The energy level is high at the Human Services Coalition, as volunteers and staff gear up for the fourth Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference, to be held May 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Israel in downtown Miami. This conference, “Sustaining Livable Communities through Civic Activism,” is part of a three-year series of forums. The last conference drew nearly 200 participants and focused on economic equity.

Commissioner Katy Sorenson, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, Gihan Perera of Miami Workers Center and others will discuss initiatives they are working on to bolster community engagement. This mix of public officials and community activists reflects the diversity of the Imagine Miami program.

Imagine Miami Changemaker Conferences provide participants with the opportunity to network with other locals who are invested in making Miami a vibrant, prosperous city. Workshops such as “Transportation Equity” will inform conference-goers about initiatives in Miami-Dade that seek to make the county more sustainable.
“What community members will get out of this conference is hope,” said Director of Imagine Miami Maame-Mensima Horne. “A lot of cynicism exists about the financial and social state of Miami, yet a number of people are working tirelessly to bring about change. We want people to get excited about these projects and, more importantly, get involved.”

Online pre-registration for the conference is available at www.hscdade.org. Entrance to the conference costs $25 online or $30 at the door. This includes refreshments and lunch. Scholarships are available; details are on the website.

Imagine Miami is an initiative of the Human Services Coalition that seeks to connect people to purpose and place through civic networking.

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