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In late 2016, leaders from six Miami organizations heard locals expressing a need for stronger relationships, deeper understanding, widespread kindness, and increased empathy. These leaders - Roberta Shevin (MCCJ), Nancy Ancrum (Miami Herald), Stephanie  Sylvestre (The Children’s Trust), Rebecca Mandelman and Matthew Beatty (The Miami Foundation), Claudia Grillo and Tammy Klingler  (United Way of Miami-Dade), and Rebecca Fishman Lipsey (Radical Partners) - came together and decided to take action.

Together, they dreamed up 10 Days of Connection, an initiative to confront increased divisiveness facing communities across the country. It is an annual community led challenge inspiring all locals to step out of their comfort zone and come together with people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, to unite in our shared humanity.

In 2018, the initiative expanded into Broward county through the leadership of Cori Meltzer (CFM Mediation), making the 10 Days of Connection a regional endeavor. This year, 185 leaders and organizations came together to challenge everyone in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to step out of their comfort zones and connect with people who are not like them, in whatever way they were ready. There were over 120 events hosted during the 10 days and thousands of locals participated.

Moving into its third year, Leslie Miller Saiontz (Achieve Miami) and Claudia Grillo (University of Miami) joined the leadership team alongside the founding group. The 2019 initiative was also supported by the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the Community Foundation of Broward.

We’re extremely grateful to the 180+ members of our host committee and what we’ve built together!

1 Million Cups

4 Girls Foundation

Achieve Miami

Act 2

Amazon

Amazonia Vocal Ensemble

American Jewish Committee Miami and Broward

American Red Cross

Anti-Defamation League

Arc Broward

Arianna’s Center

Art and Culture Center Hollywood

Arts 4 Learning

Ball and Chain

Baptist Health Brickell Run Club

Berger Singerman

Breakthrough Miami

Bridge to Hope

Broward College

Broward County Library

Broward International Women’s Club

Building.co

Camillus House

Capital One South Florida

Catalyst Miami

Cathy Leff

Center for Independent Living

Center for Social Change

CFM Mediation

Children Services Council

CIC Miami

Cinema Paradiso

City of Miami Beach

City of Fort Lauderdale

City of Hollywood Florida

City Year

Coalition of South Florida Muslims

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava

Commissioner Eileen Higgins

Community Foundation of Broward

Community Justice Project

Covenant House Florida

Cuba One

Cultured Innovations

Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section

Debris Free Oceans

Deliver the Dream

Dibia Dream

Disability Independence Group

Dream In Green

Early Learning Coalition

Empatthy

Engage Miami

Erica Britton

Fendell Ventures

Florida Association for Infant Mental Health

Florida Foster Care Review

Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association

Friends of the Stirling Road Library

Front Runners and Walkers Fort Lauderdale

FunNapped

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

Gilda's Club South Florida

Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida

Global Shapers Miami

Global Ties Miami

Goodwill South Florida

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Center

Guitars Over Guns

Health Foundation of South Florida

Hispanic Unity of Florida

History Fort Lauderdale

History Miami Museum

Homegrown Narratives

Impac Fund

Islamic Foundation of South Florida

Jen Klaassens

Jewish Community Services of South Florida

Jewish Federation of Broward County

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Katog Tinzing Ling - Meditation Center

Kiddos Magazine

La Romi Bakery

Las Comadres

Leadership Miami

LEAP

Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Live! Modern School of Music

LuLu’s Ice Cream

Loco Rio

Love Button

Louis Berlin

Making Moves Universal

Maven Leadership Collective

MCCJ

Miami Children’s Initiative

Miami Community

Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade County Census Group

Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works

Miami Dade County Commission for Women

Miami Homes for All

Miami Dade Public Library System

Miami-Dade Police Department

Miami Downtown Development Agency

Miami Herald

Miami Music Project

Miami Water Keeper

Mindful Kids Miami

Music Club of Hollywood Florida

Museum of Discovery and Science

Muslim Communities Association Miami

NAAAP Miami

Neighbor Volunteer Office

Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward

Nova Southeastern University

NSU Art Museum

O Cinema

One Billion Rising Miami

Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation

Overtown Youth Center

Pin Pan Pun & Co

P.S. 305

PACE Center for Girls Broward

PACE Center for Girls Miami

Pioneer Winter Collective

Puerto Rican Women Who Dine

Push To Open

Radical Partners

Repair The World

Roi Media Consultants Inc

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

RSMAS Climate Group

Santa La

Save

Sharsheret

Smart Miami

SMASH

Social Impact Movement

SoFlo Asian Community

SoFlo Dragons

South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

South Florida People of Color

Suited for Success

Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center

Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Sustain a Village

Target

Teach for America

Temple Etz Chaim

Temple of Sinai

Temple Solel

The Advocacy Network on Disabilities

The AO Insight Group

The Children’s Movement of Florida

The Children's Trust

The CLEO Institute

The Copper Door B&B

The Developing Mother

The Idea Center

The Miami Foundation

The Motivational Edge

The New Tropic

The Rhythm Foundation

The Smile Trust

The Thumb Fighter

The Urban Tour Host

The Women's Fund Miami-Dade

The WOW Center

Thomas Arthur Youth Ballet

ThumbsUp International

Thynk Global

Touching Miami with Love

Transportation Camp

TransSocial, Inc.

United Way of Miami-Dade

United Way of Broward Mission United

University of Miami

UP! Music

Venture Cafe Miami

Village of Palmetto Bay

Voices for Children

Wear Blue to Remember

We Count!

We Finish Together

We Run Network

Wells Fargo

WIN Lab Miami

Wynwood Yard

YES Institute

You Visit Foundation

Young Musicians Unite

Youth for Christ Greater Miami

YWCA Greater Miami-Dade

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To learn more about the initiative’s impact, check out our 2018 and 2019 impact reports.