UPDFCC has its roots in the Urban Partnership (UP), a collaborative of faith-based organizations and other providers from the Greater Liberty City/Little Haiti community who joined together mid-2009 to address the fact that behavioral outcomes forchildren from the targeted areas were not good.
Members of UP recognized the importance of addressing the community’s youth substance abuse issues and initiated action by conducting a readiness assessment. Subsequently, UP members deliberated and voted in favor of establishing a drug-free, prevention-specific coalition: the Urban Partnership Drug-Free Communities Coalition.
GA is one of the founding partners of the Urban Partnership of Miami-Dade. We continue to support this program through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This drug-free coalition facilitates collaborative planning, targeted capacity building and resource leveraging among twelve sectors:
- Miami County Commission, District 2
- City of Miami
- Florida International University
- Public Defender’s Office
- State’s Attorney Office
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
- Miami-Dade County Schools
- City of Miami Police Department
- The Children's Trust
- Miami Times
- New Horizons Mental Health
- Grace Community Church
- South Florida Behavior Health Network
- Island TV
- Hope for Miami
- Catalyst Miami
- Jessie Trice Community Health
- Chef Creole
UPDFCC has established a Youth Frontliners Coalition, a program for students who are trained using the Lead and Seed Curriculum. Through this training, middle and high school students have been equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out environmental strategies on a youth level within their schools and community.