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Miami Dade College Students to Join Target 2020 Florida Summit

New report to be released on Miami Millennials summit

Miami, May 24, 2012 - Nearly a hundred Miami Dade College (MDC) students have been selected to participate in the Target 2020 Florida Summit, which will be held June 1 – 3 at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Presented in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal with the summit is to increase college graduation rates and get more Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) involved in the community.   

“ believes that Millennial community college students have the unique experiences and innovative ideas that will change the future of education and civic health across the country,” said CEO Maya Enista Smith. “This summit is an opportunity for those student engagement and college completion ideas to become a reality with an investment from that will make an impact on student success and Millennial civic health in Miami.”

The summit will feature a keynote address by U.S. Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha J. Kanter, a former community college president and chancellor in California and the first community college leader to serve in the under secretary position. Other prominent guests will include MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón, Isa Adney author of “Community College Success” and Damian Thorman, national program director of the Knight Foundation.

Students will share challenges they faced in achieving their academic goals - and collaborate on solutions that will help all students overcome them. The top five solutions, proposed as projects and selected by summit participants using keypad voting technology, will win a share of $25,000 from and a year of expert support to be implemented as campus, community or online projects.

Also at the summit, Sen. Bob Graham and local leaders will release the Miami Millennial Civic Health Report, which found that Miami’s residents ages 18-30 ranked lower than their counterparts across the state and nation on indicators like volunteering and voting. Young adults without any college experience were particularly cut off from civic life. A panel with Sen. Graham, Miami Dade Schools’ Alberto Carvalho and MDC’s Executive Director of Student Success and Completion Initiatives Dr. Lenore Rodicio will spark a conversation on how to engage Miami’s young residents.

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, founded by Sen. Graham and Congressman Lou Frey, and the National Conference on Citizenship, produced the report. The Knight Foundation funded’s expansion to Miami and three other cities.

“Nationally, four out of five teens say they want to be involved in community action and social change, yet only a quarter of young adults actually take part. There’s a huge, untapped resource there of people to better their communities. They need an open door, they need to be asked to contribute,” said Thorman of the Knight Foundation. “Through their summits, engages young adults who are naturally passionate about their communities, and turns that energy into action.”

About empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems. Utilizing technology and social networking to connect Millennials on and offline, convenes Millennials from around the country to discuss issues impacting the Millennial Generation and to develop sustainable solutions to address them. To learn more, visit

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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