OUR ORGANIZATIONS


BELAFONTE TACOLCY CENTER - formed in 1966 amid racial and economic tensions to give young people filled with frustration, ways to voice how their community could transform poverty and violence into positive change. Its founder, Frances Henderson, was a woman with great vision and energy, who began TACOLCY in a small wooden neighborhood house so youth would have a safe place to gather. She campaigned to enlist celebrities and politicians to help build up TACOLCY programs. Early supporters included Muhammad Ali, Jackie Gleason and Sidney Poitier. In December of 1967, entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte made a generous donation that enabled TACOLCY to create and provide programs for youth. As a result the center was renamed the Belafonte TACOLCY Center. It’s mission is to equip youth and families with the fundamentals necessary to move their lives and social standards beyond the distressed nature of what they may encounter daily, through programs emphasizing continued education; technology; athletics; and the arts.


SMOKE SIGNALS STUDIO is a grassroots Arts space and Recording Studio located in Little Haiti. Miami. It was founded by poet and educator Aja Monet and community organizer Phillip Agnew, established as a true union of the arts and community. Smoke Signals believes that artists are the “gatekeepers to truth” and that music and the arts are essential tools for healing, expressing, imagining and transforming the pain and triumphs of people’s lives. 


COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROJECT, INC. is a Miami-based group of community lawyers providing innovative legal and strategic support to social justice movements in South Florida.


Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, DREAM DEFENDERS is a statewide grassroots organization of communities across Florida. The Dream Defenders are a diverse group of young people who build power by organizing services, direct-action, and political-education programming for community civic engagement and transformational justice. 
 

KNIGHT FOUNDATION is a national foundation with strong local roots, investing  in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The Knight Foundation goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy.