Communities of Promise: Join the solution!

Published On November 9, 2017 | Blog


“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

– African proverb

COP Mission
The COP coalition is a network of organizations that seek to empower the 33311 communities, families, and residents through collaborations, leveraging resources, and mutual support, as well as through cross-organizational events and tactics with a lens of racial and health equity and a goal of increasing civic engagement.

COP Vision
All COP Partners are committed to holistic approaches and interventions in areas including, but not limited to, health, economic empowerment, housing, culture, education, and community building. Our goal is to engage residents in driving educations and mobilization towards personal and professional advancement.

COP Pillars
– Leveraging partnerships and collaborations
– Engaging through social media
– Diverse organizational involvement
– Resident and community guidance and leadership

COP Leadership
COP consists of a Steering Committee made up of one Chair, one Co-Chair and one Secretary. Each Focus area committee has one lead or two co-leads. These terms are for one year.

COP Focus Areas
COP Focus Areas coincide with or encompass partners’ organizational goals/projects/services. COP partners participate in each of the focus-areas as desired.
– Partners are encouraged to actively participate in at least ONE Focus Area working group.
– Partners may join different Focus Area working groups.
– During monthly meetings, partners must join only ONE focus area break out. There will be opportunities to stay connected with other Focus Area work/projects through the monthly meeting “Report Backs” and at separate Focus Area-scheduled calls/meetings.
– Different Focus Area working groups can collaborate for specific projects/events.
– Partners commit to leveraging services, resources, assistance, participation, and outreach efforts to accomplish Focus Area projects, events, and other engagements.
– Each Focus Area working group commits to planning, developing, and implementing, at least ONE collaboration within 6 months.

– COP Chair, Marie Huntley –
– COP Co-Chair, Kareisha Davis –

1. Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
1. Projects include: community gardens, walking groups and physical activity engagements, fun nutrition education and empowerment, and more
2. Lead/Contact: Marketa Knight, YMCA of South Florida
3. Partners include: YMCA, Urban League of Broward County, Jack and Jill, YAA ArtHouse, Center for Independent Living -Broward, etc.

2. Economic Justice and Jobs
1. Projects include: Financial Literacy Youth Event
2. Lead/Contact: Mark Reyes, Urban League of Broward County
3. Partners include: Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Lauderdale, OIC, Urban League of Broward County, 4H, YMCA etc.

3. Mentorship and Education
1. Projects include: literacy programs and engagement, youth empowerment
2. Lead/Contact: Easton Harrison (MBK / YMCA)
3. Partners include: On-Call Leadership, OIC, YAA ArtHouse, Nova Southeastern University, City of Fort Lauderdale, etc.

4. Mind, Body, and Soul
1. Projects include:
2. Lead/Contact: Knellee Bisram (AHAM Education) and Alena Alberani (Broward Regional Health Planning Council/TOUCH) and AAlberani@BRHPC.ORG
3. Partners: Smith Community Mental Health, South Florida Wellness Network

5. Housing Empowerment
1. Projects include: home ownership engagement, financial literacy
2. Lead/Contact: Scott Strawbridge (HACFL)
3. Partners include: Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Lauderdale, H2H, etc.


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