Issue 16January 26, 2011
in this issue
Prosperity Campaign launches free tax preparation
Join the PLTI and CLTI Class of 2011
Meet the Public Allies c/o 2011
Opportunity for ACTion
Save the Date: Tallahassee Days of Action
Consumer guide to medical debt
Catalyst Miami welcomes new staff
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Imagine Miami: Meaningful Youth Engagement Highlights


Additional photos from the event can be viewed on the NEW Catalyst Miami Facebook Fan Page.

Prosperity Campaign Free Tax Prep Season Launch

Join Catalyst Miami in launching this year's free tax preparation season. The Prosperity Campaign connects low-wage workers to existing economic benefits programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. It also seeks to provide individuals and families with benefits such as health insurance, food stamps (SNAP) and financial literacy programs that will help them improve their standard of living.

VITA Tax-Prep & EITC Kick-Off

Friday, January 28th, 2011

10 A.M - 12 Noon

Catalyst Miami
1900 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 200,  Miami, FL 33132

The Prosperity Campaign, working with a network of Prosperity Centers, assisted over 14,000 families since 2003 to obtain almost $15 million in refunds, generating an economic impact of over $60 million. Employers can join this win-win-win effort by sharing this program with your employees; EITC means more money in employees pockets and more money in the local economy.


Find out more at or call 311 to be connected to one of the 70+ free tax prep sites in the county.  List of Free Tax Prep Sites in Miami-Dade 2011  

Join the 2011 class of PLTI and CLTI


Click here for info on CLTI, a new program this year thanks to support from JP Morgan Chase


Applications are available here in English and Spanish

PLTI Alumni Success Stories

Our PLTI alumni go on to do great things after graduation. Lorrie Belovich has successfully campaigned for and orchestrated the Miami screening of the educational reform film Race To Nowhere, which has become a grassroots sensation with parents concerned about the high stress nature of our current educational model. Sunrise School of Miami, in partnership with many supporting organizations, is screening the incredible film "Race to Nowhere" followed by a panel discussion with local experts moderated by David Lawrence Jr (former publisher of the Miami Herald and Founder of The Children's Trust) Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational Church.


For more success stories click here. 

Meet the Public Allies Miami Class of 2011


Public Allies Miami Presents Meet the Allies


Please join us to meet the 2011 Miami Public Allies and  learn about their compelling community work and impact!  

Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 P.M.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139

**Free Admission- Donations Welcomed**


Please RSVP with names of guest to Santra Denis at: or (305) 576-5001, ext. 4

Upcoming Opportunities for ACTion


Catalyst Miami provides Advocacy Corps Trainings designed to enhance the resources and tools community members and partners need to become skilled advocates around local and statewide issues. Each workshop focuses on one key advocacy and policy strategy.  Topics include tax and budget, education, and healthcare access. Strategies include letters to the editor, public speaking, and building coalitions. We can also design an Advocacy Corps Training specific to your community's needs. Trainings start in February, click here for details


For more information and to sign up contact: La Rhonda Odom, 305-576-5001 ext. 12 or

All Roads Lead to Tallahassee



Families USA Offers Consumer Guide to Help Families Cope with Medical Debt

If you are one of the millions of people who are struggling to pay medical bills, you should be aware of the steps you can take to reduce or manage your debt. If you owe money to a hospital or medical provider, do not ignore your bills. Follow this link for tips "A Consumer's Guide to Medical Debt"    This article provided courtesy of Florida CHAIN 

Catalyst Miami Welcomes New Staff 

It is with great joy that Catalyst Miami welcomes our newest staff additions: 

Keith Moak, VP for Administration,

Cheryl Mizell, Communications Director,

Santra Denis, Public Allies Program Manager,

Armando Mastrapa, Single Stop Coordinator,

Visit our staff directory for bios.

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