Three Florida cities have received national accolades for their community collaborations.
The City of Fort Lauderdale is the 2023 All-America City Hall of Fame Inductee. Named an All-America City in 2014, Fort Lauderdale is being recognized for its collaborative engagement surrounding establishment of the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in the City’s oldest African American community. The Hall of Fame award recognizes communities implementing a community-driven initiative resulting in local impact.
The Community Center was created by collaborating with the City, the YMCA and community partners. The Center aims to engage community members in offerings such as GED and job readiness through Broward College, job placement, preschool, meeting space, a theater, gymnasium, wellness center, co-working space and swimming pool. Curated murals, artwork and photographs pay respect to the location’s history, the Black community and pioneers. To see a video of images from the Center, click here.