between the Village of Key Biscayne and neighborhood of Liberty City.

VISION

Our vision is to foster community growth & encourage inter-community engagement while educating and supporting the residents of both communities in order to create a more prepared, connected, and supportive greater community.

OBJECTIVE

The Sister City Initiative’s objective is two-fold: (1) to provide better outcomes for children & families in underserved communities; and, (2) to provide opportunities for neighbors of different socio-economic levels to learn and care about each other.

THE SISTER CITY INITIATIVE

In 2013, building upon Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press’ decade long service to Liberty City, the Village of Key Biscayne, Miami Children’s Initiative, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Himan Brown Charitable Trust, and  Chief Press Foundation partnered to create the Sister City Initiative. The objective is to join the Village of Key Biscayne and neighboring Liberty City to provide better outcomes for the children & families of Liberty City while providing opportunities for residents of each community to grow, learn, and care about each other.

The Sister City Initiative’s objective is two-fold: 1) to provide better outcomes for children in underserved communities; and, 2) to provide opportunities for neighbors of different socio-economic levels to learn and care about each other.

Under the Sister City Initiative’s umbrella, numerous community programs have been created, including:

  • Chief Press’ Christmas in July
  • Chief Press’ Holiday Relief
  • Annual Fourth of July Parade
  • Liberty City Food Co-op
  • Michael’s Magic Camp
  • Wellness in the Schools, and more!
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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Under the Sister City Initiative’s umbrella, various community programs have been developed and launched. Each of these programs follows our goals of bettering the outcomes of children and families in underserved communities, fostering community growth,  and uniting neighboring communities.

Chief Press' Christmas in July

For over 12 years, Chief Press and the Police Department have worked to positively impact the relationship between the police and the children in Liberty City. Christmas in July is a collaboration between the Key Biscayne Police Department and the Miami Children’s Initiative which hosts over 250 Liberty City children for a fun-filled event with various activities, including water-slides, games, food, and music.

Chief Press' Holiday Relief

Every year Chief Press and the Police Department purchase hundreds of toys & turkeys for the residents of Liberty City at Christmas time. Chief Press and his officers take their day off to personally handout the toys to the Liberty City children that line up to receive what is most likely their only gift. The following week, the Chief is back in Liberty City to handout more than 250 turkeys to seniors so they can have a holiday meal with their families.

4th of July Parade

The Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade has become a time honored tradition in the Village and in the greater Miami-Dade region. Every July, the parade brings in a tremendous number of people to enjoy the sights and sounds of the parade & a day of celebration for Key Biscayne residents and underserved neighboring communities.

Catalytic Philanthropy

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation & Himan Brown Charitable Trust approach charitable giving with a catalytic philanthropy model in order to maximize the opportunities afforded by community and partnership. Together, we practice catalytic philanthropy in grant making to Liberty City programming via the Key to Giving program.

Golf & Tennis Kidz Day

In collaboration with two leading sports training academies, Arraya Tennis Academy and Crandon Golf Academy, we host 120 Liberty City Kids residing in MCI’s Impact Zone at Crandon Park Golf Course with a multi-sport fun day of tennis and golf, providing Liberty City’s children with an incredible and inspirational experience that will enable them not only to learn new skills but to dream big.

Liberty City Food Co-op

Key Biscayne resident Pat Molinari merged her experience and knowledge as a caterer with her interests in helping the larger community to create the Liberty City Food Co-op which provides more than 100 Liberty City residents with fresh and healthy produce twice a month via a pop up “farmers market” where residents are able to pick up their produce for the next two weeks.

Michael's Magic Camp

Through Michael's Magic Camp, roughly 90 inner-city youth participate each year in this educational, life-enhancing two-week adventure at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center. Through enriching hands-on activities, the camp teaches these campers how to protect, preserve, and respect South Florida’s fragile environment.

Wellness in the Schools

The Sister City Initiative helps to support the implementation of Wellness in the Schools, an organization piloting healthy eating and play in public schools. Wellness in the Schools has three distinct programs, Cook for Kids, Coach for Kids, and Green for Kids, each of which promotes an important dimension of healthy living and habit formation.
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IN THE WORKS

The Sister City Initiative and Key to Giving program are working tirelessly to create new programming that will benefit the greater community. Aside from the Key to Giving Talent program applications, we are currently working to launch: a basketball youth sports program, an eye protection, and a mobile pediatric eye care unit.

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SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED RESIDENTSCONNECTING NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIESFOSTERING COMMUNITY GROWTH
Get In Touch With Us

CONTACT SISTER CITY INITIATIVE

Interested in learning more? Have a question for us? The Sister City Initiative is operated by the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, and we are happy to field any of your questions or comments. Just use the contact form below, or contact us via our contact information here.

SISTER CITY INITIATIVE

88 W. McIntyre Street, Suite 200
Key Biscayne, FL
33149
(305) 361-2770
9:00am to 5:00pm
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